(CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana) As 2004 races to a close,
Regional Officials are redoubling their efforts to ensure that Member States of
the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are adequately equipped with the necessary
information tools for the 2005 implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and
Economy (CSME). To this end, the 29th Meeting of the Standing Committee of
Caribbean Statisticians (SCCS) was convened on Monday 22 November in Hamilton,
Bermuda and will end on the 24 November 2004
Statistical data with relation to economic, social and environmental
developments in the Region, and the employment of Information and Communication
Technologies (ICTs) in National statistical offices are slated as major agenda
items for discussion among regional statistical officials.
In this context, the three-day forum will focus on the Region's economics and
statistics framework, with specific relation to the compilation of databases of
CARICOM countries to reflect information pertaining to regional and
international trade in Services. Caribbean Statisticians are also slated to give
full attention to gaps and deficiencies that exist in CARICOM's programme of
capacity building in social and gender statistical development.
With regard to analysing social issues in the Region, the meeting is expected
to discuss regional and international initiatives in social statistics,
including Guyana's collaboration with the United Nations Children's Fund
(UNICEF) on the Child Protection and monitoring database, and progress with
respect to surveys of Living Conditions and Poverty Assessments in the Region.
The CARICOM Statisticians will also receive updates from Member States and
examine the development of Statistics on ICTs as mandated by the Meeting of
Ministers of ICTs. The establishment of a statistical database to monitor free
movement of nationals, a key element of the operation of the CSME, will be
brought to the table by the regional database officials, who will also look to
ensure that statistical offices across the Region are modernised. A key issue
also relates to a Draft Statistical Programme, for the Region, which accompanies
a resolution prepared by the SCCS requesting increased investments in statistics
by Governments of the Region.
Meanwhile, the Twelfth Meeting of the Regional Census Coordinating Committee
is scheduled for Thursday, 25 November 2004 in Bermuda.