The on-line course will be conducted from 15 March to 23 April 2021 with follow-up webinars organized during the week of 26 to 30 April 2021. The course will be delivered in English and French. Nominated officials can self-register on (select International Merchandise Trade Statistics for English version, and Statistiques du Commerce international des Marchandises for French) with respectively access codes 2021IMTS and 2021SCIM. The registration deadline is 1 March 2021.
This TrainForTrade e-learning course on IMTS was developed and produced jointly by UNSD, UNCTAD and WTO in close collaboration with the Inter-Agency Task Force on International Trade Statistics in 2018. This annual course focuses on the following topics: conceptual framework, institutional arrangement, production and compilation, metadata and quality, dissemination and analysis, and new areas of work.
The objective of the course is to strengthen the capacity of trade statisticians to apply the most recent internationally agreed recommendations (IMTS 2010), to define the best possible data sources, to set up or improve collection systems, and to strengthen statistical production processes. Furthermore, the course would raise awareness of the importance of quality, metadata, timely dissemination, and linkages to economic analysis and national policy objectives.