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Country Profile of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Main statistical agency
Main statistical agency name
The Statistical Office
Web address
Position in the government
SO's head reports to the Central Planning Division and the Ministry of Finance.
Multi-annual or annual work program
Annual work program outlines the start date and the expected completion dates for all the activities within the Statistical Office. The program also indicates the availability of resources to carry out the planned activities.
Main duties
* To ensure adherence to the provisions of the Census and Statistical Act of 1983.
* To collect, compile and analyse statistical information relative to the agricultural, commercial, industrial, financial, social and general activities and condition of the inhabitants of St.Vincent and the Grenadines.
* To tabulate statistical data and to publish and disseminate reports.
* To provide local, regional and international organisations with timely statistical data.
* To conduct surveys and censuses in order to improve the database.
* To maintain a close working relationship with the Economic Planning Unit, Physical Planning Unit and other Government Departments to have available timely Statistical data for planning purposes.

Legal basis
Legal basis
SO operates under provisions of the Census and Statistical Act of 1983.

Other producers of official statistics
Other producers of official statistics
Besides SO, the line ministries, such as the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Education, produce official statistics.

Statistical advisory bodies
Statistical advisory bodies
Statistical advisory body was not established.

Data collection
Most recent population census
14 May 2001
Access to administrative data
SO has access to the Vital Statistics data which is obtained from the Registrar General's Office. The office also has right to administrative data from files at the Inland Revenue Department.

Data dissemination
Release calendar (existence, when and how published)
SO does not publish a release calendar due to the delays insufficient capacity of the Governmental Printery.
Main publications
The Digest of Statistics (annually)

Trade Reports (annually & quarterly)

Consumer Price Index bulletins (monthly, with half yearly and yearly reviews)

Vital Statistics Report (annually)

SVG facts & figures (annually)

Environmental Report

National Accounts Report

Population & Housing Census Report
Languages of main publications
How are data disseminated (Paper, CD Rom, Website, online databases, databanks)?
There is a mailing list consisting of individuals as well as, local, regional and international organisations. SO mails its publications as soon as they become available.

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