New office for CSO employees
Old HQ ruled unfit
Cabinet has approved the rental of offices at Furness Court in Port of Spain for some staff members of the Central Statistical Office (CSO).
The CSO’s former location at Independence Square in the capital city was condemned at the end of May by Occupational Safety and Health Authority (OSHA) officials as unfit for human occupation because of electrical problems and leaks in the building.
Many of the CSO’s 350 staff members were relocated to a facility at Park Street, Port of Spain while others worked from home.
Planning Minister Bhoendradatt Tewarie told the Express yesterday that Cabinet approved the rental at Furness Court for displaced employees while Government looked at a longer term accommodation solution for the CSO.
He said during a phone interview that the Park Street location now housed some of the CSO’s “key functions”, including the GDP, trade, inflation and unemployment data sections.
Tewarie said when the CSO moved to a more permanent location, it would take into account the recommendations of a Swedish consultant to create conditions for more effective operations.
The plan is to move CSO employees to the building at Furness Court as soon as preparations are completed shortly, he said.
The CSO is a Division of the Ministry of Planning charged with the responsibility of taking censuses in Trinidad and Tobago and collecting, compiling, analysing and publishing statistical information relating to all social and economic activities of the population.