Caribbean Statistics Day

Caribbean Statistics Day is celebrated on October 15th every year by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and by the National Statistics Offices of Member States and Associate Members. Caribbean Statistics Day was first observed in 2009, as agreed to by the Standing Committee of Caribbean Statisticians (SCCS) at its Thirty-Third Meeting in Barbados. The rationale for the observance of Caribbean Statistics Day was to highlight statistics and its crucial role across a wide spectrum of activities, from the daily decision-making faced by individuals, businesses, students, etc. to the planning, policy-making, analysis, and research activities of governments, academia, and other users. The observance seeks to raise awareness of the many achievements and garner a greater profile for statistics throughout the Community.


15 OCTOBER 2023

Sunday, 15 October 2023 marks the fifteenth observance of Caribbean Statistics Day, when we take time to highlight the importance of statistics to inform the development strategies of the countries of our Caribbean Community (CARICOM) as we work at the national and regional levels to improve the lives of the people of the Community.
We also acknowledge the vital role played by statistical offices and other data collection agencies, which ensure that data is consistently gathered and collated to inform policymaking and the assessment of results. The theme for this year’s observance, “One Voice, One CARICOM: Everyone Counts”, resonates deeply with our shared vision for regional integration and sustainable development. Caribbean Statistics Day underscores the critical role that statistics plays to achieve this vision, especially as we celebrate 50 years as a Caribbean Community, the longest surviving integration movement in the developing world.

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Message from Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs and Investment, Ryan Straughn for Caribbean Statistics Day, October 15

Caribbean Statistics Day is celebrated on October 15 every year.  It is an occasion where Statisticians around the region promote the importance of collecting and using evidence-based data to inform policy formulation and decision making, not only in the public and private sectors at the national level, but also by other users, in regional and international organisations.

The cooperation of respondents in surveys is of utmost importance, as surveys are one of the main activities for collecting data about our populations. For timely and reliable survey results, it is important for us to fully respond to and cooperate with our statistical offices.

The theme for this year’s Caribbean Statistics Day is: One Voice, One CARICOM, Everyone Counts.

This theme reminds us that we should listen to the voice of everyone in our community.  Understanding the dynamics of our individual populations helps us to better unite as one Caribbean Community (CARICOM).  Hence, statistics can be considered as the voice of the people.  It tells the story of our people. When used effectively, it can ensure that sustainable development policies and projects are targeted to the needs of people.

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