The Cook Islands Statistics Office (CISO) in collaboration with the Secretariat for the Pacific Community (SPC) and PARIS21 recently conducted a seminar on the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS). More than 50 key stakeholders from government agencies, private sector, and local NGOs participated in the activity. The NSDS launching seminar was supported by several high level officials in the country, among them the Secretaries of Finance, Marine Resources, Internal Affairs; Treasurer; and Chief of Staff of the Office of the Prime Minister.
The seminar discussed some of the issues and challenges faced by the National Statistical System and which need to be addressed in the NSDS. Among the key issues raised by the participants was better coordination and communication of statsitics and engaging all key players in statistical development. Cook Islands is one of the several countries in the Pacific currently being supported by PARIS21 and SPC in the preparation of the NSDS. Other countries in the Pacific that are currently designing their NSDS include Vanuatu, Tonga, and Solomon Islands. Samoa was the first coutry in the Pacific to have an approved NSDS.
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