Haiti's government decides to strengthen national statistical system

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de gauche à droite: Secrétaire d'Etat Michel Présumé, le DG du ministère du Plan, Giovanni Dorélien, un représentant de L'UE, Mario Caivano, et Shirley Augustin, Coordonnatrice de L'ONPES (photo: )
de gauche à droite: Secrétaire d'Etat Michel Présumé, le DG du ministère du Plan, Giovanni Dorélien, un représentant de L'UE, Mario Caivano, et Shirley Augustin, Coordonnatrice de L'ONPES

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) - Haiti's government has decided to intensify efforts to strengthen the Caribbean country's statistical system, the deficiencies of which often prevent decision-makers, at public and private levels, from having access to reliable statistical data, needed in the implementation of public policies and decision-making process.

The issue of availability of statistics and that on their importance in the development of public policies, have been part of the agenda of an important discussion workshop, organized by the Ministry of Planning, through the National Observatory on Poverty and Social Exclusion (ONPES), led by Shirley Augustin.

The Secretary of State for Planning,  Michel Presumé - who replaced, at the meeting, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, who had to cancel his appearance at the last minute as he was called elsewhere  - has emphasized the need to systematize statistical data in various areas to allow players to make more informed choices. 

"The statistics are an extremely important tool in the development of public policies and the decision-making process," Presumé told the Haitian-Caribbean News Network (HCNN) on Thursday.

"Prime Minister Lamothe, also Minister of Planning and External Cooperation (MPCE), had a last minute obligation and could not be here with us. However, he decided to make statistics a fundamental element in decision-making, "reported Presumé.

It is clear that Haitian authorities today show a growing awareness about the need to establish a true national statistical system, likely to provide reliable data to guide decision-making.

The establishment of the Minimum Statistical Program, known as PSM, coordinated by ONPES and funded by the European Union (EU) has already achieved encouraging results in the departments of Justice and Public Safety, Public Health and Education. And with PSM, the Haitian Institute of Statistics and Informatics (IHSI) was able to launch the National Statistics Development Strategy, known by its French acronym SNDS.

"We are very sensitive to the issue of statistics, and ONPES is leading the Minimum Statistical Programme, in agreement with the IHSI and other public institutions, so that we may know the state of things and what we must do to make sure that statistics become even more an essential element in our process of planning development, "said Présumé.

The ONPES workshop led to a very interesting discussion on the reliability of the statistics, the need to make better use of available data.

The National Authorizing Officer, Jean Edner Nelson, an EU representative, Mario Caivano and the Director General of the Ministry of Planning, Giovanni Dorélien attended the workshop. 

ONPES is also involved with studies on the level of poverty and the impact of government social programs on households, especially in the most disadvantaged areas. 

The social assistance program, EDE PEP, implemented by the administration of President Michel Martelly and Lamothe's government, has already reached several millions people.

 

 

 

 

 

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