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ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Feb 16, CMC – A high level advocacy forum on statistics gets underway here on Thursday next week, as Caribbean countries continue to place more emphasis on the production and use of quality statistics.
The forum will be held under the theme “Investing in Statistics to build resilience and to achieve sustainable economic growth and development in the Caribbean Community”.
Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, who has lead responsibility within the Caribbean Community (CAICOM) quasi cabinet for Science and Technology, will deliver the feature address at the forum, the third of its kind in the region and expected to bring together senior government officials as well as representatives from regional and international development agencies.
“The forum will take advantage of the momentum generated with the endorsement of the framework for the Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics (RSDS),” the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat said, noting that that the endorsement by regional leaders “ completes Phase One of the RSDS development plan, which was built on the results of the Diagnostic Assessment of the National Statistical Offices (NSOs) of Caribbean countries done in 2011/2013, and the assessment of the CARICOM Statistical System done in 2016/2017”.
The RSDS was jointly produced by the Standing Committee of Caribbean Statisticians (SCCS) with funding support of the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21).
The RSDS is aimed at strengthening and improving the availability of quality statistics for evidence-based decision-making across the Region. It is considered to be the Region’s gateway to building resilience and achieving sustainable development that is anchored on sound data.
The organisers said that the forum will explore the political commitment of member states to the RSDS, and the areas of greatest needs for the transformation and modernisation of the National Statistical Systems.
Discussions will also focus on resource mobilisation support from international development partners for the upgrade of statistics through the CARICOM RSDS.
The forum will be preceded by a seminar on the 2020 Round of Population and Housing Census on February 21.
“Presentations will cover Census Management and Planning with the aim of delivering timely, high quality census results. There will also be a focus on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and its role in Census data collection, processing and dissemination, and enabling ICT applications in the roll out of the RSDS,” the Secretariat added.
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