On 18 May, 2018, Ministers from across the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) gathered in Georgetown, Guyana for the 42nd Meeting of the Community Council of Ministers where they discussed, amongst other issues, the CARICOM Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics (RSDS).

The CARICOM RSDS follows the 2016 Action Plan for Statistics in the Caribbean, which set forth a list of actions to be undertaken by governments to improve the availability of statistics. The RSDS will play a strategic role in strengthening statistics in the Region and improving its availability for evidence-based decision-making. It creates a shared and common foundation for statistical capacity to be developed throughout the region.

During the Meeting in Georgetown, Ministers commended PARIS21 for its support to CARICOM, especially as funder of the RSDS preparation. The Ministers also recommended that the CARICOM RSDS be placed before CARICOM Heads of Government in July for endorsement and further discussion around implementation.

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