Statistical Programme for the Region
The Caribbean Community Secretariat
launched an electronic forum early in May 2004 to facilitate discussions
and suggestions on issues of importance in the field of statistics and
also to guide the future development of statistics in the region. The
development of a Draft Statistical Programme for the Region was on the
agenda of the 28th Meeting of the Standing Committee of Caribbean Statisticians
(SCCS) held in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands during 35 November
2003.
It was decided at the SCCS
Meeting that further discussions were required on the paper that was presented
as a result of which the Secretariat commenced the Internetbased forum
to refine the programme. The discussions
identified six (6) themes that reflected core issues requiring statistics
and indicators to guide and assist the formulation of policies and decisionmaking
in the Region. These themes were:
Economy, Finance and Investment;
Population, Demographics and Social and Living Conditions;
Environment;
Information and Communication Technology (ICT);
Public Relations and Data Dissemination;
Statistical Coordination.
Each theme comprised programme areas such as tourism, international trade
in services, investment flows, population and migration statistics.
In January 2005, the refined Statistical Work Programme and Resolution calling for investment in Statistics were presented to and accepted by the Fifteenth Meeting of the Community Council of Ministers in Georgetown, Guyana. The full text of the presentation is presented below. Details of the Regional Statistical Work Programme and Resolution as approved are also found on the links below.
An Advisory Group on Statistics comprising Directors of Statistics, representatives from the Secretariat and other organisations, was established in 2007 in order to effectively implement the Regional Statistical Programme, to realise the gains from the adoption of the Resolution and generally to take advantage of the decisions agreed to by Council, particularly with respect to the priority to be given to investing in the National Statistical Systems.
