ESO begins preparations for 2020 Census

| 12/10/2018 | 9 Comments
Cayman News Service

Finance Minister Roy McTaggart and the Census Advisory Committee (click to enlarge)

(CNS): The Economics and Statistics Office has begun its preparations for the next Cayman Islands census, which will be taken in 2020. Cabinet recently approved the planning process for the Cayman Islands’ 2020 Census of Population and Housing, and the Census Advisory Committee met for the first time on Wednesday, exactly two years before Census Day 2020. The committee comprises people representing all three Cayman Islands and from different branches of the public sector, as well as non-governmental agencies, such as the National Council for Persons with Disabilities. The Sister Islands are represented by the district commissioner and his deputy.

The committee will inform and advise the ESO in the planning stage, such as helping with the finalisation of the census questionnaire. The planning for Census 2020 will cover all phases of census preparation, field work implementation and post-field dissemination under three sub-committees for mapping, logistics and training, as well as publicity, ESO Director Maria Zingapan explained

Finance Minister Roy McTaggart welcomed the committee members at a recent meet and greet session and noted the vital role that census data plays in government’s planning for  generations to come, according to a GIS release. He said the data is an invaluable tool for the strategic development of all sectors of the community — public and private sectors, non-governmental and civic organisations.

“The good value of strong data cannot be underestimated,” he said, adding that the census was the single biggest snapshot about the Cayman Island.

Important initiatives undertaken using Census 2010 data include the review of electoral boundaries, business planning by the private sector, roads and transport planning, policy reviews for the elderly and persons with disabilities, national energy policy and education sector planning.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    What are the people who won’t participate afraid of exactly?

    • Anonymous says:

      Having their time wasted so that government can spend millions of dollars to report numbers that bear no reflection to reality. Case in point – more work permit holders than eso says there are foreign nationals.

    • Anonymous says:

      Because it is a massive invasion of privacy. How many TV’s I have and what my salary is, is nobodys business but mine. We don’t know exactly what they do with this data and we all know that the government departments do NOT respect confidentiallity.

      Is a government won’t even tell us how much the cruise piers cost, keeps the immigration report a secret from the public, one that can be trusted?. YOUR information is not secure.

      • Anonymous says:

        Well you lot vote in these imbeciles and let them control who they hire in the civil service or what they do with information.

    • Anonymous says:

      This regime is fond of making up their own numbers to suit them, so the honest intent of this exercise (if there indeed is one) is lost in the filing room, and this data joins the extensive gallery of unread and/or useless government reports.

  2. Count Me-in says:

    I suggest they have a category to list all managers and above in the Civil Service and governmental agencies so we can all see how they proliferate from one census to the next.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Count me out.

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