INSEE is a Directorate General of the French Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Industry. It employs 5,275 people at facilities across the country. Within the Ministry, INSEE is taking part in the government reform process, in order to adjust to the rapid, far-reaching changes in the economic environment and French society.
The Head Office defines and carries out statistical and economic projects. It coordinates the official statistical system and manages the Institute's human, financial, and IT resources. It is organized into broad sectors: coordination and international relations; business statistics; demographic and social statistics; economic studies and national accounts; dissemination and regional action.
The Regional Offices take part in all INSEE missions: they act as basic echelons for information collection and as units for conducting studies and disseminating economic and social statistical information at the regional level. Thanks to their locations, they are in a privileged position to gather and process local data, as well as to register and satisfy the needs of local players. Their main interlocutors are the other central-government agencies operating regionally and local authorities.
Note: the French West Indies/French Guiana Inter-Regional Office (Direction Interrégionale Antilles-Guyane: DIRAG) includes, in addition to the main office in Pointe-à-Pitre, three regional services in Guadeloupe, Guiana, and Martinique.