The Bureau of Statistics is the central authority on statistics in Guyana. It supplies information on population, Crude Birth Rate, Labour Force, Net Enrolment Rate, Gross Domestic Product, Inflation Rate, etc.
Yesterday, on the celebration of Caribbean Statistics Day, representatives from the Bureau of Statistics, including the Coordinator of activities for the day - Mr. Ian Manifold, Chief Statistician - Mr. Lennox Benjamin, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs - Nigel Dharamlall and UNICEF Deputy Representative - Rudi Lunchmann, launched a programme that would see statistics on various aspects of national life being posted electronically.
Collectively, they all shared the same opinion on the advantages of the new DevInfo software, which can be use to benefit various Governmental organisations and private sector businesses.
Guyana, like the rest of CARICOM, would be observing CARIBBEAN STATISTICS DAY on the 15th October, 2009. This day of observance was chosen by the Standing Committee of Caribbean Statisticians at its 33rd Meeting held in Barbados in October 2008, and has now been accepted and endorsed by the Caricom Secretariat for regional observance.
The observance of the first CARIBBEAN STATISTICS DAY would precede the expected declaration by the UN Statistical Commission at its next meeting in February 2010, of the annual observance of a World Statistics Day, commencing 2010, at a date to be finalized and announced at the said meeting.
By observing the 15th October, 2009 as CARIBBEAN STATISTICS DAY, Guyana and the other Caricom countries would be joining a group of one hundred and one countries and areas that have raised the profile of official statistics by having commemoration activities for a day, a week or a month.
Guyana Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2006
The 2006 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) carried out by the Bureau of Statistics (BOS) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), was launched on the 11th of December 2008.
The MICS, the third survey of its kind to be done in Guyana, was carried out to provide information on a large number of indicators to determine the situation of women and children at the national level.
The Data End User's Workshop was held from August 26th - 27th 2008 at the Regency Suites Hotel in Georgetown. Participants were from both governmental and non governmental organisations. The purpose of the workshop was to encourage consultation between and among stakeholders with the aim of deriving their views on the type and extent of socio economic information the census should provide.