The distance-learning course on Trade in Service Statistics organized by WTO and UNCTAD from 18th September to 27th October 2017, 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 (Partnership for the Goals). It has been developed jointly by UNCTAD (TrainForTrade and Statistics branch), 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 on International Trade”.
More than 30 participants (10 Women) from 22 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 is constituted of: Data users: Ministries (Tourism, Trade, Economy, Finance); and 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 5 modules and have participated in the forums will receive UNCTAD’s certificate. A face-to-face follow-up will be organized from 6th to 10th November 2017 at the WTO.