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The International Comparison Program (ICP)

The ICP is the world's largest global statistical initiative for estimating purchasing power parities (PPPs) to compare economic outputs, standards of living, and relative price levels across economies.

The ICP Governance Framework

ADB = Asian Development Bank, AfDB = African Development Bank, CIS-STAT = Interstate Statistical Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Eurostat = Statistical Office of the European Union, IMF = International Monetary Fund, OECD = Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, UN-ECLAC = United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, UN-ESCWA = United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia.
Source: World Bank. 2020. Purchasing Power Parities and the Size of the World Economies: Results from the 2017 International Comparison Program, 74. Washington, DC. World Bank. https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/33623.

The Governance Framework establishes the roles and responsibilities of the Governing Board (GB), the Technical Advisory Group (TAG), the ICP Global Office (GO), and the Regional Implementing Agencies (RIAs). Each of the RIAs directly works with the implementing agencies of the participating economies which are the main drivers of ICP.

Asian Development Bank (ADB), as the RIA, implements the ICP in Asia and the Pacific, receiving advice and guidance from a specially constituted Regional Advisory Board (RAB) which is composed of representatives of economy-level, regional, and global stakeholders. ADB organizes regular regional workshops, capacity-building activities, and technical assistance to the participating economies, ensuring intensive consultation of the participating economies throughout the implementation of the ICP.

The Governance Framework is extensively discussed in the website of the Global Office for the global level, and in Chapter 5 of the 2017 ICP Main Report for Asia and the Pacific.

Contacts and Implementing Agencies of Participating Economies

  • Asia and the Pacific Regional Implementing Agency

  • Kaushal Joshi (Mr), ICP Regional Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific
    E-mail: kjoshi@adb.org
  • Criselda de Dios (Ms), ICP Project Specialist for Asia and the Pacific
    E-mail: cdedios@adb.org
  • Mel Lorenzo Accad (Mr), Consultant
    E-mail: maccad.consultant@adb.org
  • Paolo Kris Adriano (Mr), Consultant
    E-mail: padriano.consultant@adb.org
  • Rhea Ann Bautista (Ms), Consultant
    E-mail: rheabautista.consultant@adb.org
  • Juan Miguel de la Cruz (Mr), Consultant
    E-mail: jdelacruz3.consultant@adb.org
  • Virginia Ganac (Ms), Consultant
    E-mail: vganac1.consultant@adb.org
  • Mario Peralta Ilagan (Mr), Consultant
    E-mail: milagan1.consultant@adb.org
  • Eleanore Ramos (Ms), Consultant
    E-mail: evramos.consultant@adb.org
  • 2017 ICP Regional Advisory Board

  • Members from Participating Economies:
    Commissioner, Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong, China
    Chief Statistician of India and Secretary, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation
    Chief Statistician, Badan Pusat Statistik - Statistics Indonesia
    Head, Lao Statistics Bureau, Lao People’s Democratic Republic
    Director General, International Statistical Information Center, National Bureau of Statistics of China, People’s Republic of China
    Director General, Department of Census and Statistics, Sri Lanka
    Director General, General Statistics Office,
    Viet Nam

  • Institutional Members:
    Chief Economist, Asian Development Bank
    General Manager, Macroeconomic Statistics Division, Australian Bureau of Statistic
    Director, Statistics Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
    Director, United Nations Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific

  • Ex-officio Members:
    Director, Development Data Group, World Bank Advisor, Office of the Chief Economist and Director General and Head, Statistics and Data Innovation Unit, Asian Development Bank

  • Member Secretary:
    Regional Coordinator, International Comparison Program (ICP) Asia and the Pacific, Asian Development Bank