Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS STATISTICS?

According to the Oxford Dictionary (Third edition 2002) statistics can be defined as either the study of information based on numbers of things or as any piece of information expressed as numbers.

WHY ARE STATISTICS IMPORTANT?

Statistics are important to any country, institution or organization because not only are they the main instruments used in the development of policies but they also provide a platform as far as planning for any future activities are concerned.

WHAT TYPE OF STATISTICS DOES SIB PRODUCE?

Currently SIB produces population, demographic, import, export, inflation, GDP and labor force statistics. Note that copies of the published information are available on our website.

HOW CAN I RECEIVE THE LATEST STATISTICS FROM THE STATISTICAL INSTITUTE OF BELIZE?

One can subscribe by filling out the registration form available on the contact us page.

WHICH AGENCIES ARE MAJOR PRODUCERS OF OFFICIAL STATISTICS OF BELIZE?

The Central Bank of Belize, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Budget Management, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture and the Belize Tourism Board are among the main producers of official statistics on Belize. The websites, physical and email addresses for all these agencies are available via the Government of Belize website.

WHICH OFFICE SHOULD I CONTACT TO ORDER A BIRTH, DEATH OR MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE?

The Vital Statistics Unit in the Registrar General Department is responsible for issuing these documents. It is located in Belize City and can be reached at telephone numbers (501) 223-5625/35 or at email address vitalstatsbz@yahoo.com .

WHERE ARE THE OFFICES OF THE STATISTICAL INSTITUTE OF BELIZE?

The Statistical Institute of Belize has offices at the following locations:

  • Corozal Town – Government Administration Building
  • Orange Walk Town – No. 5 Park Street
  • Belize City – Government Administration Building, Mahogany Street
  • Punta Gorda – No. 11 Front Street

WHICH TYPES OF SURVEYS ARE CONDUCTED EVERY YEAR?

The standard surveys conducted every year include the Labour Force Survey (L.F.S) which is conducted bi-annually and the Consumer Price Index (C.P.I.) which is conducted four times per year.

HOW OFTEN IS CENSUS TAKEN?

Generally a census in conducted every ten years though some countries conduct them on a more frequent basis.

HOW DO I GET A JOB WITH SIB?

Vacancies are advertised in the local newspapers and on this website.