The Bureau of Statistics, Guyana was established as a department in 1957, but prior to this, the collection and publication of statistics was decentralised and assigned to a few key government departments. In the early 1940s the then Sugar Producer’s Association was responsible for the compilation of sugar statistics, the Agriculture Department for statistics on rice and the remainder of the agricultural sector, the then Public Works Department was responsible for statistics on wages and the Customs Department was in charge of Trade Statistics.
An Act of Parliament in October 1990 incorporated the Bureau of Statistics, Guyana as a semi-autonomous body, outside the purview of the traditional Public Service. The functions of the Bureau, which has since 1965 become systemised, are set out in section 4 (1) of the Bureau of Statistics Act No 25 of 1991 and the Statistical Bureau Act Cap 19.09 and can be summed up as follows:
- Conduct censuses;
- Collect, compile, analyse, and publish socio-economic and other statistical data;
- Collaborate with other Government departments in collecting, compiling, analysing and publishing statistics derived from administrative records;
- Organise a co-ordinated scheme of social and economic statistics for Guyana.
The Bureau of Statistics (BoS), being a semi-autonomous organization and the central statistical arm of Government, is committed to efficiently disseminate, analyse and produce statistical information covering economic, social and environmental issues in Guyana, and to serve its customers in a courteous manner.
The Board of the Bureau of Statistics, Guyana consists of the followings:
- The Hon. Minister of Finance (Chairman)
- The Chief Statistician, who serves as ex-officio Vice Chairman
- No less than three (3) and no more than seven (7) other persons appointed by the Minister.
The Bureau is headed by the Chief Statistician, and assisted by two Deputy Chief Statisticians. The business of the Bureau is conducted through a network of functional departments, which are managed by Heads of Departments. The Departments are as follows:
- National Accounts
- External Trade and Prices
- Demography, Social & Vital Statistics
- Human Resource, Finance and Administration
- Information Systems
- Poverty Measurement & Analysis
“This website was developed with the assistance of the Government of Canada through the Project for the Regional Advancement of Statistics in the Caribbean (PRASC).”