Caribbean Statistics Day 2019

Caribbean Statistics Day 2019

The Tobago House of Assembly, through the Office of the Chief Secretary and its Planning Department in partnership with the Ministry of Planning and Development through its Central Statistical Office (CSO), will be hosting Caribbean Statistics Day (CSD) at the Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute, Conference Room, Blenheim, Mt. St. George on Tuesday 15th October, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday 16th October, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The observance of Caribbean Statistics Day (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 will be commemorated annually on the 15th of October.

Caribbean Statistics Day (CSD) was first observed in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) 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.

This event is geared to highlight statistics and its crucial role across a wide spectrum of activities and sectors in government. This include daily decision making faced by individuals, businesses, students etc., to planning, policy making and research activities of government, academia and other users.

Expectations are that the observance of CSD would garner a greater profile for statistics across the Assembly. The objectives include:

  • To place statistics high on the development agenda;
  • To encourage and develop a culture of statistics among the Tobago population.
  • To sensitise and inform users suppliers and producers of the importance of statistics in making informed policy decisions.

The Assembly, in keeping with its mandate as set out in the Fifth Schedule is responsible for formulation and implementation of policy on a variety of sectors all which impact the development of Tobago and Tobagonians. Among the areas for which the Assembly has responsibility is Statistics and Information. The need for Tobago specific data to inform the policies of the Assembly therefore cannot be overstated and as a result, not only a culture must be developed but the infrastructure to capture, process and disseminate timely statistics on Tobago is a critical input to the development of the island.

A number of initiatives are also planned in keeping with the THA’s mandate. They include:

  • Completion of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the THA and Ministry of Planning and Development; this will …
    • Facilitate capacity building and institutional strengthening;
    • Share research, data and technical resources;
    • Expand the coverage of research on different sectors in Tobago.
  • Conduct of the Tobago Economic Census; this will …
    • Produce an updated Tobago Business Register;
    • Provide estimates of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by Sector for the Island;
    • Provide the economic contribution of GDP in Tobago, also known as the Tourism Satellite Accounts (TSA);
    • Capture investment in new buildings and equipment (Capital Formation).
  • Establishment of an Inter-Divisional Research Council (IDRC); this will …
    • Coordinate all research work conducted by various Division of the THA;
    • Develop and oversee the social and economic research agenda for Tobago.
  • Planning and executing a survey of the Informal Sector; this will …
    • Assess the nature, profile and contribution of the informal sector to development.
  • Planning and executing a THA Human Resource Needs Assessment
    • Develop a profile of the THA’s Labour Force;
    • Provide a listing and profile of vacancies;
    • Identification of skill gaps in filled and vacant positions.

SUMMARY of Caribbean Statistics Day 2019

Dates: Tuesday 15th to Wednesday 16th October, 2019

Venue: Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute (THTI), Mt. St. George, Tobago

Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

What you can expect:

  • Regional and National presentations on the importance of statistics.
  • Presentations from all THA Divisions that highlights the use of statistics within each Division.
  • The launching of the Inter-Divisional Research Council (IDRC).
  • Update on the Tobago Economic Census 2019 and its outputs.
  • Panel Discussion on Statistics and National Development.
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