B’dos workshop to equip statisticians to better monitor CSME implementation

Saturday, November 05, 2016

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Barbados will host a two-day workshop next week aimed at better equipping statisticians from across the region to measure and monitor effectively the implementation of the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME).
The Guyana-based Caricom Secretariat said that the “CSME Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Framework Training Workshop” is being facilitated under the 10th European Development Fund CSME and Economic Integration Programme.
It said participants would be representatives from national and regional statistics offices who would be required to compile data on compliance with and implementation of the CSME regimes.
“The aim of the training is to create a self-sustaining mechanism by improving the capacity of these statisticians to use a standardised monitoring, evaluation and reporting (MER) framework.  Some of the topics that will be covered include MER systems and official statistics; MER framework and its structure; compliance indicators of the MER and the use of information and dissemination.
“Coming out of this training, it is anticipated that CSME-participating member states will have a strengthened capacity to assess and monitor the level of CSME implementation nationally. This should assist the proper functioning of the single market and economy since gaps can then be identified more quickly and appropriate steps taken to address these,” the Secretariat said in a statement.
The workshop, which begins on Monday, is being carried out as part of the capacity building deliverable of the consultancy for the development of a monitoring, evaluation and reporting framework of the CSME, the Secretariat added.

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