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INAUGURAL CELEBRATION OF CARIBBEAN STATISTICS DAY

THEME: Better Statistics, Better Management, Better Development Outcomes

 

Caribbean Statistics Day (CSD) was first observed in the Caribbean Community in October 2009 under the theme - “Better Statistics, Better Management, Better Development Outcomes” which was also the theme of a High-Level Advocacy Forum on Statistics that had been convened in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago in July that year.

The rationale for the observance of Caribbean Statistics Day was to highlight statistics and its crucial role across a wide spectrum of activities – from daily decision-making faced by individuals, businesses, students, etc. to planning, policy-making and analysis and research activities of governments, academia and other users.  Expectations were that the commemoration of CSD would garner a greater profile for statistics across the Community.

The observance of CSD by National Statistics Offices and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat was agreed to by the Standing Committee of Caribbean Statisticians (SCCS) at its Thirty-Third Meeting in Barbados in October 2008 where it was agreed that Caribbean Statistics Day would be commorated annually on 15 October.

Member States and Associate Members were encouraged to actively engage with stakeholders including, suppliers and users of data and specifically, schools, children and youth in general in promoting the importance of statistics to the development of the respective countries.

 

 
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OFFICIAL MESSAGE FROM THE PROJECT DIRECTOR, REGIONAL STATISTICS PROGRAMME»»
 
REGIONAL STATISTICS PROGRAMME'S CELEBRATION OF CARIBBEAN STATISTICS DAY

The CARICOM Secretariat issued a Press Release by the Secretary-General to mark the occasion of CSD and a count-down to the 15 October was placed on its Regional Statistics Programme's (RSP) website. The RSP conducted internal seminars in a number of areas including Health, Demography, Census and the Trade Information System; mounted an exhibit of publications/cds that it had produced; and launched its Online Help Desk facility, CaricomInfo data dissemination tool and its redesigned website.  The media, Deputy Secretary-General and other staff were present at the launch. The RSP also hosted visits by students from primary schools to its office and conducted presentations on its work and careers in the field of statistics; encouraged interaction from the students through inter-school quizzes where prizes were awarded and a jingle competition where students were asked to compose a jingle based on the theme for CSD. In addition, the RSP printed mugs, pens, brochures and bookmarkers which were distributed to staff.

The following seminars were conducted (all files are in PDF format):

The following online tools were also launched during CSD:

Special Editions of the Statistics News and Views newsletters:

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF CARIBBEAN STATISTICS DAY ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN BY MEMBER STATES AND ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

(This list is not exhaustive)

MEMBER STATES
Antigua and Barbuda flag ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

CSD activites started on 7 October with an appearance by the Statistics Division on a morning TV show. Other activities included advocacy in schools; the placement of banners in strategic locations in the capital, St. John's, and the distribution of mugs, pens, t-shirts. The importance of statistics was discussed on a radio programme in addition to a panel discussion with representtives from a cross-section of departments and agencies on how to better enhance statistics.

     
bhflag THE BAHAMAS

About one week leading up to CSD, officers from the Statistics Department appeared on radio and TV programmes. Short articles and advertisements were placed in newspapers.  An exhibition and a poster competition were held.  Four major topics were discussed/ presented at a Forum: Institutional Strengthening, Preliminary Results of Economic Census, Labour Force Survey, GIS and Potency in the Collection and Dissemination of Data. 

     
BARBADOS

Statistics Week has been celebrated since 2001.  The week started with church services.  The Barbados Statistical Service (BSS) hosted a health awareness day where statistical information on health, non-chronic diseases, health food testing was provided.  Convened an advocacy forum on statistics and invited various government agencies, private sector and regional and international organisations. On 15 October, an internal seminar was conducted in the BSS and the press was invited to the office.  Topics discussed: Statistics Profession to Policy Making, Household Budget Survey, Census, Collaboration with the Region.

     
bzflag BELIZE

Nine agencies that produced statistics including the Statistical Institure of Belize participated in an exhibition which was attended by students in the capital, Belmopan.

