$1.02b for Pacific data hub

THE World Bank Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB) has committed $US500,000 ($F1.02 billion) for the establishment of a regional data hub, the Pacific Data Archive, which will preserve, catalogue and disseminate Pacific micro-data sets.

And Tonga’s government statistician Dr Viliami Fifita said this project would preserve and document data sets to prevent their loss and benefit the Pacific region by providing a centralised data repository and micro-data dissemination platform.

“This data can be used to guide planning, decision making and policy formation. The project will also help to build statistical capacity in the region and improve the quality of data production through the development of guidelines for sampling in small island states like Tonga,” he said.

A Pacific Community (SPC) press release issued yesterday said SPC’s Statistics for Development Division (SDD) had entered into a contract with the World Bank for this project.

“The demand for high quality and timely Pacific data is increasing in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals reporting requirements however accessing data and metadata on the Pacific remains a significant challenge,” the release said.