Trade Statistics
(2015-Present)

In collaboration with UNCTAD/STAT started working on the trade statistics with the two topics addressing :
Statistics on International Trade in Services & International Merchandise Trade Statistics.

Overview

Since 2015, the TrainForTrade programme in collaboration with UNCTAD/STAT (SDG Pulse) started working on the subject of trade statistics with the two topics addressing :

  • Statistics on International Trade in Services;
  • International Merchandise Trade Statistics.

Statistics on International Trade in Services (SITS)

A training package that directly addresses the aims of Goal 17 of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development has been developed jointly by UNCTAD, the World Trade Organization and the UN Statistics Division and has benefited from the close collaboration of the Inter-Agency Task Force on ‘Statistics of International Trade.

The main objectives of the course are 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).

  1. Compilers and producers of data
    (Statistics on International trade in services, Balance of Payments (BoP), Business statistics, etc): BoP Statisticians (from Central Banks or National Statistical Institutes); Statistical Officers in Trade and Services; National Accountants; Business statisticians

 

  1. Data users
    Ministries (Tourism, Trade, Economy, Finance); Other industry players (economists, lawyers, etc.)

At the end of this modules, participants are able to:

Module 1

Importance of Statistics on International Trade in Services & main concepts
  • Recognize the scope of international trade statistics in general and trade in services specifically
  • Distinguish between goods and services, develop awareness of main services items within EBOPS, understand concepts of modes of supply
  • Describe various uses of Statistics on International Trade in Services
  • Get familiar with MSITS 2010

Module 2

Setting up pre-requisites for data collection and compilation
  • Evaluate data needs
  • Compare existing statistics with the needs recognized
  • Develop a sustainable system for SITS compilation and dissemination
  • Organise responsibilities at a national level

Module 3

Data sources and collection
  • Identify and analyse the use of data sources
  • Recognize limits in existing data sources
  • Explore and evaluate other potential sources
  • Acquire knowledge of data collection tools
  • Extend existing data collection to improve quality and detail

Module 4

Data Compilation (BOP STIS)
  • Recognize EBOPS concepts/definitions
  • Define services items based on data collected
  • Classify transactions by item, partner and mode of supply
  • Compile services items that require specific approaches

Module 5

Data Compilation (FATS)
  • Discriminate FATS and FDI concepts
  • Define FATS variables
  • Relate FATS to statistics on the international supply of services
  • Classify variables by product, activity and country
  • Compile specific variables

Module 6

Dissemination and Analysis
  • Publish trade data timely
  • Analyse Statistics on the international supply of services
  • Relate data to modes of supply
  • Disseminate relevant metadata
  • Implement an effective and user-friendly dissemination platform
  • Advocate the development and promote the use of Statistics on the international supply of services

 

The distance learning course on Statistics on International Trade in Services, was successfully organized by the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), the Secretaría de Integración Económica Centroamericana (SIECA) and UNCTAD. It was delivered from 1st March to 10th April 2016, in response to a number of demands for technical assistance in the compilation of trade-in-services statistics.

 

 

Delivery for LDCs in preparation for the WTO face-to-face Course on Statistics on International Trade in Services in October 2016. The online course was very useful to the participants in achieving a common ground and same level of understanding on the subject. The WTO face-to-face workshop gives the opportunity for participants to delve into the details of Trade in Services Statistics and identify gaps in the national statistics in order to be compliant with the international standard on this topic. WTO has renewed its interest to deliver the course in 2017 in collaboration with TrainForTrade and UNCTAD/Stat.

From September to October 2017, more than 80 participants from 40 countries have started the on-line course on Statistics on International Trade in Services.

 

SITS 2017 Map

The distance learning course on Trade in Services Statistics was successfully organized by the UNCTAD/TrainForTrade, UNCTAD/STAT, UN Statistics Division in New York and the World Trade Organization. It was delivered from 21st October to 29th November 2019, in response to demands for technical assistance in the compilation of trade-in-services statistics. The face-to-face follow-up was organized from 2nd to 6th December 2019 in WTO, in Geneva, Switzerland.

The course addresses the aims of Goal 17 of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

Registration and participation to the online course was free of charge. The total of 703 representatives (444 women – 63%) from 126 countries registered to the course (see Figure below). Among these, 587 participants started the course and 526 successfully completed it and received an electronic certificate. Overall satisfaction rate for the final opinion questionnaire for the online course was 77%.

SITS 2019 - 703Full report of the 2019 delivery: Report SITS blended learning 2019

In the framework of the UNCTAD-UEMOA (West African Economic and Monetary Union) project to put in place statistics on international trade services, an online workshop has been organized by UNCTAD/Stat in collaboration with UNCTAD/TrainForTrade from 20 June to 30 July 2019.

79 Statisticians (20% women) registered to the eLearning course. 55 (20% women) received their certificate after 6 weeks of online sessions. The workload of this programme is around 4 hours a week. During the eLearning, participants exchanges on forums and contributed to the harmonization of the SITS data at regional level.

