November 19, 2010 No. 45/10-G CDB to Host Regional Seminar onData Warehousing and Dissemination in Trinidad and Tobago The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has organised a regional seminar on Data Warehousing and Dissemination in conjunction with the United Nations Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Studies (SALISES). It will take place from November 22 to 24, 2010, at the ECLAC Office in Trinidad and Tobago. The objective of the seminar is to expose key persons (statisticians and relevant professionals) from Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) of the Bank to the methods and facilities available in the Region for the storage, retrieval and manipulation of poverty and social data. It will involve a review of the issues and challenges associated with the storage and dissemination of social and poverty data in the Caribbean, an opportunity for participants to interface with some of the databank facilities operating in the Region and the laying out of a road map to improve access to and use of such data. The workshop will be coordinated by Mr. Edwin St. Catherine, Director of Statistics, St. Lucia, and will be supported by resource persons; Mr. Sylvan Roberts, Statistician, ECLAC and Ms. Kristin Fox, Data Bank Manager, Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, UWI Mona, Jamaica. In the last three years, CDB has been conducting a number of national and regional training workshops in Research Methods and Sampling Methodology, Data Processing and Management and Data Analysis and Interpretation, in conjunction with the Inter-American Development Bank-funded component of the Support for Poverty Assessment and Reduction in the Caribbean (SPARC). SPARC is a multi-donor initiative which is coordinated by the Barbados and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Office of the United Nations Development Programme, to build capacity in areas of poverty reduction, Millennium Development Goals monitoring and social policy development systems. In keeping with this objective, CDB has been conducting these workshops to complement its ongoing programme of support to its Borrowing Member Countries in the conduct of Country Poverty Assessments (CPAs) and implementation of poverty reduction strategies.