The objectives of the meeting were, inter alia:
To report on the approach used to develop the harmonised OECS questionnaire for the 2020 population and housing census (PHC);
To discuss resource requirements for the 2020 population and housing census;
To update the LSMC on the activities of the Enhanced Country Poverty Assessment Project (Enhanced CPA);
To receive updates from Member States on the implementation of the Enhanced CPA and challenges encountered; and
To report on the progress for developing the harmonised OECS labour force survey questionnaire.
The LSMC serves as an advisory body to the OECS national statistical offices and the OECS Commission on matters related to the production and dissemination of data on well-being, living conditions and poverty.
The meeting was attended by representatives from the national statistical offices, ministries with responsibility for social development/planning, the Caribbean Development Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organisation.
The Fifteenth Meeting of the LSMC will convene in April 2020.