Caricom Heads Endorse Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics


GEORGETOWN, GUYANA – The Heads of Government of the Caribbean
Community (CARICOM) have endorsed the framework for the Regional
Strategy for the Development of Statistics (RSDS).

The RSDS is being developed to strengthen and improve the availability of
quality statistics for evidence-based decision-making across the Region. It
is considered to be the Region’s gateway to building resilience and
achieving sustainable development that is anchored on sound data.

The Heads of Government made their decision during the 39th Regular
Meeting of the Conference of the Heads of Government of CARICOM.
Their endorsement completes Phase One of the RSDS development plan,
which was built on the results of the Diagnostic Assessment of the
National Statistical Offices (NSOs) of Caribbean countries, which was
done in 2011/2013.

The approval has given CARICOM the green light to develop a
comprehensive Implementation Plan for the RSDS and to pursue a
Resource Mobilisation Strategy for the CARICOM RSDS implementation,
a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework and a Communication and
Advocacy Strategy.

Both the Member States and the CARICOM Secretariat were encouraged
to allocate the necessary human resources needed at both national and
regional levels to implement the strategy successfully.

The RSDS was jointly produced by the Standing Committee of Caribbean
Statisticians (SCCS) and with funding support of the Partnership in
Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21). The Heads of
Government placed on record their appreciation to PARIS21 for its
support to the Region.