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Country Profile of Palau

Main statistical agency
Main statistical agency name
Office of Planning and Statistics
Web address
www.palaugov.net/stats/
Position in the government
The Office of Planning and Statistics is in the Bureau of Budget and Planning in the Ministry of Finance.
Organizational structure and finance
The Director of the Bureau of Budget and Planning supervises the Head of the Statistics Office.
Main duties
Collect, compile and process statistical information.
Help monitor economic activity and evaluate economic conditions.
Produce a number of reports on a wide range of subject matter areas.


Brief history and other relevant background information
Brief history and other relevant background information
In 2000, social statistics were being produced by the Office of Planning and Statistics (OPS) in the President's Office, and economic statistics by the Budget Office in the Ministry of Administration (MOA). The statistical functions were consolidated in December 2001 with the creation of a new Statistics and Planning sub-division within the Bureau of Budget and Planning.


Legal basis
Legal basis
Authority for statistical operations is vested in an Executive Order, but an urgent need exists for enactment of a Statistics Act.


Other producers of official statistics
Other producers of official statistics
o Ministry of Administration (MOA)-economic statistics;

o Ministries of Health and Education-health and education data;

o Ministry of Justice-immigration statistics and annual corporate reports;

o Environmental Quality Protection Board-new construction projects;

o Ministry of Commerce and Trade-labor statistics;

o Palau Visitors Authority-tourism statistics; and

o Customs administration of the MO A-trade data.


Data collection
Most recent population census
1 April 2005
Access to administrative data
The Office has access to data from the relevant Government ministries and agencies, as well as semi-government agencies, banking institutions and non-profit institutions.


Data dissemination
Release calendar (existence, when and how published)
The principal dissemination vehicle for statistics is the Statistical Yearbook and official releases for the CPI. Apart from the CPI release, however, there is no formal dissemination program. Statistical data are treated as inputs to the budget process and, prior to their release, are reviewed by the Minister and senior officials. A ministerial statement may accompany the data. To meet international standards and emphasize the independence of the Statistics Office, separate releases are recommended for all regular statistics under the name of the Statistics Office rather than the Bureau of Budget and Planning. To improve data dissemination, statistics are planned to be included on a government website.
Main publications
Qrtly Economic Releases
CPI
National Accounts
Palau Poverty Analysis - July 2008
2006 Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES)
2005 Census of Population and Housing - Tabulation Report
Palau 2020 National Master Development Plan
Economic Development Plan, Volume I
2004 Palau National Tourism Survey
Population and Environment Survey - 2003
Statistical Year Book - 2002-03
Statistical Pamphlet - 2001
Household Income and Expenditure Survey - 1997
Population census monograph - 2000
Population census basic tables - 2000
Population census final tables - 1995
Languages of main publications
English.
How are data disseminated (Paper, CD Rom, Website, online databases, databanks)?
Website.




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