In celebration of the Caribbean Statistics Day 2013, the Statistic Institute of Belize (SIB) in collaboration with the University of Belize held its official launch of the 2010 Census Report on Wednesday morning at the UB Jaguar Auditorium. This report, done every decade, gives insight to crucial information used to make some of the most formidable decisions of a country and also to some of the most base decisions of an individual. Hon. Santiago Castillo, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development explains how he himself makes use of this information.
Hon. Santiago Castillo- Minister of State
“As my previous statements said, I clearly appreciate statistics. Population and import, statistics as I previously said, are vital to me as volte politician and a businessman. From the political perspective, population statistics help to determine the amount of resources I need to meet the social needs of my constituents. Needles to say, knowing the size of my constituency’s population and the changes thereto, which happens monthly is extremely critical if I am to successfully challenge or defend the electoral seat I presently hold. And there is always someone that wants that seat. Ladies and gentlemen, it would be remiss of me not to comment on the National Census Report that is being launched as a part of this ceremony. I have perused a document and it provides a lot of useful information that could greatly impact and improve the performance of Government and non-governmental agencies as well as private businesses”
Jacqueline Small, Demographer at SIB, highlighted to us a few of the most eminent characteristics of the 2010 Census Report when compared to that of year 2000.
Ms. Jacqueline Small- Demographer
“One of the things that we observe is that despite the small size of the population, our population is in fact growing at a very fast pace. In CARICOM, for example, most population growth is under 1% per annum. Ours is almost 3% per annum. Another thing is, we talked about literacy, weakens even though our literacy is not up to where we would like it to be, there, it is obvious that we are improving. When you look at youth literacy, for example, more than 4 out of every 5 person…youth…15 to 24 is considered literate, and one of the things that people do studies on gender is usually concerned about the difference between males and females. We saw where, in the adult population, there is a huge gap of almost 10% in literacy between males and females with the males being at the lower end. When we look at the youths, we can see that the gap has closed quite a bit. The difference is now less than 4%. So, that is some good news coming out of the census”.