Statisticians want adequate financial resources for timely 2020 Round of Census

Participants at Regional High Level Statistics Seminar
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Participants at the Regional High Level Seminar on Statistics in Grenada are calling on CARICOM Member States to ensure that adequate resources are provided for the timely conduct of the 2020 Round of Population and Housing Census. This is one of the recommendations contained in a Seminar Resolution that will be placed before delegates at the High Level Advocacy Forum on Statistics which will be held on Friday, 22 February, 2019.

At the day-long seminar that pulled participation from regional governments, Community institutions and international development partners, stakeholders also wanted the timely dissemination of the Census results.

The seminar, held at the Grenada Trade Centre in St. George’s, honed in on the Census and its role in the implementation of the Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics (RSDS). Participants had interactive sessions on the Regional Strategy for the Census in the Caribbean; Census Management and Planning with emphasis on delivering high quality census results, and the challenges and lessons learned for the RSDS implementation. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the Census exercise, and promoting and enabling Information Technology (IT) applications in the RSDS were discussed, as was the effective data dissemination using REDATAM.

Participants stressed the importance of the use of up-to-date ICT techniques in the Census activity that would not only enable greater efficiency in Census-taking and delivery of timely Census results, but would benefit the ICT Infrastructure in the entire Statistical System, thus promoting IT as a key enabler of the RSDS.

The CARICOM Statistics System (CSS) is planning a paperless exercise for this Round of Census and this drew robust discussion at the seminar, especially with respect to the types of equipment and software that would best fit the circumstances of the Caribbean.

Common tools which were recommended for the dissemination of Census data in the 2020 Census Round, include, REDATAM, ‘CensusInfo‘, and GIS-web-enabled Census e-portals.

Participants also emphasised the importance of the Population and Housing Census as an integrated programme of the CSS, and is therefore to be implemented as part of the RSDS.

The discussion underscored the vital importance of the Census in treating with natural disasters, climate change and with the status of special population groups such as the ageing population, persons with disabilities, women, children, youths, particularly unemployed/school dropouts, persons living below the poverty line, persons in situations of crime and violence and in other situations of vulnerabilities.

Stakeholders also emphasised the importance of the Census in providing information for monitoring the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), for enabling the implementation of the SAMOA Pathway; for achieving regional integration through the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and in the monitoring of National Development Plans.

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