| (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen,
Greater Georgetown, Guyana) The Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) Secretariat will host a number of
workshops and meetings focusing on Statistics during
the next three weeks, beginning on 22 June.
In St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, a CARICOM
Workshop on Merchandise Trade Statistics-Training in
Trade Data Dissemination System will be held from
22-24 June. The Workshop for personnel engaged in
the production and dissemination of trade data is
funded by the European Union (EU) under the Ninth
European Development Fund (EDF) and Caribbean
Integration Support Programme (CISP).
Focus will be placed on training in the use of
the Trade Data Dissemination tool, COMEXT, which is
a module of the New Eurotrace System. The COMEXT
module enables users easy access to trade data in a
searchable database format. The seminar will enable
participants to install and to use the module web
COMEXT which is dedicated to the dissemination, via
a web interface of the datasets dedicated to
Following the Workshop, the Eighth Meeting of the
CARICOM Advisory Group on Statistics (AGS) will be
held in Kingston, Jamaica, 27 June – 1 July. On
behalf of the Standing Committee of Caribbean
Statisticians (SCCS), this Meeting will seek to
advance work on the development of statistics across
the Region. Among the items on the Meeting’s agenda
are a Draft Model Statistics Bill which seeks to
provide an enabling legislative framework to deal
with new areas of data as well as changes in the
data collection environment; a Code of Ethics for
Statisticians in CARICOM; and a Diagnostic
Assessment Report which underpins the
development/upgrading of the Regional Statistical
Work Programme (RSWP).
Kingston, Jamaica, will be the venue also of the
Twentieth Meeting of the Regional Census
Coordination Committee (RCCC) on 4 July, and a
Training Seminar on the Management of National
Statistical Offices, 5-7 July.
The RCCC Meeting is aimed principally at
obtaining feedback on the experiences of those
countries which have undertaken their census
enumeration activities during the first six months
of this year. The RCCC will be provided with an
update on the state of readiness of those countries
that are to begin their enumeration in the remaining
months of the year.
The specific focus of the Meeting is to provide
support, where possible, to those countries that
require immediate assistance with their enumeration
activities. An inter-change of country experiences
with those countries that have already conducted
their enumeration in 2010 will also be facilitated.
The Meeting will also discuss the progress on Census
data processing and support, and plans for data
analysis and dissemination of the 2010 Round of
Population and Housing Censuses.
The Training Seminar on the Management of
National Statistical Offices will consider matters
such as Managing People in Today’s
World-Applications for National Statistical Offices;
Identification of Specific Needs of Heads of
Statistical Offices, Lessons Learnt; and Description
of Management Models, Practices and Case Studies.