The Government of Kuwait has paid a special attention to planning; it is considered as an important tool for accomplishment of overall social and economic development. In the early sixties, after Kuwait became an independent state, a planning board was established to formulate socio-economic policies, prepare development plans and supervise their execution and follow-up.
The Statistical Office was one of the first institutions which were created to coincide with the emergence of the State of Kuwait on the eve of Independence in the early 1960s. Law No.27 was issued on 5th December 1963specifying: "There shall be established an Office for Statistics and Census called The Central Statistical Bureau to be annexed to the Planning Council. This Office is to be the sole official statistical reference in the State of Kuwait". Subsequently, Ministerial Resolutions were issued to organize the work of the C.S.B.
On the 6th of September 1976 an Amiri decree was issued establishing the Ministry of Planning to replace the Planning Board which was an indication that the government had chosen planning as a strategy. On the 7th of January 1979 an Amiri decree defining the tasks of the Ministry of planning was issued. The first article stated that the Ministry assumes responsibility in directing economic development policies in the country, based on scientific plans aiming at achieving progress and prosperity, taking into consideration the available resources and the traditional values of Kuwait society.
The increasing role of the State in the planning process has been reflected in reorganizing and restructuring of the Ministry of Planning, the Ministry has been restructured several times; the latest was stated in the Ministerial Resolution No.63, which was issued in 1997, and the Ministerial Resolution No.5 which was issued in 2004 relating to streamlining the Ministry. According to this decree the Ministry has been divided into. five specialized sectors carrying out the different tasks designated to Ministry. These sectors are:
1-Statistics and Census Sector.
2-Planning and Future Studies Sector.
3-Development Project Sector.
4-Administration and Financial Affairs Sector.
5-Information Technology Sector.
In addition to The Secretariat General of the Higher Council for Planning and Development.
On October 7th 2007, the Amiri decree No. 308 was issued naming the Minister responsible for the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development to supervise the Central Statistical Bureau.
On June 9th 2008, the Amiri decree No. 134 was issued naming the state Minister for Housing and Development Affairs to supervise the Central Statistical Bureau.
The Organizational Structure of Central Statistical Bureau has been adopted on 5/5/2010 and accordingly issued the following resolutions were issued:
- Ministerial Resolution No.55 of 2010 Concerning the Organizational Structure of the Central Statistical Bureau .
- Ministerial Resolution No. 56 for the year 2010,on the matter of the General tasks of the Central Statistical Bureau and the detailed tasks of the Technical Office .
- Ministerial Resolution No. 57 for the year 2010, on the matter of the detailed tasks of the Administrative Support and Information Sector.
- Ministerial Resolution No.58 of 2010 on the detailed Terms of Reference for the Statistical Affairs Sector .
The Central Statistical Bureau issues about (27) annual publication in addition to monthly and periodic
reports and other analytical reports .