The Central Statistical Office of Saint Lucia (CSO)
The Central Statistical Office of Saint Lucia (CSO) was originally established under the Statistics Act Number 13 of 1973 on November 7th, 1973. Legislation governing the CSO has since been republished as the Statistics Act Chapter 17.12, Vol. 19 of 2001opens in a new window. The CSO is the principal data collecting, processing and disseminating agency responsible for coordinating, monitoring and supervising the National Statistical System. It thus has the statutory mandate to produce and provide government, the private sector, parastatal organisations, international organisations, the civil society and the general public with statistical information for evidence based decision-making, policy formulation and planning as well as investment purposes. The statutory mandate also includes the responsibility to provide advisory and technical service to all users on statistical matters. The CSO currently falls under the Ministry of Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport, and Civil Aviation.
The main functions of the CSO are:
- to collect, compile, analyze, abstract and publish statistical information relating to the commercial, industrial, social, economic and general activities and condition of the people;
- to collaborate with public agencies in the collection, compilation and publication of statistical information including statistical information derived from the activities of such agencies;
- to take any census in Saint Lucia; and generally, to promote and develop integrated social and economic statistics pertaining to Saint Lucia and to co-ordinate programs for the integration of such statistics, in accordance with the provisions of the Statistics Actopens in a new window.
Our Vision and Mission
To provide timely access to comprehensive, accurate, reliable information on St. Lucia to anyone, anywhere, anytime.