Implementing the OECS Regional Strategy for Development of Statistics

Implementing the OECS Regional Strategy for Development of Statistics

OECS Media Release

The OECS Regional Strategy for Development of Statistics (RSDS) Secretariat met on  Tuesday 13 December.

The objective of the meeting was to inventory the activities and to discuss the way forward for phase one, which covers the period 2017 to 2022. The OECS RSDS is the Region’s statistical development road map for the advancement of statistics over the period 2017 to 2030. Dr. Gale Archibald, Head of the Statistical Services Unit at the OECS Commission, highlighted this phase will have to put sharp focus on data vulnerability given the potential loss of data from hurricanes Irma and Maria.

During the early part of this phase of the RSDS, The OECS Commission will be pursuing the establishment of a national governance arrangement for statistics for each Member States. Anguilla has already established such an arrangement. Such an arrangement will be used to receive inputs from data users and data producers for the statistical requirements for the country.

Activities to support the OECS RSDS are divided into three phases corresponding to time periods. The second and third phases will run from 2023 to 2026 and 2027 to 2030 respectively.

Five staff members from the Statistical Services Unit (SSU) and the Chair of the OECS RSDS Steering Committee Mrs. Teresa Smith, Director, Statistics Department at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) participated in this meeting which was convened virtually.

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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 eleven 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, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

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