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Country Profile of Jamaica

Main statistical agency
Main statistical agency name
Statistical Institute of Jamaica
Web address
Position in the government
Statutory Organization, a body corporate, reports to Board of Directors. Prime Minister of Jamaica is at head of organizational structure.
Organizational structure and finance
Ministry of Finance & Planning (Portfolio Responsibility)
Board of Directors (Appointed by Minister with portfolio responsibility)
Director General(Chief Executive Officer)
Deputy Director General(Technical Operations)
Divisions-Headed by Director/Manager:
Office of the Director General
Information & Technology
Corporate Services
Field Services
Research, Design and Evaluation
Communication & Marketing
Special Projects
Administrative Statistics
Economic Accounting
Census,Demographic and Social Statistics

From the consolidated fund,supplemented by fees for services rendered and from donations
Multi-annual or annual work program
Multi-annual:Corporate Plan (spanning 3 years)

Annual work program: Operational Plan
Main duties
o to collect, compile, analyse, abstract and publish statistical information in relation to commercial, industrial, social, economic and general activities and condition of the people;

o to collaborate with public agencies in the collection, compilation and publication of statistical information including information derived from the activities of such agencies;

o to take any census in Jamaica;

o to promote and develop integrated social and economic statistics pertaining to Jamaica

and to co-ordinate programmes for the integration of such statistics.

Brief history and other relevant background information
Brief history and other relevant background information
The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is the primary provider of statistical data in Jamaica. It is a national statistical agency which has been in existence since 1946 and was then known as the Central Bureau of Statistics.In 1955, the name was changed to the Department of Statistics, which became the Statistical Institute of Jamaica on April 9,1984.

Legal basis
Legal basis
The Statistical Institute of Jamaica was established under the Statistics (Amendment) Act 1984 on April 9, 1984. The Institute has been invested with all the powers formerly vested in the Department of Statistics and previously the Bureau of Statistics (which came into existence in 1946) along with other powers.

Other producers of official statistics
Other producers of official statistics
Ministry of Education, Youth & Culture - Statistics Section,Planning and Development Division
Jamaica Constabulary Force - Police Crime Statistics Section
Ministry of Agriculture - Data Bank & Evaluation Unit
Ministry of Health - Planning and Evaluation Unit
Bank of Jamaica - Research & Economic Programming Division

Statistical advisory bodies
Statistical advisory bodies

Data collection
Most recent population census
Population Census 10 September 2001
Access to administrative data
The Statistics Act, Sections 14 and 19, places obligations on all persons in Jamaica to provide the information requested by the organisation.
Data confidentiality
The Statistics Act, Sections 9 and 18 require that all information provided be treated as strictly confidential. All employees are required to sign STATIN's Oath of Secrecy and the Official Secrets Declaration Act.

Data dissemination
Release calendar (existence, when and how published)
Main publications
Annuals-Consumer Price Indices Report
Demographic Statistics
Employment and Earnings
External Trade Report CD
Labour Force Statistics
National Income and Product
Pocket Book of Statistics
Production Statistics
Survey of Living Conditions (joint report with PIOJ)
Environment Statistics Report

Monthly-Consumer Price Indices Report
Consumer Price Indices Bulletin
External Trade Bulletin

Quarterly-Gross Domestic Product
Languages of main publications
How are data disseminated (Paper, CD Rom, Website, online databases, databanks)?
CD Rom
Availability of microdata for research purposes
Data can be made available at certain levels of aggregation as long as it is in compliance with confidentiality requirements stipulated in the Statistics Act.

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