The 16th Regional JODI Training Workshop for Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Europe took place in Odessa, Ukraine from 12-16 March 2018. The event was held jointly with IEA for EU4Energy Training Week on Monthly Statistics and hosted by the European Union under the EU4Energy Project initiative.
The Workshop was organised by the IEF with the support of the JODI Partners: APEC, Eurostat, GECF, IEA, OPEC, OLADE and UNSD. Trainers from Eurostat, GECF and UNSD were present for benefits of the energy data professionals in charge of hydrocarbon data collection and dissemination at national administrations in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Europe.
Some 50 delegates from 10 countries took part in the Workshop designed to raise awareness of JODI and improve the national capacity to achieve better JODI data submission from these regions. The Workshop was opened by Mr Ihor Verner, Chair of State Statics Services of Ukraine, and was also attended by representatives from the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine.
Through hands-on exercises, participants learned methodologies to condense data from complex energy supply chains into simple JODI questionnaire formats. Participants actively exchanged their own experiences so that the group inspired each other to identify the best practices and better data reporting mechanism.
Workshop attendees also benefited from a parallel forum on transportation policies held under EU4Energy framework, with a special emphasis on the need for reliable data to make effective policy decisions. The theme of this forum highlighted the JODI mission for Better Data, Better Decisions.
JODI Regional Training Workshops are held in line with Objective 3 of the JODI 5-Year Action Plan to continue to strengthen capacity building efforts to improve JODI Data quality, timeliness and availability.
The JODI Partners will follow-up on outstanding issues identified during the workshop and commitments made by participating countries to ensure greater data transparency within the region.