Etienne Caruana served as Acting Director General of the National Statistics Office (NSO) of Malta since 2018 and was officially appointed as Director General on 7 May 2019.
Mr Caruana has for several years held the post of Director of Social and Regional Statistics, with the responsibility for the following statistical domains: Demography; Migration; Tourism; Living Conditions; Culture; Labour Market; Information Society; Education; and Regions. In this role, he contributed actively to the design, collection, analysis and overall execution of several statistical projects, including the decennial population census, the Survey on Income and Living Conditions which he introduced to the NSO in 2005 and supervised for many years, and recently, the Household Budgetary Survey. Additionally, Mr Caruana had responsibility for the Economic Statistics Directorate.
In his previous posts within NSO, Mr Caruana worked closely with different national and international stakeholders that are either providers or main users of official statistics. This experience is providing him with the opportunity to witness at first hand the challenges faced by national statistical institutes when collecting and compiling high-quality official data in a timely manner with minimal burden on respondents, as well as when assessing potential administrative data sources.
On many occasions during past years, Mr Caruana has provided technical assistance to foreign statistical institutes on a variety of data collection projects including the aforesaid Survey on Income and Living Conditions, the Labour Force Survey, the Labour Cost Survey, Tourism Statistics and Statistics on ICT Usage among Households and Enterprises. Mr. Caruana also worked with Eurostat on sectoral reviews and technical assistance to Non-EU countries.
The National Statistics Office (NSO) came into being in March 1947. Official statistics, however, had been compiled and published for many years. In 1872, an official publication called The Malta Blue Book featured a statistical view of Malta and its Dependencies from 1863 to 1872, covering the relevant time series for population, education, finance, and trade among others. One of the first volumes of The Blue Book of the Colony of Malta was published in 1851 and included a statistical abstract on population emanating from the 1842 Census.
The National Statistics Office is the executive arm of the Malta Statistics Authority. It is responsible for the collection, compilation, analysis and publication of a wide range of statistical information and related matters. This does not prevent other government departments or institutions from collecting their own statistical data for internal purposes.
Information provided to the NSO is treated as confidential. This information is used solely in the compilation of statistical reports. No information on individual returns can be given to any external public or private entity.
The NSO and its activities are governed by the Malta Statistics Authority Act, 2000.
The NSO's mission is to produce efficiently and with minimum burden on respondents high-quality statistics that are relevant, reliable and comparable, and to disseminate them in an impartial, independent and timely manner, making them available simultaneously to all users.
The National Statistics Office (NSO) is structured in four directorates: Economic and Business Statistics, Social and Regional Statistics, Data Capability and Corporate Services. The first two directorates are directly responsible for statistical subject-matter domains. The Data Capability directorate is tasked with assisting domain units in data management and methodological issues whilst helping the office reach a higher degree of efficiency in terms of processes and IT infrastructure. The Corporate Services directorate provides lateral support to all units for matters related to human resources, finances and risk compliance. Two units – External Cooperation and Dissemination – fall under the direct responsibility of the Director General.
Director General's Office
Personnel and Budgetary Matters
Risk Management and Compliance
Economic and Business Statistics Directorate
Balance of Payments
International Trade Statistics
Structural Business Statistics
Environment, Energy, Transport and Agriculture
Social and Regional Statistics Directorate
Social and Cultural Statistics
Labour Market Statistics
Tourism, Education and Information Society
Population and Migration Statistics
Regional and Migration Statistics
Data Capability Directorate
Methodology and Research
The adoption of this Code aligns the NSO with current developments in more advanced countries. This Code is also deemed to be a natural extension and a reinforcement of the provisions of the Malta Statistics Authority Act. In particular, it was established that:
- the Code of Conduct and Practice demands the exercise of the highest professional standards on the part of all Malta Statistics Authority (MSA) employees and encapsulates the enduring principles guiding the production and dissemination of official statistics. These are enshrined in the seven principles of statistical integrity, impartiality, reliability, objectivity, relevance, statistical confidentiality and transparency - basic principles that the MSA expects all its employees to respect and observe;
- employees are to conduct themselves in line with the Code of Conduct and Practice;
- in carrying out their statistical work, employees have clear and distinct obligations towards their funding agencies, society at large, data providers and users, and their professional colleagues. Therefore, in carrying out their statistical work, employees are expected to:
- operate with the utmost honesty, independence and integrity;
- produce statistics in an objective, scientific and unbiased manner;
- be accountable for the aspects of statistical methodology processes for which they are responsible;
- continuously seek to improve their professional competence, with respect to both their technical and management skills;
- set challenging service and quality standards and seek to achieve them;
- continuously seek to provide better value for money;
- maintain the relevance of their statistical activities to the needs of Parliament, Government and the wider community;
- provide statistics that are fit for the purpose intended;
- communicate statistical results in an effective, clear and exhaustive manner;
- make statistics accessible to all;
- place as minimal a load as possible on data providers and treat them with honesty;
- respect the core value of statistical confidentiality.
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