Tuesday, 23rd May 2017

To go for the 2017 PHCB
Key Indicators
GDP per Capita (2015) US$ 2,719
GDP real Growth rate (2015)  6.49%
Population Poverty Rate (2012) 12.0%
General Literacy Rate (2012) 63.0%
Youth Literacy Rate (2012) 86.1%
Secondary School Completion Rate (2012) 74.2%
Household with TV Connection (2012) 55.3%
Population Access to Improved Sanitation (2012) 81.0%
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Current Population
* Gives the estimated popuilation as of today based on the PHCB 2005 population and the population growth rate used for the Population projection report. May not necessarly be the same as the figures in the Population projection report due to the reference period of the two figures.   

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Roles & Responsibilities of Division
Survey and Data Processing Division


Census and Survey Division of the NSB is responsible for conducting case studies and nationwide surveys and publish reports. Besides, the division is also responsible to extend technical support to the sectors and conduct training in the filed of data collection and survey methodology. 

Coordination and Information Divison


1. To Develop clear line of communication and well delineated responsibilities among statistical agencies.
2. Develop and co-ordinate work plans or strategies based on the type, timing, and periodicity of data needs.
3. Co-ordinate with Dzongkhags in relation to surveys and statistical activities
4. Co-ordinate with foreign states and international agencies
5. Compile, analyse, and publish Statistical Yearbook and other regular publications
6. Verify and validate all sectoral level statistical estimates though workshops to ensure soundness of methodology and consistency with statistical procedures, and also uniformity in data thus issued.
7. Conduct workshops and training for statistical personnel from time to time in order to keep abreast of statistical techniques and other developments in the field
8. Compile and distribute Socio-economic indicators
9. Socio-economic impact assessments.

National Accounts and Price Division

1. To bring out the annual National Accounts Statistics;
2. To bring out the monthly national Consumer Price Index (CPI);
3. To bring out quarterly Producer Price Index (PPI).

Short term plan:

1. To prepare quarterly GDP estimates;
2. To migrate to SNA 1993 with 3 to 4 years;
3. To initiate and develop Environmental Accounts for Bhutan;
4. To initiate and develop Supply and Use Tables (SUT) for Bhutan;
5. To develop Business Register for Bhutan;


Population Housing and GIS Divison


1. Database Management of Population and Housing Census Spatial information
2. Building the spatial database for Dzongkhag and Geog level statistically through GIS platform.
3. Integration of Statistical information and the GIS database.
4. Development of Geo-database for socio-economic indicators in reference to National Geo-coordinate system.
5. Maintenance of Socio-economic geo-database for online information dissemination to the user organizations.
6. Customer oriented information extraction from the National Geo-database.
7. Confirming with the national standard with Centre for GIS Coordination (CGISC) in the field of technology advancement, Meta data, Data acquisition and data compatibility.
8. Meeting the training user needs in the field of GIS applications for GIS user communities.
9. Compilation of Statistical information from different user organizations for further dissemination through spatial data.
10. Preparation of Socio-Economic Indicator GIS Atlas.

Secretariat Services


The Secretariate Services looks into the administrative and financial matters of NSB.

Research Divison


1. To conduct socio-economic research and analysis of relevance to Bhutan in policy-making. 
2. To conduct in-depth analysis of BLSS and other national surveys so as to contribute to development of policies, plan and programmes mainly in the social and economic fields. 
3. To collaborate with external funding agencies and various research institutes. 
4. To participate in developing GNH Accounts in collaboration with the various partners. 
5. Publish research reports, journals, monographs, etc. 
6. Develop on annual basis the compendium of GNH indicators. 

Dzongkhag Statistical Officer


1. Collect data and update them at regular intervals in the Dzongkhags and maintain a comprehensive Dzongkhag statistical datatbase.
2. Compile and produce reports and publication of “Dzongkhag Statistical Profile”.
3. In collaboration with the NSB to coordinate and control statistical activities at the Dzongkhag and Gewog levels.
4. Focal point for dissemination of Dzongkhag/Gewog level information.
5. Coordination. Collection and Compilation of primary data collection in Dzongkhags.
6. Prepare statistical work plan and budget for statistical activities in Dzongkhags and Gewogs.
7. Validate, assure sound definitions, concepts and classifications for statistical surveys and data collection.
8. Coordinate with the Dzongkhag Sector Officials in generating information.
9. Provide technical assistance to Dzongkhag Sectors and Gewogs.
10. Ensure timely collection of data at the Dzongkhag level.