Discuss and come to a consensus on matters pertaining to the NSDS strategic framework such as the vision, mission, goals, and strategic objectives. Related Items: Prioritize the results and recommendations from the National Statistics System (NSS) assessment; and DPM Turnquest explained that having a plan is not enough, by itself. He said there are a number of other necessary activities that must be completed if the project is to be done properly, and it is going to be done properly.The DPM said along with the plan, this year the Government will also conduct a NSS-wide Business Processes Review focused on detailed analysis of current (as-is) processes, identification of gaps, benchmarking with existing standards and best practice, and design of future (to-be) processes to enable a seamless, integrated, effective, and efficient National Statistics System.This will also include an assessment of the information technology functional and technical capacity to deliver the kind of National Statistics System that you will all help to shape.He said additionally, recognizing the human resource challenges faced, the government will also conduct a Human Resource (HR) audit that is expected to identify those areas of the Department of Statistics and the National Statistics System in need of improvement, as well as their strengths, while taking into consideration the proposed new structure for the Department of Statistics and the National Statistics System.“It will include the review of various HR policies, systems, documentations, and rules and regulations and will assess the efficiency and productivity of employees. Additionally, various aspects of the HR department in the Department of Statistics, such as employee compensation, recruitment and training, employee perks, job descriptions, performance evaluation procedures, termination procedures, etc. will also be reviewed.”DPM Turnquest told the participants that they were all chosen for a very specific reason.“Your unique knowledge of the underlying issues that have us in the state that we are currently in with respect to official statistics is going to be vital for identifying the short, medium and long-term goals of this project; and, for its implementation in the very near future.“Based on the findings of the assessment, it was determined that there is limited analysis and report writing that takes place using the data produced. This has contributed to a limited use of the data that is available for planning and evidence-based decision-making.”He said, “Moving forward, you may determine that we must have, as a goal, greater use of statistics for policy, planning and decision-making. But you must also tell us whether, in order to achieve this, we must have short term objectives such as increasing awareness about the benefits of statistics to society, increasing user satisfaction, or other effective strategies.”By: Llonella Gilbert (BIS)Photo Captions:Header: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Peter Turnquest opens the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics Validation and Strategic Planning workshop at SuperClubs Breezes, Monday, February 19, 2018. (BIS Photo/Kristaan Ingraham)Insert: Key Stakeholders attend the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics Validation and Strategic Planning workshop, Monday, February 19, 2018. (BIS Photo/Kristaan Ingraham) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 23, 2018 – Nassau – The Ministry of Finance held a workshop designed to engage and seek the input of all key stakeholders before drafting the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS, which would benefit national planning and evidence-based decision making. The workshop was held at SuperClubs Breezes, Monday, February 19, 2018.Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest said, “This strategy, we fully expect, will serve as the strategic plan that will provide the roadmap to establishing strategic governance, planning and monitoring of the Bahamas National Statistical System: including the Department of Statistics and the other data producing agencies across government.”Attendees at the workshop included data producers from various government ministries, users of this information, and other stakeholders such as the business community, academia, media, civil society, and other non-government organizations, and will help to:
Kolkata: Inaugurating the two-day international seminar on sexual exploitation of children in the digital era, Ananya Chakraborty, chairperson, West Bengal Commission for the Protection of Child Rights said the conference would wage a war against cyber-crimes exploiting children.The programme was reflective of the commitment towards protection of children locally, nationally and internationally. She said there are 3.2 crore children in Bengal but there are no studies to show the exact extent of impact of commercial sexual exploitation of children online. She further said Bengal was proud to host the event. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe WBCPCR and International Justice Mission have been planning the event for a year. She is grateful to IJM for all their support and hope they partner in future as well to conduct more such programmes to protect the children. While addressing the gathering Moloy Ghatak, state minister for Law and Judiciary, congratulated the WBCPCR and IJM for hosting a one of a kind conference — the first time ever. He commended the efforts by the WBCPCR and IJM — especially before the guardians and protectors of children. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedJustice Girish Chandra Gupta, chairman CHRC said the Internet is of immense use and the question arises as to whether it is a boon or a threat to life and collective well being. Internet has offered unlimited opportunities for commerce, learning and expression. But technology has dark sides as well. Dangerous games such as the Blue Whale Challenge which children secretively play on online platforms pose a grave threat to life as found in the Supreme Court case Sneha Kalita v. UOI. He further said online abuse and harassment has become a common phenomena causing depression and increasing the drive in victims to commit suicide. Ajey Ranade, IG(I) CID said a new chapter in the history of Bengal has opened up. He claimed when the internet was not there, the impact of acts against children were limited.