The distance-learning course on Trade in Service Statistics organized by Association of Caribbean States (ACS), the Secreataría de Integración Económica Centroamericana (SIECA) and UNCTAD from 1stMarch to 10th April 2016, response to several demands for technical assistance in the compilation of trade-in-services statistics and addresses directly the aims of Goal 17 of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. It has been developed jointly by UNCTAD, the World Trade Organization and the UN Statistics Division and has also benefited from the close collaboration of the Inter-Agency Task Force on ‘Statistics of International Trade.

More than 230 participants from 27 countries will participate in the distance learning that aims to raise awareness of Trade in Services’ Statistics and its concepts, enhance statisticians’ ability to do their work, and to help them better understand the manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services (MSITS 2010).

The Primary Target are Compilers and producers of data (Statistics on International trade in services, Balance of Payments (BoP); Business statistics, etc.- and Secondary Target: Data users: Ministries (Tourism, Trade, Economy, Finance); Other industry players (economists, lawyers, etc.).

The course will be conducted through TrainForTrade’s distance training platform. In this platform participants will have access to manuals, to multimedia presentations, to module exams, opinion surveys and forums created for each module for discussions with the instructor and other participants. At the end of the course, participants that have successfully approved the 6 modules and have participated in the forums will receive UNCTAD’s certificate.