The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is pleased to feature the **Regional Statistics Advocacy Booklet - A Catalyst for the development of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) **which was produced jointly by the Regional Statistics Programme of the CARICOM Secretariat and the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21).

This booklet highlights the vital role of statistics in the development of the Caribbean Community, the main requirements of the crucial role of the Regional Statistics Systems towards the development of statistics and the challenges impacting the availability of statistics in the Region. Also featured is the rationale for undertaking the development of a Common Regional Statistical Work Programme (RSWP) and areas of support to statistical development in CARICOM.

We trust that you find this publication useful. It is to be followed by a leaflet which is currently being produced.

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