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National Classifications

International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities
(ISIC)

Country / Area: Bahamas

Classification category: Activity classifications

 
General information
1 (a)Name of the current national classification (full name in official national languages and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC), Rev. 4
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?English
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Yes.
 
Classification structure
2 (a)Please describe the structure of the classification: How many levels does the classification have? (Please provide labels, such as “Division”, “Class”) How many categories exist at each level?The Business Establishment Section of the Department classify businesses based on Rev.4 of ISIC. However all the catergories in ISIC are not currently being surveyed. Government agencies are not surveyed by the Depatment of Statistic along with the Argriculture, Financial and Insurance sectors.
Establishemnts are coded at the four digit level, however when reporting some ISIC they are reported at the two or three digit level.
The following individual categories of ISIC are surveyed by the Establishment Section:
Section Divisions
B 08, 09
C 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 23, 24, 25, 31, 32, 33, 35, 36, 37,
F 41, 42, 43,
G 45, 46, 47,
H 49, 50, 51, 52, 53,
I 55, 56
J 58, 59, 60, 62, 63
L 68
M 69, 70,71, 72, 73, 74, 75
N 77, 79, 80, 81, 82,
P 85,
Q 86, 87, 88,
R 90, 91, 92, 93
S 95, 96
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Section B, C, F, J and R are coded at the four digit level but released data are reported at the three digit level.
 
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Yes, the classification is based on the United Nations International Standard Industrial Classification of Activities Rev. 4.
3 (b)Is the classification structure identical to the international standard or, if not, how does it differ? (e.g. have additional levels been added to the international standard or have changes been made within the level of the international structure, such as aggregations or additional breakdowns)The classification structure for the most part is similar to the international standard but a few codes were created for unique Bahamian activities.
3 (c)Please describe deviations from the international standard (in terms of structure, methodology or application rules). Please use examples, if a general statement is not possible.Uniques codes were created for the Bahamas because there are a few activities unique to the Bahamas eg. manufacturing of straw products and we wanted to see their contribution to the economy. New codes were also broken out from established ISIC codes because they contained many establishments that did a variety of activites eg. 4773. We broke out a code 4775 to capture retail sales of watches, clocks and jewelry.
3 (d)At what level of the international standard can data be reported for international comparison? (Please provide examples of programmes / indicators if reporting takes place at different levels of the classification.)Data is reported at the two three or four digit levels depending on the activity. Some activites in the Bahamas are too small to be reported at the four digit level so depending on the amount of establishment in that grouping they are reported at the two or three digit level.
3 (e)If no links to international classifications exist or no international standard is used, please state if there are plans to use international norms in the future. 
 
Classification uses
4 (a)Please state for which statistical purposes (surveys etc.) this classification is used and if there are users outside of the Statistical Office. Please indicate at which level the classification is used for data collection and for data publishing.ISIC Rev. 4 is used to code businesses for the Business Establishment Annual Survey. Establishments are coded at the four digit level however when reporting some isic grouping are reported at the three or two digit level.
4 (b)Please give the names of institutions that use the classification for non-statistical purposes (as opposed to statistical purposes in question 4(a)). Also indicate the kind of use (e.g. tax offices, social security, customs, enterprise register, employment services, work permits etc.) 
4 (c)Please indicate if alternative classifications are used by other institutions of the economy. Are these classifications available and useful for the Statistical Office? 
 
Implementation / revision status
5 (a)Please state the date of the official adoption of the classification. If not yet adopted, please indicate the current state (e.g. in development, sent for approval, in printing, ready to be distributed etc.)December 2008
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.December 2008
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification? 
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)International Standard Industrial Classification Rev. 3.0 (ISIC)
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classifications 
5 (f)Please describe the structure of the former classification and indicate the number of items at each level of the classification. (similar to question 2(a))The structure follows the same format as question 2(a) but based on Rev. 3.0 classification.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes, the Business Establishment Section had to map ISIC Rev. 3.0 to Rev. 3.1 because a conversion table could not be located on the internet. This conversion table was then mapped to Rev. 4.0.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?ISIC Rev. 3.0 was implemented in 1991.
5 (i)Are statistical data still collected or published according to the former classification? Please indicate if this statistical data is collected or published by the Statistical Office or elsewhere.No.
 
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?No.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Yes.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?Not applicable.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?No.
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML) 
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form? 
 
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classification Department of Statistics
Clarence A. Bain Building
P.O. Box N 3904
Nassau, Bahamas
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiry Mrs. Kelsie Dorsett
Director
Department of Statistics
Clarence A. Bain Building
P.O. Box N 3904
Nassau, Bahamas
 
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevant 

Source: UN questionnaire, 28/09/2012