An NSDS is a national strategy which enables developing countries to build a reliable statistical system that produces the data necessary to design, implement and monitor national development policies and programmes. They also help countries meet their regional and international commitment with respect to statistics.
The role of statistics in supporting result-based management, better governance, and greater aid effectiveness is well recognized among policy makers and the international community. The National Statistical System (NSS) of Belize must be able to respond in a precise and sustainable manner to the changes underway in the economy and to the new information requirements it induces. This response entails a coordinated national effort aimed at improving the mechanisms and processes needed to produce relevant statistics. The NSDS is a strategy planning process which embodies this effort.
Designing the NSDS is a process that takes 12 to 18 months, providing an opportunity to identify the reforms that have to be undertaken. Accordingly, this shows what changes need to be made in some key components of the NSS such as the Statistics Act, the status of the national statistical office, co-ordination mechanisms, human and financial resources, etc. Once the strategy, action plans, and funding schemes have been determined an institutional mechanism is set up to oversee their implementation. This body will be in charge of coordinating, monitoring, and reporting activities.
The implementation of an NSDS depends on the financing of its action plans. In many developing countries, national budgets are often insufficient. Support from the international community is therefore crucial. In this case, the government and technical and financial partners ought to set up a long-term dialogue and co-ordination body in charge of drawing up a consistent funding strategy and monitoring its implementation.
On Thursday February 9th 2012 and continuing Friday February 11th 2012 at the Black Orchid resort in Burrel Boom Village, the Statistical Institute of Belize hosted a two day workshop to launch the design of the NSDS in Belize.
The workshop aimed to establish a national committee to identify what changes need to be made in some key components of the NSS such as the Statistical ACT, the status of the national statistical office, co-ordination mechanisms, human and financial resources, institutional building, etc.; and to develop a roadmap for the designing and implementing of the NSDS. The design process was led by national authorities including human and economic development sectors in close collaboration with the Statistical Institute of Belize and support from Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21).