We are proud of your ser­vice

Jamaica Gleaner - - CELEBRATING 70 YEARS OF PROVIDING STATISTICS -

THE STA­TIS­TI­CAL In­sti­tute of Ja­maica (STATIN) pro­vides valu­able ser­vices to the na­tional and global publics through the timely col­lec­tion, anal­y­sis, and pub­li­ca­tion of sta­tis­ti­cal in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to the so­cial, eco­nomic, com­mer­cial, in­dus­trial, and gen­eral ac­tiv­i­ties of the peo­ple of Ja­maica. Sta­tis­tics play a vi­tal role in ev­ery area of hu­man ac­tiv­ity. Sta­tis­tics are critical for proper de­ci­sion mak­ing in busi­ness and gov­ern­ment. The role of sta­tis­tics in plan­ning for the growth and de­vel­op­ment of our na­tion should never be un­der­es­ti­mated.

Ja­maica is proud to have had the ser­vices of an agency ded­i­cated to the col­lec­tion, anal­y­sis, and dis­sem­i­na­tion of sta­tis­tics for 70 years, first as the Bureau of Sta­tis­tics, then the De­part­ment of Sta­tis­tics, and since 1984, as the Sta­tis­ti­cal In­sti­tute of Ja­maica. STATIN con­tin­ues to play a vi­tal role in na­tional eco­nomic and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties as the agency that keeps its fin­gers on the so­cial, eco­nomic, com­mer­cial, and in­dus­trial pulse of the na­tion and its peo­ple.

In ad­di­tion to cap­tur­ing data on the so­cial and eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties of Jamaicans, the very act of pe­ri­od­i­cally mea­sur­ing the size, de­mo­graph­ics, and other salient fea­tures of the pop­u­la­tion is critical for na­tional plan­ning.

It is against this back­ground that I con­grat­u­late the man­age­ment and staff of STATIN on reach­ing the ma­jor mile­stone of 70 years of ex­is­tence and vi­tal ser­vice to the na­tion. The work of pre­vi­ous heads of the agency and for­mer staff has been in­stru­men­tal in STATIN evolv­ing into a mod­ern op­er­a­tion for ef­fi­cient data col­lec­tion, anal­y­sis, and pub­li­ca­tion.

Happy an­niver­sary and best wishes to the many hard-work­ing in­di­vid­u­als who are re­spon­si­ble for the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s suc­cess. POR­TIA SIMP­SON MILLER Leader of the Op­po­si­tion

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