The Central Statistical Office (CSO), along with National Statistical Organisations all around the world, will observe World Statistics Day on Tuesday October 20th, 2020.  The General Assembly of the United Nations designated this day as ‘World Statistics Day’ to acknowledge the importance of reliable, timely and impartial statistics in supporting evidence informed policy.

World Statistics Day also celebrates the achievements of statisticians around the world and the important, but often unseen, role they play in the development and protection of society, our environment and the economy and in objectively highlighting important issues such as human rights.  To reaffirm this message, the day has been themed “Connecting the World with Data we can Trust”.

At the CSO, we acknowledge the importance of timely, accurate and relevant statistics to assist the businesses, policy planners and decision makers in these challenging times.  Every effort is being made to collect, compile and disseminate socio-economic data to our stakeholders.

Regionally, the Caribbean Statistical Offices will celebrate Caribbean Statistics Day on October 15th 2020.  In 2019, the CSO hosted a National Statistics Seminar in collaboration with the Tobago House of Assembly, an Open Day for the public and a Statistical Teaching Session for Form 6 students of Bishop’s Anstey High School.  It was agreed that the statistical seminar would be an annual event, with the second installation being held in Trinidad and the Statistical Teaching Session would be expanded to include additional schools. However, given the restrictions resulting from COVID-19, the national observance this year is limited to an online quiz designed by the CARICOM Secretariat which targets students.

Over the past year, the CSO has upgraded its website (cso.gov.tt) under the Single Electronic Window programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade and Industry to enable users to more easily access socio-economic data on Trinidad and Tobago.  A feature of the website, data portals, allows users to access both Census data from the 2000 and 2011 Population and Housing Censuses and Trade data via the International Trade Portal.  These data portals allow users to download, interrogate and analyse large datasets in their work as students, researchers/analysts and business owners.  These efforts are all in keeping with the World Statistics Day theme of “Connecting the World with Data we can Trust”.

The CSO values the cooperation it has received from data suppliers in the conduct of our establishment, agriculture and household surveys as well as the ongoing support we have received from our administrative data partners.  We take this opportunity to say thank you to all individuals and entities who have responded to our survey and look forward to partnering with you in the future.

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