Regional statisticians seeking to further develop sector – LIVE

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The region’s statisticians are today holding their ninth  Regional Statistical Research Seminar geared towards developing key recommendations  on the way forward for matters related to statistics.

Today’s event concludes a week-long series of engagements for the Statisticians, gathered in Willemstad, Curacao. Between Monday and Wednesday they convened the forty-first meeting of the Standing Committee of Caribbean Statisticians (SCCS) under the theme “Improving the Lives of People – Advancing the Action Plan for Statistics in CARICOM”.  On Thursday they held the twenty-sixth meeting of the Regional Census Coordinating Committee which focused on country-readiness for the conduct of the Population and Housing Census in the 2020 round and the Regional Strategy of Support aimed at enabling harmonized census data across all CARICOM countries..

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People empowerment – focus of attention for regional statisticians

 

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Regional statisticians will today wrap up a three-day meeting which focused on “Improving the Lives of People – Advancing the Action Plan for Statistics in CARICOM”.

This forty-first meeting of the Standing Committee of Caribbean Statisticians (SCCS) is part of a week-long series of engagements for the Statisticians, gathered in Willemstad, Curacao.  On Thursday they hold the twenty-sixth meeting of the Regional Census Coordinating Committee, and on Friday the ninth Regional Statistical Research Seminar.

The Standing Committee meeting hopes to advance a number of key issues in an Action Plan for Statistics which was endorsed by CARICOM Heads of Government at their recent 37th Meeting in Guyana.  That Action Plan addressed the need to strengthen statistical capacity to make statistics available to help achieve sustainable development and improve the lives and empower the people of CARICOM. (more…)

CARICOM Heads of Government endorse Action Plan for Statistics

The Action Plan was piloted by the Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Hon Keith Mitchell, who has lead responsibility for Science and Technology in the CARICOM Quasi Cabinet
The Action Plan was piloted by the Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Hon Keith Mitchell, who has lead responsibility for Science and Technology in the CARICOM Quasi Cabinet

The necessity to underpin any action towards growth, development and empowerment of the peoples of CARICOM with statistically sound evidence has been the consistent rallying cry of statisticians. Regionally, there is an increasing demand for better data to inform decision-making. But that demand has exposed deficiencies in the statistical offices and has prompted undertakings to better equip statistical offices with the tools, human and otherwise, to do the job.

As the Community looks to strengthen its national statistical systems, CARICOM Heads of Government earlier this month endorsed an Action Plan for Statistics that was developed by the Standing Committee of Caribbean Statisticians. Time-frames of between two and seven years have been allocated for various elements of the Plan.

The Plan supports a regional approach to the development of statistics, and, among other things, will enable the upgrading of the Information and Communications Technology infrastructure and provide overall support to human resource development.

The endorsement of the Plan was made during the 37th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government which was convened in Georgetown, Guyana, 4-6 July.

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CARICOM Secretariat hosts statistics workshop in Kingstown

In its continuing quest to train personnel and boost the profile of statistics in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the CARICOM Secretariat will host a Training Workshop on Merchandise Trade Statistics in Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Statisticians from across the Region will gather in Kingstown from 26 January-5 February, 2015, for the workshop that is funded by the under the Tenth European Development Fund (EDF), CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Economic Integration Programme.

The sessions target persons in charge of data processing, data dissemination, and data analysis of Merchandise Trade Statistics. (more…)

Continue to be passionate, vigilant – statisticians advised

Dr. Philomen Harrison, Project Director, Regional Statistics at the CARICOM Secretariat, has urged statisticians across the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to continue to be passionate and vigilant about their work.

I would like to urge fellow Directors of Statistics/Chief Statisticians to continue to be passionate about their work while being vigilant. There is a lot more to be accomplished by statisticians in serving country and Community.

In remarks Monday at the opening of Regional statistics meetings being held in Georgetown, Guyana, Dr. Harrison also highlighted the challenges facing statisticians. These include resources, the principles of independence and confidentiality and the development of the profession.

Read more here: Remarks Dr. Philomen Harrison