For the compilation of statistics data needs to be organised into homogenous groups with common characteristics. Statistical classifications facilitate this; they form the basis for the production of reliable and methodologically sound statistics to inform policymaking.
For the Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) to produce consistent, coherent statistics that can be compared regionally, internationally and over time, the latest international statistical classifications are required as an enabling framework. However, for most PICTs, some of their key commodities, economic activities and occupations are not specifically visible in the international statistical classifications. To address this SPC has worked on regional versions of the four of the most used international statistical classifications:
- the Pacific Classification of Individual Consumption According to Purpose
- the Pacific Standard Industrial Classification of all economic activities
- the Pacific Standard Classification of Occupations
- the Pacific Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System
With PICTs using the regional classifications based on international statistical classifications, they are able to compile statistics on commodities, activities and occupations specific to their country. This also allows their data to be compared with those of other countries to see how their statistical indicators compare with overall world development. All in all, PICTs have the opportunity to promote their data, and subsequently their country.