The NBS was established in July 2010, under the new National Bureau of Statistics Act, 2010 and operates as a semi-autonomous government agency responsible for collecting, compiling, analyzing and publishing statistical information. The Bureau is also responsible for coordinating, monitoring and supervising the National Statistical System.
The NBS replaces the National Statistics Bureau (NSB) which was setup in 2005.
Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics
A key responsibility of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is to assist countries in the development of their national statistical system. This is by actively promoting the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics (FPOS) which were adopted by the Statistical Commission in 1994. The FPOS are as relevant today as they had been in the past.
So far, the United Nations Statistics Division has undertaken two global reviews of the implementation of the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics mandated by the United Nations Statistical Commission. Below is the UN FPOS Implementation Guidelines Manual.
Poverty Estimates 2013
With support from the World Bank, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has estimated poverty and inequality for Seychelles in 2013 using data from the Household Budget Survey (HBS) conducted between January 2013 and December 2013. The poverty line for 2013 was estimated at SCR 3,945 per adult equivalent per month. Using the poverty line estimated, the proportion of the population below the poverty line was estimated at 39.3% and the food poverty line was at SCR 3,193 translating to a head count food poverty of 24.3%.
The Gini Index which measures the disparity in income distribution was estimated at 45.9%.