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Report of the Asia-Pacific POPIN Expert Working Group on Population Information Networking, 16-20 October 1986, Beijing, China.
Bangkok, Thailand, [ESCAP], 1987. 54 p. (Asian Population Studies Series No. 83; ST/ESCAP/517; RAS/86/P14)An infrastructure for the collection, analysis, dissemination, and utilization of population data and information has been established in the Asia-Pacific Region to help national planners to formulate effective population policies and monitor family planning programs. At present, there are 13 national population information popin centers in the region. The Asia-Pacific POPIN Expert Working Group on Population Information Networking met in Beijing in October 1986 to consider areas where networking could strengthen national population information centers and services, to identify priority areas for action and development in the coming period, and to recommend modalities for the realization of specific networking activities. Conference participants noted that further emphasis on population information networking would increase the exchange of useful, multidisciplinary information among countries and lead to improvements in the structure and management of various population programs. In view of the important role that each of the subregional, regional, and global POPIN networks plays in information dissemination, it was recommended that the 2-way flow of population information from the national POPIN centers to the subregional networks to the regional and global networks and vice versa should be enhanced. Creation of an advisory committee to suggest ways and means to further institutionalize Asia-Pacific POPIN in terms of coordination, policy formation, and program planning was also recommended. Technical working groups focused on computerization and dissemination were suggested as well. Considering ESCAP's resource constraints, it was recommended that the developed countries and international donor agencies be approached to provide adequate funding support. Finally, each national POPIN center was urged to develop a standardized model for subnational networks suitable to the country's socioeconomic conditions.