Caribbean News Now!

About Us Contact Us


Jump to your country or territory of interest

Advertise with us

Reach our daily visitors from around the Caribbean and throughout the world. Click here for rates and placements.


Submit news and opinion for publication


Click here to receive our daily regional news headlines by email.


Click here to browse our extensive archives going back to 2004

Also, for the convenience of our readers and the online community generally, we have reproduced the complete Caribbean Net News archives from 2004 to 2010 here.

Climate Change Watch

The Caribbean is especially vulnerable to rising sea levels brought about by global warming. Read the latest news and information here...

Follow Caribbean News Now on Twitter
Connect with Caribbean News Now on Linkedin

News from the Caribbean:

Back To Today's News

Antigua-Barbuda hosts OECS data processing training workshop
Published on June 5, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version


ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Data processing experts from the region are engaged in a training workshop from June 2 to 6 in Antigua and Barbuda. While the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission leads this intervention, valuable assistance is provided by the World Bank.

The objective is to help OECS member states become self-reliant, so that they acquire the expertise to process OECS labour force survey data.

The ultimate objectives are to increase the capacity of the OECS to undertake socio-economic diagnostic analysis to improve evidence-based decision making and to enhance the positive impacts that development policies and investments will have on poverty reduction.

The training will build on efforts to reactivate the OECS data processing group, which represents a south-south exchange experience facility that seeks to provide technical assistance to OECS central statistics offices on the subject of data processing for the OECS labour force survey.

Since mid-2011, the OECS Commission and OECS member states’ national statistical offices (NSOs) have been engaging the World Bank (WB) and regional development partners to develop a more country-owned and sustainable regional initiative to improve the availability of micro data in the region, in particular household, employment and labour data.

In addition to Saint Lucia, which conducts a quarterly labour force survey, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, as well as Dominica have implemented an annual OECS labour force survey and are currently in the data processing stage.

This training activity is part of the ongoing work of a multi-agency programme being coordinated by the OECS (Secretariat) Commission. This involves the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean, the World Bank, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), UNWOMEN and Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB).

The initiative, dubbed the Sustainable Household Data Program (SDP) for the OECS, is a regional programme that proposes to rationalize and increase the frequency of household surveys by using a progressive modular approach. It involves augmenting the OECS labour force survey with multi-dimensional poverty indicators, under the guidance of the OECS living standards measurement committee (LSMC) which comprises heads of national statistics offices in the OECS.
Reads: 5123

Click here to receive daily news headlines from Caribbean News Now!



No comments on this topic yet. Be the first one to submit a comment.


As a result of our comments feature being overtaken in recent weeks by spammers using fake email addresses, producing a large number of bounced verification emails each day, we have reluctantly decided to suspend the comments section until further notice.

User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment author and are not representative of Caribbean News Now or its staff. Caribbean News Now accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Caribbean News Now reserves the right to remove, edit or censor any comments. Any content that is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will not be approved.
Before posting, please refer to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Other Headlines:

Regional Sports: