STATIN Defends Numbers following Tourism Minister’s Criticisms

The Statistical Institute of Jamaica, STATIN, is defending its data, in the wake of criticism that their numbers aren’t truly reflecting the country’s economic situation.

In particular, there’ve been concerns about the true contribution of the tourism and Business Processing Outsourcing, BPO sectors to the economy.

Following reports that there’s been a decline in the Hotels and Restaurants category, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett complained that there’s a need for a tourism satellite account to adequately track the sector.

However, Director General of STATIN, Carol Coy, says the agency does have a satellite account for tourism, which draws upon contributions from all sectors.

Ms. Coy says STATIN will also begin treating the BPO sector in a similar manner.

Carol Coy was speaking with Nationwide News following a media sensitization seminar last week, to train journalists to better understand official data.

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