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Main statistical agency
Main statistical agency name
Central Statistical Office
Web address
Position in the government
SCS is one of the sectors of the Ministry of Planning and the Chief Statistician reports to the under secretary of the Ministry of Planning .
Organizational structure and finance
Statistics and Census Sector

Department of Census and Population Statistics

- Division of Census and Samples Design
- Division of Vital Statistics
- Division of Labour and Living Statistics

Department of Economic Statistics

- Division of Economical Researches
- Division of Prices, Index numbers and Petroleum Statistics
- Division Financial and National Accounts

Department of Trade, Agricultural and Services Statistics

- Division of Foreign Trade Statistics
- Division of Services and Transportation Statistics
- Division of Agricultural Statistics

Department of Publications and Distribution

- Division of Distribution and Dissemination
Multi-annual or annual work program
SCS has an annual work program.
Main duties
Collection and dissemination of statistical data on all aspects of the Kuwaiti Economy and Society .

Brief history and other relevant background information
Brief history and other relevant background information
- In 1963 the census and statistics office was established and it was called "Central Statistical Office (CSO)" by law no: 27/1963.

- In 1997 CSO was merged with "National Center for Information Systems (NCIS)" by a ministerial decree and was called "Statistics and Information Sector (SIS)".

- In 2003 SIS was split into two sectors, they were called "Statistics and Census Sector (SCS)" and "Information Technology Sector (ITS)".

Legal basis
Legal basis
The Statistics Law No. 27 of 1963 on Statistics and Census covers the organization of statistical work in the state and its activities.

Other producers of official statistics
Other producers of official statistics
SCS is the only producer of official statistics.

Statistical advisory bodies
Statistical advisory bodies

Data collection
Most recent population census
20-21 April 2005
Access to administrative data
SCS does not have access to the administrative data.
Data confidentiality
The law no. 27/1963 prohibits disclosure of the individual data; the law N 37/1963 provides framework for use of statistical information.

Data dissemination
Release calendar (existence, when and how published)
Main publications

- Monthly Statistical Bulletin
- Annual Statistical Abstract


- General Population Census, 2005
- Building and Dwelling Census (Preliminary Results)
- Establishment Census, 2005
- Vital Statistics - (Births & Deaths)
- Government Employees, 30/6/2003.
- Annual Bulletin for Vital Statistics Marriage and Divorce
- Income and Expenditure Household Survey


- Capital Formation Statistics
- Eco. Statistical Indicators for Private Sector in Kuwait's Economy
- Movements of Economic Indicators in the State of Kuwait
- Revised Provisional Estimates - National Account
- Government Financial Statistics
- National Accounts Statistics
- National Accounts (Input/Output Tables)
- Annual Survey of Establishments
- Building Permits issued and Building Statistics
- Consumer Price Index Number
- Price Index Numbers
- Quarterly Bulletin for Retail Prices


- Yearly Bulletin of Foreign Trade Statistics, 2002.
- Monthly Bulletin of Foreign Trade Statistics, July 2003.
- Social Statistics, 2002.
- Transport & Communication Statistics, 2002.
- Agriculture Statistics - 2002/2003.
- Fisheries Statistics, 2002.
- Statistics of the Environment, 2002.
Languages of main publications
Arabic and English
How are data disseminated (Paper, CD Rom, Website, online databases, databanks)?
The statistical data is disseminated through hard copies, CD and website.
Availability of microdata for research purposes
Practices are based on International Standards and Classifications.

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