By BBN Staff: The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) and the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce (MEDP) joined together today to hold a workshop on strengthening the National Statistical System (NSS).
The two-day workshop funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is being held at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel and gathers a host of public and private sector participants. Participants included Chief Executive Officers, Heads of Departments and technical staff from various government ministries, as well as managers of statutory bodies and representatives of the private sector.
Janine Permit, modernization of the state specialist with the IDB explained that the workshop forms a part of a greater project valued at around US$150,000 geared towards increasing Belize’s capacity to collect data and produce statistics.
“We (the IDB), have an interest in increasing the statistical capacity in the country of Belize,” Permit said. “The way we see it, data is important. Without data you can’t do any evidence based policy making.”
She added that the workshop also serves to develop comprehensive compendium of national indicators as a monitoring and evaluation mechanism to measure the implementation of the Monitoring and Evaluating (M&E) framework of the Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy (GSDS), launched last year.
Permit projects that the current phase of project will be completed sometime around July.
The indicators coined and validated through the project will also be used to monitor Belize’s progress with working towards Horizon 2030.
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