Preparation for 2020 census continues in CARICOM with GIS workshop

CARICOM Secretariat representatives (left) at the mini-launch
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As the Caribbean ramps up preparation for the conduct of the 2020 Round of Population and Housing Census, the CARICOM Secretariat hosted a workshop on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the exercise.

The workshop was held in Barbados 3-6 December, 2018, for National Statistics Officers who are responsible for planning GIS activities to support the census. It was funded primarily by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) under a Regional Non-Reimbursable Technical Cooperation Project, Common Census Framework 2.0 – Support to CARICOM Regionally Coordinated Census Strategy.

The main purpose of the workshop was to provide countries with a broad overview of the application of GIS in a census activity, and to provide hands-on experience in areas such as geo-database management and dissemination and map editing.

The Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), with support from Spatial Innovation, facilitated the Workshop and also provided prerequisite courses to countries during November 2018 prior to the Workshop.

Meanwhile, a mini-launch of a Project to Support Statistical Capacity in CARICOM Countries concluded on Thursday, also in Barbados.

The Project is being funded by the IDB and is also being supported by the Government of Italy through funding provided to the Italian Statistical Institute (ISTAT).The objective of the Project is to strengthen the capacities of the countries of the Caribbean to produce statistical information in the Gender, Environment and Agriculture and Rural Development sectors, based on data from administrative registers.

The three-day mini-launch saw representation from the ISTAT; the CARICOM Secretariat, Regional Statistics Programme (RSP); the Gender Programme and Agricultural Programme along with representatives from Borrowing Member Countries of the IDB.

The launch was geared at planning and discussing the conduct of the project activities in countries in each of the three sectors.

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