Enhancing capacity building to support the Country Poverty Assessment in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Enhancing capacity building to support the Country Poverty Assessment in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

OECS media release

On 28 November 2017, the Project Coordination Unit conducted a one-day workshop for the National Assessment Team (NAT) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The NAT is a multi-sectoral, Cabinet-approved committee and has responsibility for advising and coordinating the implementation of the Enhanced Country Poverty Assessment (CPA). Twenty-five persons attended the workshop. The overall objective of the workshop was to sensitize the NAT to the enhanced  methodology for conducting the CPA and to apprise it of its roles and responsibilities.

The specific objectives were to:

  1. Raise the awareness of the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) model for the Enhanced CPA;
  2. Introduce the NAT to the key tools and resources available for implementing the surveys; and
  3. Contribute to the NAT’s overall preparedness to undertake the CPA in 2018.

Mrs. Laura Anthony-Browne, Director of Planning and chairperson of the NAT, and in her opening remarks stated, “The CPA is critical for generating significant data for policy making". She further stated that "Accurate data is essential for ensuring proper decision and policy making".

It is critical to ensure that all stakeholders are appropriately sensitised to ensure the successful implementation of the Enhanced CPAs in Member States. It is therefore necessary to conduct an orientation exercise to introduce stakeholders to the components of the various surveys, the new approaches and methodologies.

The workshop was request by the NAT and   facilitated by  Ms. Sinovia Moonie, Research and Survey Statistician and Mrs. Amonia Paul Rolle, Social and Gender Analyst, of the Statistical Services Unit in the OECS Commission. The workshop was funded by the Caribbean Development Bank.

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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has ten members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Martinique.

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