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Jamaica Gleaner - - CELEBRATING 70 YEARS OF PROVIDING STATISTICS -

THE YEAR 2016 marks the 70th an­niver­sary of the pro­vi­sion of of­fi­cial sta­tis­tics to the Gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Ja­maica on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. The need for sta­tis­ti­cal in­for­ma­tion to as­sist pol­i­cy­mak­ers fol­low­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Adult Suf­frage, led to the pass­ing of the Sta­tis­tics Act of 1946. This Act gave birth to the Cen­tral Bureau of Sta­tis­tics, which had the re­spon­si­bil­ity to work on the 1943 cen­sus data as well as pro­vid­ing data on in­ter­na­tional mer­chan­dise trade. The 1943 Pop­u­la­tion and Hous­ing Cen­sus had been un­der­taken to de­ter­mine the size of the pop­u­la­tion in prepa­ra­tion for Adult Suf­frage and the elec­tion of 1944.

With the ex­pan­sion of the work of the bureau, the Sta­tis­tics Act was amended in 1955 to con­vert the agency into a full-fledged de­part­ment of Gov­ern­ment. This amend­ment also led to the agency be­ing re­named the De­part­ment of Sta­tis­tics. The Act was again amended in 1984 to con­vert the or­gan­i­sa­tion to a statu­tory body now called the Sta­tis­ti­cal In­sti­tute of Ja­maica (STATIN). This change broad­ened the scope of the in­sti­tute and pro­vided some level of au­ton­omy.

STATIN, as the pri­mary provider of sta­tis­ti­cal data in Ja­maica, has al­ways played a piv­otal role in the col­lec­tion, com­pi­la­tion and dis­sem­i­na­tion of sta­tis­ti­cal in­for­ma­tion on the so­cial, en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic con­di­tions of the Jamaican peo­ple. This in­for­ma­tion is critical to the de­vel­op­ment of pol­icy aimed at im­prov­ing the lives of Jamaicans. The sta­tis­tics pro­duced over the years has ex­panded in re­sponse to stake­holder needs and the fol­low­ing are some of the sta­tis­tics pro­vided by STATIN:

The Pop­u­la­tion and Hous­ing Cen­sus – Pro­vides in­for­ma­tion at the low­est ge­o­graphic level on the size of the pop­u­la­tion and the distri­bu­tion by age, sex, re­li­gion, ed­u­ca­tion, oc­cu­pa­tion etc. This once-adecade snap­shot is critical to the plan­ning needs of our coun­try.

Con­sumer Price In­dex – Mea­sures move­ment in con­sumer

IIprices, and is the pri­mary in­di­ca­tor of in­fla­tion.

Pro­ducer Price In­dex – Tracks the move­ment in pro­ducer prices in the man­u­fac­tur­ing and min­ing in­dus­tries.

Gross Do­mes­tic Prod­uct – Mea­sures the eco­nomic per­for­mance of the coun­try.

Em­ploy­ment & Earn­ings – Pro­vides in­for­ma­tion on em­ploy­ment and, earn­ings by in­dus­try for firms with 10 or more per­ma­nent em­ploy­ees.

In­ter­na­tional Mer­chan­dise Trade Sta­tis­tics – Pro­vides de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on im­ports and ex­ports of goods.

Labour Force – Tracks un­em­ploy­ment and em­ploy­ment in the coun­try.

De­mo­graphic Sta­tis­tics – Pro­vides es­ti­mates of the pop­u­la­tion size, distri­bu­tion and com­po­si­tion along with the an­nual sta­tis­tics on births, deaths, marriages.

IIIIIIEn­vi­ron­ment Sta­tis­tics – Presents in­for­ma­tion on the state of Ja­maica’s en­vi­ron­ment.

In­for­ma­tion, Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Tech­nol­ogy (ICT) – Mea­sures the ac­cess and use of ICT by house­holds and in­di­vid­u­als along with the in­for­ma­tion on the ICT in­fra­struc­ture of Ja­maica and the trade in ICT goods.

IIPROFESSIONAL IN­DE­PEN­DENCE

In or­der to pro­vide this wide range of sta­tis­tics, STATIN un­der­takes a num­ber of sur­veys on both house­holds and busi­nesses as well as ac­cesses ad­min­is­tra­tive data from a num­ber of min­istries, de­part­ments and agen­cies. The in­for­ma­tion re­ceived by STATIN is kept con­fi­den­tial as stip­u­lated un­der the Sta­tis­tics Act and is used for sta­tis­ti­cal pur­poses only.

The in­sti­tute has main­tained its pro­fes­sional in­de­pen­dence over the years and is com­mit­ted to ob­serv­ing and ad­her­ing to eth­i­cal prin­ci­ples, in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and best prac­tices in pro­duc­ing of­fi­cial sta­tis­tics. In this re­gard, STATIN has sole re­spon­si­bil­ity for choos­ing the sta­tis­ti­cal stan­dards, meth­ods and pro­ce­dures it uses, and the con­tent and tim­ing of its sta­tis­ti­cal re­leases.

STATIN is proud of its role in con­tribut­ing to na­tion build­ing over the past 70 years. This suc­cess, how­ever, could not have been pos­si­ble without the ded­i­ca­tion of the staff who some­times have to un­der­take their du­ties un­der try­ing cir­cum­stances.

We thank the Gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Ja­maica for their sup­port over the last seven decades. We en­cour­age you, whether in your ca­pac­ity as a house­holder or the owner of a busi­ness, to con­tinue to sup­port our sur­veys. This is critical to STATIN ful­fill­ing its man­date to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion nec­es­sary for the growth and de­vel­op­ment of our coun­try. We also en­cour­age all Jamaicans, whether in the pub­lic or pri­vate sec­tor, to make full use of the sta­tis­tics pro­duced, as ev­i­denced-based de­ci­sion-mak­ing is critical if Ja­maica hopes to com­pete suc­cess­fully on the global stage. CAROL COY Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Sta­tis­ti­cal In­sti­tute of Ja­maica

The in­sti­tute has main­tained its pro­fes­sional in­de­pen­dence over the years and is com­mit­ted to ob­serv­ing and ad­her­ing to eth­i­cal prin­ci­ples, in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and best prac­tices in pro­duc­ing of­fi­cial sta­tis­tics.

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