Dear IAOS Members,
On 11 October 2021, the ISI and IAOS have sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Fiji calling on him to act urgently to provide vindication of its actions to rebuild trust in Fiji statistics. This follows from the decision of the Fiji government to arbitrarily terminate the employment of the Government Statistician of Fiji, Mr Kemueli Naiqama, on 15 September 2021. The ISI and IAOS are concerned that the government's action is a breach of the UN Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics and would in many countries be seen as unconstitutional. It is the Government Statistician who guarantees to those outside the country that their trust in official statistics is well founded.
The letter sent to the Prime Minister of Fiji can be viewed here.
The following ISI/IAOS representatives can be contacted for more information: