PSSC Chair Attends Pacific Taskforce on SDGs Meeting 22-23 June in Suva

PSSC Chair Attends Pacific Taskforce on SDGs Meeting 22-23 June in Suva
Suva, FIJI ——–The chairman of the Pacific Statistics Steering Committee (PSSC) has welcomed and
commended the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) for prioritising and including statistics in
regional development discussions including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
PSSC Chair, Simil Johnson said the move by PIFS indicate a shift in the thinking of Pacific leaders
regarding the importance of statistics as a measuring tool.
“I have been in the field of statistics for over 30years now and am witnessing a breakthrough in the
way our work as statisticians is being given priority and elevated,” Mr Johnson said.
Mr Johnson made the comments after his participation at the Pacific SDGs Task Force meeting in Suva
yesterday.

“This is showing that our leaders are now more concerned that without statistics, no credible
information can be provided to measure performance from national, regional to international levels
on these goals,” he said.
He said the fact that members of the Pacific SDG Task Force dedicated a lot of time to discussing the
need for a set of indicators that would be common across the region on the first day of the meeting is
evidence that there is now an urgency for statistical capacity and expertise.
“And these stakeholders from various Pacific Islandgovernments and Civil Society have articulated
the need for National Statistics Offices through the PSSC, help deliver on this task,” he said.
“I must thank PIFS for leading the way by inviting us to be part of these important discussion.
The meeting continues today at the Pacific ICT Centre, University of the South Pacific (USP), Laucala
Campus in Suva.