THE Central Statistical Office (CSO) will undertake two key surveys in 2021 and 2022.
In a statement, the Planning and Development Ministry said these are the Household Budgetary Survey and the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey.
The former will be done in the first quarter of 2021.
The latter (which is being done with UNICEF) will be done in the first half of next year.
The CSO has also started planning to do the Population and Housing Census in May 2022.
The ministry said Planning and Development Minister Camille Robinson-Regis mentioned these issues in her budget contribution in the House of Representatives on October 14.
Much of the CSO's work, the ministry continued, has been stymied by the covid19 pandemic.
The ministry said the CSO is currently working on solutions to address challenges to its work. Over 100 officers have been trained to date in the use of the Computer-Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI) software, which will replace paper-based surveys. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is partnering with the CSO to do this training in the use of the CAPI software, which uses tablets and other electronic devices as a data-collection tool.
On the labour force survey, the ministry said the CSO is listing households which is a prerequisite to enumeration.
In her contribution, Robinson-Regis said the CSO is working to obtain telephone contact information, which will allow a resumption of the labour force survey with a reduction in the level of face-to-face interviewing.
All other non-household-based surveys, such as the survey of business establishments and of retail prices, are continuing as scheduled.