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Jul 10, 2019

S.I.B. Introduces Belize National Statistical System Portal

This morning, the Statistical Institute of Belize and the Inter-American Development Bank formally launched the Belize National Statistical System Portal and the S.I.B. website.  The initiative comes as part of S.I.B.’s support to strengthen the country’s capacity to produce and use quality official statistics.  The introduction of the portal indicates that considerable progress has been made in the development of Belize’s National Statistical System which is designed to be the official source for indicators and meta-data for the country, specifically the Sustainable Development Goals and Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy.


Leopold Perriott

Dr. Leopold Perriott, Director General, S.I.B.

“The need to improve statistical capacity to provide the reliable, timely and accurate information that is essential to form both the public policy making and private sector business strategies have been recognized in the CARICOM region at the very highest levels of government.  The Statistical Institute of Belize was established in 2007 by way of the Statistics Act in 2006, as the lead agency responsible for the coordination of the country’s official statistics. In 2016, in its new growth and sustainable development strategy, GSDS, as we know it, the Government of Belize once more officially acknowledged the need to create a stronger National Statistical System as an essential tool for the efficient design of public programs and effective monitoring and evaluation of government initiatives.  Considerable attention has been directed by the S.I.B. over the last six years or so to plan and realize the modernization of S.I.B. and to the development of a vibrant, responsive and improved National Statistical System.  At an early stage, the promotion of the NSS as a focal point in the development of statistical processes and in measuring an evaluation as mandated in the Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy was seen as the most efficient catalyst for the development of official statistics in Belize.”

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