The Cook Islands Statistics Office (CISO) is a government department and the Cook Islands national statistical office. It administers the Statistics Act 1966, and is the country's major source of official statistics. Its chief executive has the title of Government Statistician who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Office.
As a result of the Reform Programme undertaken in 1996, total number of Office staff have been reduced from 20 to 10 (maintained up to now), with plans to expand in the medium term as indicated in the Office organisation chart.
Current staff and brief profiles are available [here].
Functions and Responsibilities
Under the Statistics Act 1966, the Statistics Office is authorised to collect information concerning any or all of the classes of official statistics specified in Section 9 of the Statistics Act.
The functions of the Cook Islands Statistics are:
1. to collect, compile, analyse, abstract and publish, statistics on the Cook Islands economic, financial, production, environmental and social matters
2. making or constructing statistical estimates, forecasts, projections and statistical models
3. to define, lay down, and promote standard concepts, procedures, definitions and classifications for use in official statistics
4. to inform other government departments on the suitability of statistical projects initiated or carried on by them.
Statistics produced by the CISO play a direct and significant role in the formation and monitoring of government policies.
The majority of the statistics disseminated here are collected and compiled in the Statistics Office while some have been collected from other sources in a form ready for publication.