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Country Profile of El Salvador

Main statistical agency
Main statistical agency name
Direccion General de Estadistica y Censos
Web address
http://www.digestyc.gob.sv/
Position in the government
DIGESTYC's head reports to the Ministry of Economy
Organizational structure and finance
The Director General supervises four divisions: Director of Census and Population, coordinator of "ad-honorem de la unidad de nomenclaturas", coordinator of "ad-honorem de la unidad de muestreo", coordinator "de la unidad de asesoria y planificacion estrategica."
Multi-annual or annual work program
DIGESTYC organizes activities in the short and long-term to produce the national census.
Main duties
Somos la entidad coordinadora y productora de información estadística de manera oportuna, confiable y sistemática, para satisfacer la demanda de los diferentes usuarios, nacionales e internacionales, con la finalidad de contribuir al desarrollo económico y social del país


Brief history and other relevant background information
Brief history and other relevant background information
La Dirección General de Estadística y Censos, surge a la vida pública el 5 de noviembre de 1881, con el nombre de Oficina Central de Estadística. Creándose así el organismo que se responsabilizaría a nivel nacional de la investigación y generación de información estadística del país.

En 2005, con el objetivo de actualizar la base estadística nacional, se inicia el desarrollo del Programa de Censos Nacionales, con el apoyo del gobierno de Japón, para lo que se conforma la Comisión Nacional de Censos, integrada por representantes de entidades públicas y privadas, con la misión de validar y apoyar la ejecución de los proyectos estadísticos comprendidos dentro del Programa.

Se celebra el 125 Aniversario de fundación de la oficina de estadísticas nacionales, la DIRECCIÓN GENERAL DE ESTADÍSTICA Y CENSOS, adscrita al Ministerio de Economía de El Salvador.


Legal basis
Legal basis
The present legislation is not very accurate in respect to the public character of the information, nonetheless, it establishes that the dissemination of the information is the responsibility of the Direccion General de Estadistica y Censos (DIGESTYC).


Other producers of official statistics
Other producers of official statistics
The Banco Central de Reserva is responsible for the macroeconomic statistics (National Accounts, Payments, Public Finances and Financial Statistics); there are also other producers like the Ministry of Agricultural (Agricultural statistics).


Statistical advisory bodies
Statistical advisory bodies
Committee to Coordinate the National Statistical System was created in 2001. The Committee is integrated in the different institutions of the Public Sector which are producers and users of official statistics. However, due to the irregular meetings, the Committee does not implement its functions.


Data collection
Most recent population census
12 May 2007
Access to administrative data
DIGESTYC does not have access to administrative data.
Data confidentiality
Un valor institucional es cuidar y garantizar el secreto estadístico.

DIGESTYC is proposing the new legislation aimed at strengthening statistical confidentiality through administrative measures and other penalties. This initiative is essential because isolated cases of pilfering data bases which contained information from the sources have been reported.


Data dissemination
Release calendar (existence, when and how published)
DIGESTYC does not publish a release calendar.
Main publications
Anuario Estadístico
Boletín Índice de Precios
Censo de Población y Vivienda
Censo Económico 1993
Encuesta de Hogares de Propósitos Múltiples
Encuesta Económica
Información Demográfica
Principales Indicadores Sociales y Económicos
Resumen del Censo Agropecuario
Languages of main publications
Spanish.
How are data disseminated (Paper, CD Rom, Website, online databases, databanks)?
Paper.
Availability of microdata for research purposes
Currently, DIGESTYC is developing the new web site project. In order to facilitate access to the information for reseach purposes, establishment of the Center for the Dissemination of Public Statistics and the National Statistics Archive were proposed.




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