Monday, 15 October 2018, will mark the Tenth observance of Caribbean Statistics Day in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
Just as in 2016 and 2017, this year’s observance of Caribbean Statistics Day takes place against the background of another significant achievement for Statistics in the Community. CARICOM Heads of Government at their Thirty-Ninth Regular Meeting (Jamaica, July 2018) endorsed the Strategic Framework for the Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics (RSDS) in CARICOM. The endorsement of the RSDS initiative is in addition to their support for the Action Plan for Statistics at their Thirty-Seventh Regular Meeting in 2016 and for the preparation of the CARICOM RSDS at their Thirty-Eighth Regular Meeting in 2017.
The CARICOM RSDS is essentially a regional strategic plan aimed at strengthening and improving the availability of statistics for evidence-based decision-making. With an overarching theme, “Building the Resilience of the Caribbean Community”, the CARICOM RSDS contains strategies to modernise and transform the CARICOM Statistical System (CSS) in alignment with regional and national priorities. The Tenth Observance of Caribbean Statistics Day features that identical theme.
The CARICOM RSDS is central to the advancement of the regional integration process through making available harmonised, intra-regional statistics to guide and monitor its progress. .
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.