OECS Secretariat, Castries, St. Lucia – The critical importance of accurate statistical information to various sectors such as the media, the economy, health, social and education systems will be a major discussion point this week as the OECS and rest of the region observe the 2ndCaribbean Statistics Day on Friday October 15 2010.
Programme Officer at the OECS Secretariat Sean Mathurin, says representatives from various institutions are all asking for reliable, accurate, timely and regular data and information on the issues that concern them: “Such information can impact on the institution’s image as a credible and reliable source for accurate reports and /or assessments of a community or nation’s social landscape.”
To mark the second observance of Caribbean Statistics Day, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Secretariat is undertaking several activities. These include discussions, interviews and the publication of the second issue of the bi-annual Newsletter “Stats in Focus”. Activities initiated by OECS Member States Statistical Offices to mark the day will be promoted via the daily broadcast OECS News Link radio program (www.oecs.org) and other Media Houses.
Information will also be distributed on ongoing and planned statistical initiatives designed to help address existing deficiencies in the availability, accuracy, timeliness, comparability and accessibility of statistics on key social and economic indicators in the OECS, in support of the OECS Economic Union and the broader OECS development agenda.
Mathurin says the intention is to draw attention to the importance of official statistics in national and regional development: “The role of statistics in the development of our societies continues to be undervalued, as reflected in the lack of commitment needed to ensure allocation of sufficient effort and resources to strengthen the capacity of national statistical offices.”
The OECS Secretariat which has coordinated several workshops on data gathering for Statisticians across Member States, explains that: “The observance of Caribbean Statistics Day bring the region’s attention to the importance of statistics in decision-making. It serves as an advocacy tool to further support the work of statisticians across region”.
Caribbean Statistics Day is aimed at raising awareness of the importance of Statistics in the economic and social development of the Caribbean region. The main goal of this commemoration is to promote awareness among political decision-makers, the private sector, civil society and the general public of the fundamental role of statistics in the formulation, implementation, monitoring and assessment of economic and social development policies.