12th Regional JODI Training Workshop for Latin American and Caribbean Countries

22-24 October 2015   |   Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago


The 12th Regional JODI Training Workshop was held in Port of Spain from 20-22 October 2015. Hosted by the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries of Trinidad and Tobago, this capacity-building workshop was organised by the IEF Secretariat with the technical support of JODI partners APEC, GECF, IEA and OLADE. The GECF and OLADE also provided financial support that was invaluable in opening up participation in the workshop to a significant number of key statistical officers in charge of hydrocarbon data collection at national administrations of Latin American & Caribbean Countries, with more than 30 delegates from 20 countries taking part.

The workshop was designed not only to raise awareness and build better understanding of the Joint Organisations Data Initiative (JODI), but also to strengthen the capacity of statistical bureaus in the region, and to encourage improved submissions from the Latin American & Caribbean countries that participate in the initiative.

The participation of key experts in charge of energy data from several of the JODI partner organisations provided delegates with a good overview of JODI and highlighted the importance of cooperation in the quest for global data transparency. One of the key users of JODI data - Energy Intelligence Group – took part in the workshop via tele-conference from their New York City office, providing useful insights from a data-user perspective.

The workshop’s hands-on training sessions also provided an opportunity for delegates to receive detailed instruction on JODI definitions, and to learn more about the data quality assessment techniques necessary for the accurate and timely completion of JODI questionnaires. Experience-sharing among and between countries participating in JODI proved to be particularly useful, especially in regard to the need to improve submissions from this important region.

JODI partner organisation OLADE has committed to work with the Latin American & Caribbean countries in its membership to facilitate follow-up on commitments and action items from the workshop so as to ensure that improvements to the quality and timeliness of data submissions are realised to best effect.