The LSMC serves as an advisory body to the national statistics offices (NSOs) and the OECS Commission on issues relating to Social & Poverty Data, as well as inequality indicators. The objectives of the meeting were among other things, to:
· Receive updates on the main decisions and actions tabled at the Fifth Technical Committee and Eighth General LSMC meetings
· To share experiences and lessons learnt from implementing household surveys
· Receive updates on Member States’ preparation to implement their Enhanced Country Poverty Assessment (CPA); and
· Confirm agreement on the methodologies, instruments and criteria for the assessments of poverty and inequality according to international best practices.
The meeting also discussed Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) as a rich source of data for the health and social conditions of children and women, which Member States can use to monitor the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The use of Internal Review Boards to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects selected to participate in behavioural or social science research was also discussed.
The Dominica Meetings were attended by Directors/Chief Statisticians of the Member States’ NSOs, social and economic planners and policy analysts who are all considered to be part of the national statistical system (NSS).
The meetings were chaired by Mr Carlton Phipps, Director of Statistics, St. Kitts Central Statistical Office.