 

Map SCIS 2019

 

UNCTAD/TrainForTrade, UNCTAD/STAT, UN Statistics Division in New York and the World Trade Organization. It will be delivered from 21st September to 30th October 2020, in response to demands for technical assistance in the compilation of trade-in-services statistics. This course will be available in English and French.

The course addresses the aims of Goal 17 of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

Registration and participation to the online course is free of charge. Statisticiens can self-register on https://tft-reg.unctad.org/en/ (select Trade in Services Statistics – 2020) with the access code 2020SITS. Or in French https://tft-reg.unctad.org/fr/ (Select “Statistiques du Commerce international des Services – 2020”) with the access code 2020SCIS. Please note that the registration deadline is 7 September 2020.

Primary Target : Compilers and producers of data (Statistics on International trade in services,
Balance of Payments, Business statistics, etc):

  • BoP Statisticians (from Central Banks or National Statistical Institutes),
  • Statistical Officers in Trade and Services
  • National Accountants
  • Business statisticians

Secondary Target : Data users:

  •  Ministries (Tourism, Trade, Economy, Finance)
  • Other industry players (economists, lawyers, etc.)

International Merchandise Trade Statistics (IMTS)

A training package that directly addresses the aims of Goal 17 of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development has been developed jointly by UNCTAD, the World Trade Organization and the UN Statistics Division and has benefited from the close collaboration of the Inter-Agency Task Force on ‘Statistics of International Trade.

Delivery 2020

The objective of this e-learning course on IMTS is to provide more easily accessible and rather complete training material for those involved in the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of IMTS.

The main goals are to enhance statisticians ability to apply the most recent internationally agreed recommendations on IMTS, define best possible data sources, set up adequate collection systems, and enhance statistics compilation processes. Furthermore, the course would communicate the importance of quality, metadata, timely dissemination, and links to economic analysis and national policy objectives. The training would guide trainees on how to better use the internationally available guidance, especially the IMTS Concepts and Definitions 2010 and the related Compilers Manual.

Primary target

Trade data compilers from (depends on countries):

  • National Statistical Office (NSO) [i.e., Zambia, Malaysia]
  • Central Bank [i.e., Paraguay, El Salvador]
  • Ministry of Trade [i.e., Thailand, India]
  • Customs Administration [i.e., China, Korea]

It represents a limited number of people by countries

 

Secondary Target

  • Trade negotiators
  • Trade statisticians
  • Trade analysts / Economist (reporting indicators)

From

  • Ministries of Foreign affairs, Agriculture, Transport, Energy, etc.
  • Chamber of Commerce, Industry
  • NGOs
  • Academics

At the end of this modules, participants are able to:

Module 1

Conceptual framework
  • Explain principles, scope and guidelines  (general & specific) of IMTS,
  • Describe relationships between IMTS and other economic statistics frameworks (BPM6, 2008 SNA, MSITS 2010)

Module 2

Institutional arrangements
  • Identify all existing institutional arrangements
  • Assess potential improvement of Inst. Arrangements
  • Evaluate missing synergies among stakeholders
  • Apply standards collaboration frameworks

Module 3

Production & compilation
  • Organised data collection in various ways (surveys, automated recording, )
  • Harmonised and codify according to national needs, international standards
  • Perform data checking, processing and validation

Module 4

Metadata & quality
  • Identify and apply data quality criteria (timeliness, )
  • Specify different types of metadata
  • Document statistical processes
  • Establish best practices

Module 5

Dissemination & analyses
  • Define target audience and relevant needs
  • Specify media, dissemination channels
  • Generate relevant trade information

Module 6

New areas of work
  • Generate new trade related information
  • Create new linkages between trade and other economic areas

 

The distance learning course on “International Merchandise Trade Statistics” for Association of Caribbean States member states and other countries, was successfully organized by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and Association of Caribbean States (ACS). It was delivered from 5th March to 13th April 2018, in response to several demands for technical assistance in the collection, compilation, quality assurance and dissemination of international merchandise trade statistics, and financed by United Development Account Tranche 10.

 

 

Registration and participation of the course was free of charge. 139 representatives (95 women) from 28 countries registered in the course.

 

Quotes from participants of the Distance learning course on IMTS 2018

 

This experience is unique, it allows me to know the operation of other countries in order to suggest improvements in our operations, it also allows me to share with professionals from other cultures and be able to help them so that their countries adopt better practices taking advantage of the facilities provided by technological progress. I hope someday to have the opportunity with UNTAD and to be invited to a face-to-face (prescencial) course that would be even more useful.

 

“This Course was very timely, and the knowledge and participation of participants was tremendous. Looking forward in participating in more course to further build my capacity and hence contribute to further build my capacity and hence contribute to the further development of my country.”

 

“The course was very interesting and useful to my job. It also helped me to better understand my job and the different ways in which other countries deal with their trade data”.  

