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.
- To revise and assess the training material produced for the IMTS course
- To identify eventual learning gaps to adapt the training material
- To enhance the knowledge and the capacity of trainees through group exercises
- 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.”