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Bahamas participating in regional census management workshop

The Bahamas and 19 other Caribbean countries are expected to strengthen their census planning, management and implementation in a four-day workshop organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

The workshop, which is being held in Kingston, Jamaica this week, will lead to statisticians from The Bahamas being better equipped to carry out upcoming population and housing censuses in 2020, especially with the use of new technology, according to a press release from ECLAC on the training initiative.

“Population censuses, which collect data from every household in the country, are the largest statistical exercise carried out by government officials and they require detailed planning,” the release states.

“In the upcoming round, many countries will also be adopting new methods and technologies, such as use of handheld devices to capture data during household interviews. To support this process, a joint ECLAC, UNFPA and CARICOM (Caribbean Community) workshop will strengthen the capacity of key government statistical officers in the Caribbean to manage and implement the census.”

According to the release, new technology will be tested in the newest census rounds, which will take place across the Caribbean between 2020 and 2022.

“Through the workshop, participants will acquire skills to enhance their ability to plan and manage the census, including making timely decisions at all stages of the process,” the release explained.

“This will include the arrangements for testing new methods and technologies for census enumeration, as well as the dissemination and use of census data to generate key national development indicators. Participants will have an opportunity to share the experiences in their countries as they prepare for their national census.”

Other countries participating in the workshop include Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, Curaçao, Dominica, Fiji, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Panama, and Canada.

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