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Thursday, October 12, 2006 

Statistics in Development Planning in the OECS
The OECS has released a discussion paper on the role of statistics in development planning. This endeavor characterizes the need to bridge certain gaps for the region in terms of data production, collection and application.
As a matter of fact, the notion and setting of principles for official statistics is a fundamental approach to redefine the way policy mechanisms are informed where the development of a good system of official statistics should be carried out and based upon rigorous criterion, and standardization.

And the best way to kick-off such a process is through the implementation of a consultative platform to get the message across, and gain substantial assessments and reviews about the position that frame the fundamentals and pre-requisites needed to bind any methodology for national statistical benchmark.

A procedural and mindset change, vis-à-vis the warranted importance of statistics in guiding and informing policies and decisions, are necessary to bring about any deviation from the prevailing irregular significance presently characterizing the operations and functions of central statistical offices. For statistics to play its important role as a public good, statistical systems must make a significant contribution to national development by implementing a strategy that will serve to bring together the most important indicators and data sets within a coherent framework.

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