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Wednesday, August 11, 2004 - The institutional capacity of statistical offices throughout the OECS stand to benefit from the newly launched MECOVI- project, which is aimed at providing institutional strengthening to statistical offices for planning and conducting survey work.

The first component of this World Bank-funded project will focus on strengthening the design and implementation of the surveys of living conditions for participating OECS States.

Social Development Specialist, Rosalyn Hazelle said that measuring the standard of living in the OECS territories was pivotal to the continued social development of the region: “The capacity for the generation of timely, reliable, high quality data produced on a continuous basis must also be a reality. The timely assistance of the World Bank through an International Development Fund Grant provides the secretariat with financial resources to assist the participating member states in the development of reliable information to aid in designing, implementing and monitoring social policies.”

The other two significant aspects of the project include promoting the wide use of survey results and dissemination, to support poverty reduction strategies and build capacity for poverty measurement and social policy analysis.


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