 

The Regional Validation Workshop was successfully organized by UNCTAD and UNSD in cooperation with the ACS General Secretariat from 15 to 18 May 2018 in ACS’s HQ for 24 participants  (21 women) statistics compilers and users from Caribbean countries with the participation of representatives from UNCTAD, UNSD, ACS, CARICOM, Statistics Canada.

The workshop was organized as a follow-up activity to TrainForTrade’s distance-learning course on International Merchandise Trade Statistics, delivered for more than 130 participants from 28 countries, to contribute to enhance the knowledge and the capacity IMTS professionals, mainly from the English-speaking countries from the Caribbean region and Asia. Co-financed by United Nations Development Account Tranche 10, UNSD and ACS.

 

 

The main goals of the workshop were to enhance statisticians’ ability to apply the most recent internationally agreed recommendations on IMTS, define best possible data sources, set up adequate (or enforce existing) collection systems, and enhance statistics compilation processes. Moreover, the course communicated the importance of quality, metadata, timely dissemination, and links to economic analysis and national policy objectives.

The workshop guided trainees on how to better use the internationally available guidance, especially the IMTS Concepts and Definitions 2010 and the related Compilers Manual.

 

Specific Objectives

  1. To revise and assess the training material produced for the IMTS course
  2. To identify eventual learning gaps to adapt the training material
  3. To enhance the knowledge and the capacity of trainees through group exercises
  4. To present country activities in the area of trade statistics To report the conclusions and recommendations

 

 

Quotes from participants of the Regional Validation Workshop on IMTS 2018

 

“Keep steadfast with these training initiatives that are geared towards Member States to further increase their capacity and dynamic in this regard”.

 

“The knowledge gained during the online course and the workshop would enable the preparation of better quality data and support to countries.”

 

“The group assignment was interesting as participants shared their experiences with the trade e-learning program, its benefits and how it can be improved.”

 

 “I have recommended the training to other persons and, will continue to do so. The course is comprehensive, the manuals are a good read.  The program is user-friendly.   The topics have good coverage and current information about IMTS”.

 

 “It was good to have both compilers and users participating in the training”.

 

 “The country cases served as excellent examples of the efficiency of data compilation and dissemination and the various challenges to met. Participants seemed quite versed in their respective fields and imparted their knowledge well allowing for greater understanding of IMTS usage regionally.”

ELEARNING COURSE ON INTERNATIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE STATISTICS 2019

The distance learning course on “International Merchandise Trade Statistics” was successfully organized by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD/TrainForTrade & UNCTAD/Stat), the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the World Trade Organization. It was delivered from 25 March – 3 May 2019, in response to several demands for technical assistance in the collection, compilation, quality assurance and dissemination of international merchandise trade statistics.

Registration and participation of the course was free of charge. 783 representatives (53% women) from 112 different countries registered in the course. Out of the initially 783 registered participants, 377 completed the course. The average grade for all modules was 78/100. An electronic certificate was awarded to all participants with average grades equal or higher than 50/100. 377 participants received their electronic certificate.

The course was met with enthusiasm from the participants. Overall, 86% of participants were satisfied or very satisfied with this course. The results of the Overall Opinion Questionnaire indicate that 92% of participants felt that the course was well organized and 86% that the training method was effective.

Full report of the 2019 delivery: FINAL REPORT IMTS 2019

eLearning course on International Merchandise Trade Statistics 2020

The distance learning course on “International Merchandise Trade Statistics” was successfully organized by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD/TrainForTrade & UNCTAD/Stat), the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). It was delivered from 16 March – 24 April 2020, in response to several demands for technical assistance in the collection, compilation, quality assurance and dissemination of international merchandise trade statistics.

The participants had the opportunity to learn with the various multimedia tools available in the TrainForTrade eLearning platform and interact in the online forums with peers and experts from the UN agencies. A total of 948 participants (504 women – 53%) from 138 countries registered to the course. Among these, 641 participants started the course and 551 successfully completed it and received an electronic certificate. The overall satisfaction rate for the final opinion questionnaire for the course was 89%.

IMTS 2020 - 948United Nations Trade Statistics

Final report on IMTS distance learning 2020

Cours en ligne sur les statistiques du commerce international des marchandises 2020

The distance learning course on International Merchandise Trade Statistics (IMTS) was successfully delivered in French (Cours en ligne sur les statistiques du commerce international des marchandises (SCIM) from 1st June to 10 July 2020, in response to demands for technical assistance in the compilation of IMTS. It was organized by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD). The delivery of this course was financed by the 10th tranche of the United Nations Development Account Programme on Statistics and Data.

Registration and participation in the online course were free of charge. A total of 299 participants (97 women) from 44 countries (80% from Africa) registered to the course. 255 participants completed at least one module of the course. A total of 240 participants (75 women) successfully completed the course (with a total average for the six modules above 50%) and received an electronic certificate. The overall satisfaction rate for the final opinion questionnaire of the course was more than 80%.

SCIM 2020The full report of the 2020 delivery in French with English summary: Report SCIM 2020 (IMTS French)-Final

First delivery video

International Merchandise Trade Statistics