This is Trinidad and Tobago's home of official statistics, reflecting the twin island's economy, population and society at national and local events.
The advent of the second decade of the twenty-first century has witnessed a surfeit of diverse challenges and conversely diverse opportunities to the Central Statistical Office (CSO) of Trinidad and Tobago. It is my personal and professional belief that every problem that presents itself is actually an occasion to find a solution and bring improvement and clarity to the situation in question.
Throughout the entire CARICOM region, National Statistical Organisations (NSOs) it seems are faced with budget cuts, human resource shortages, inadequate facilities and often low staff morale as a consequence. These problems have befallen the region’s NSOs at a time when timely and reliable statistics are being demanded by a greater and more varied set of stakeholders. As member-states strive towards developed nation status, the role of the NSO in nation building becomes even more critical as decision-makers and planners demand data for evidence-led decision-making.