Grenada Joins the Region in Celebrating Caribbean Statistics Day
Grenada, through its Central Statistical Office, joined the CARICOM Secretariat and other National Statistical Offices in the region in observing Caribbean Statistics Day on October 15, 2020, under the theme “Connecting the world with data we can trust.” This theme reflects the importance of trust, authoritative data, innovation, and the public good in national statistical systems.
Grenada’s Prime Minister, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell is the CARICOM Champion for Official Statistics. His advocacy for statistics at the regional level has led to Statistics Development being on the agenda of the CARICOM Heads of Government Conference which resulted in the unanimous endorsement of the CARICOM Action Plan for Statistics and the CARICOM Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics.
It is hoped that these frameworks will encourage greater investment in statistics not only by Governments but also by international development partners and the private sector.
In a message shared in commemoration of the day, the Prime Minister said scientific data is increasingly recognised as a critical element in development and the current COVID-19 pandemic has made it even more relevant to sustainable development.
Given the magnitude of the pandemic’s impact, we are beginning to appreciate in a greater way, the usefulness of timely and relevant statistics.
The Government of Grenada has already begun to focus on evidence based planning using data as part of the decision-making process. The role of the Central Statistical Office and the National Statistical System must be highlighted as essential in informing Grenada’s Sustainable Development Agenda.
Dr. Mitchell said the observation of Caribbean Statistics Day on October 15, 2020 and World Statistics Day on October 20, presents an opportune time to recognise the work and the unwavering commitment of statisticians who provide us with critical data that fosters better decision-making.
This, he said, is even more crucial in the midst of a pandemic and he urged that greater focus be given to ensuring that statistics offices produce data that is accurate, timely and reliable.
The provision of quality statistics has the power in charting the way forward for Government policies and programmes that would save lives and restore livelihoods.