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Data innovation for policy makers

2017-02-27 11:10:36

Sharpening talent for data analytics at Ministry of Trade

“How can we better use trade data to make clever decisions?” asked Tony Liu, AIPEG’s Data Analytics Adviser at the opening session of an event to show the results of a data mentoring program.

The event titled ‘Ministry of Trade’s got talent’ was an opportunity for officials to showcase their innovative ideas for analysis of trade data.

The session was part of a series of coaching exercises supported by AIPEG with officials from the Trade Ministry’s Centre for Data and Information. The six-month, on-the-job mentoring activity wrapped up in February 2017.

One trade officer developed a prototype for a data platform about exports, including key commodities of rice, sugar, cooking oil, beef and chicken. Currently, it takes up to eight people several hours to produce monthly export reports, but the officer is hoping the platform can present data with the click of a button.

Another trade officer designed an automatic domestic commodity price forecasting tool. Previously multiple researchers ran forecasts using complicated excel spreadsheets – now they can select a commodity and automatically generate a forecast.

Better data capacity will help the Ministry of Trade’s data centre to apply for ISO certification in management systems and information security.

AIPEG was pleased to work with trade officials and is also supporting data analytics in the Directorate-General of Taxation.

“Data science has enormous potential to help tackle difficult public policy challenges like increasing revenue” said Tony Liu.

This month, AIPEG is also participating in the Data Revolution for Policy Makers conference - expanding the evidence-base through government demand for data analytics in Indonesia.