     
DMflag DOMINICA Calendar of Activities
     
Grenada flag GRENADA The celebration of CSD was low key. However, the Central Statistics Office hosted an open day and circulated a document on the importance of statistics to ministries. 
     
GYflag GUYANA

Programme of Activities

CSD Press Release

CSD Poster

     
jmflag JAMAICA

in observance of CSD the Statistical Institure of Jamaica (STATIN) presented the findings of the 2004-2005 Household Budget Survey, prepared a newspaper supplement for the Business Observer which included messages from the Governor of the Bank of Jamaica and the head of Planning Institute of Jamaica. hosted visits by students to its office and produced three handbooks for students on economics, geography and sociology.

     
Montserrat flag MONTSERRAT No report.
     
knflag ST KITTS AND NEVIS

For Caribbean Statistics Day, the Statistics Department designed a logo for the Office. In addition, two publications were produce - A Pocket Book of Statistics 2008 and a brochure giving a synopsis of areas of work in which the Office was involved.

The Nevis Department of Statistics also created a logo. In addition, that Department published a press release, printed t-shirts emblazoned with "Caribbean Statistics Day", appeared on interviews on local television stations, prepared a brochure that paid tribute to teachers and distributed it to businesses and pitched a banner on its office building.

     
St Lucia flag SAINT LUCIA

Did not celebrate CSD.

     
St. vinvent flag ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

The Statistical Office partnered with statistical departments within other ministries to observe CSD. Activities included publishing of acticles in the printed press, radio interviews, a television feature, visits to schools and demonstrations of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines' DevInfo adaptation, an application which is used to disseminate statistical indicators.

     
SRflag SURINAME

CSD was promoted on radio and television talk shows. Give-aways such as mugs, pens and calendars were printed and banners were placed at strategic locations in the capital, Paramaribo.  At the formal session, the Director of the General Bureau of Statistics (GBS/ABS), the Minister responsible for the GBS and an important user of statistics delivered speeches. Permanent Secretaries were also present at this session. The GBS also hosted an open house and a mini-fair and expo with posters/flyers available, memory games comprising the flags of CARICOM States, a DevInfo presentation and a 20-minute promotion film.

     
Trinidad flag TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO Did not celebrate CSD.
     
ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
 
AIflag ANGUILLA

CSD observance began in September 2009 with a mission from the CARICOM Secretariat. Activities during the observance of CSD included a poetry competition, a word creation competition to make up as many words as possible from the sentence "Anguilla needs good statistics" and a statistics tips competition on radio.  Statistics tips (facts and figures on Anguilla) were given on the radio daily starting 1 October and counted-down to the competition on 13 and 14 October.  On 15 October, the business community was invited to a discussion Forum where the Minister of Finance gave the feature address and the Deputy Governor did the opening remarks.  Ministers of government were also in attendance at the forum as were heads of departments. A publication on Anguilla, Facts and Figures, was also produced by the Statistics Department.

     
Bermuda flag BERMUDA

The Premier of Bermuda delivered remarks at the opening of a seminar, which targeted three groups to promote an awareness of statistics; these groups were the business and household survey stakeholders, the line ministries and heads of departments and senior high school and pre-college students. The sessions focused on the Department of Statistics and the work it did and made use of presentations, poster boards and USB sticks with most recent publications produced by the Department. The media was also engaged during the activities.


     
BVI flag BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

The Premier of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) made a statement on CSD on the radio.The Statistics Department of the Development Planning Unit produced brochures for secondary schools and colleges as well as a statistics post-card. The Department also hosted an open house and invited members of public to see what the office did in terms of statistics. In addition, a panel discussion on the importance of statistics in the development of the BVI was aired live on radio; the Governor of the BVI provided remarks at the opening of these discussions. A series of publicity campaigns to increase awareness of statistics, appearances on TV news, radio advertisements and and the distribution of flyers comprised some of the other activities conducted by the Department.

     
KYflag CAYMAN ISLANDS

No report.

     
TCI flag TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS No report.
 
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