The Action Plan for the Improvement of Statistics was endorsed by the Thirty-Seventh Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government, which was held in Georgetown, Guyana in July 2016. The Heads of Government endorsed the importance of statistics to the Region’s efforts to attain sustainable development, continuous improvement in the standard of living, empowerment of Community nationals, governance, planning and policy making and progress towards the CSME. The Action Plan which, among other things, seeks to strengthen national statistical systems, enabling the upgrading of the Information and Communications Technology infrastructure and providing overall support to human resource development.
The Action Plan was placed on the Agenda of the Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government by Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith C. Mitchell, Prime Minister and Minister Responsible for Finance and Energy of Grenada. It was originally on the agenda of the Thirty-Seventh Meeting of the Community Council of Ministers in January 2016 but was deferred due to the lengthiness of the agenda at that meeting.
On 15 December 2015, a sub-group of the Standing Committee of Caribbean Statisticians (SCCS) met with the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister in Grenada and presented the Action Plan, which was prepared by the CARICOM Advisory Group on Statistics (AGS) and endorsed by the Fortieth Meeting of the SCCS in Barbados in October 2015. It was favourably received by the Prime Minister, and on his request, was placed on the Agenda of the Community Council.
The backdrop to the above is the Second High Level Advocacy Forum on Statistics: Strategising for the Development of Statistics in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in the Post 2015 Development Agenda which was convened in St. George’s, Grenada on 26 May 2014 under the theme “A data revolution for sustainable development with a new international initiative to improve the quality of statistics and information available to citizens”.
The Action Plan is contained in the documents below along with key documents from the High Level Forum. Given the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the goals, targets and indicators that need to be addressed, these documents would serve to guide the strengthening of statistical capacity in the Region relative to support required from Heads of Government and International Development Partners.