Volume 15, No.10 - October 2011

Capacity development

Measuring trade patterns and global value chains in East Asia

Regional Seminar on International Trade Statistics will be held in Beijing, China on 24-26 October

The seminar will be held as a follow-up to the Global Forum on Trade Statistics which took place in Geneva in February. Policy makers and chief statisticians then made explicit demands to improve the relevance of international trade statistics by connecting and integrating them with other economic statistics.

DESA’s Statistics Division in cooperation with the National Bureau of Statistics of China will therefore conduct a regional seminar for countries of Asia, focusing on the implementation of the new recommendations for international trade statistics, which were adopted by the UN Statistical Commission in 2010, while emphasizing the linking of trade and business statistics. Special attention will be devoted to the issue of the measurement of trade in the global production processes.

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Improving capacity to produce economic statistics

Seminar on developing the capacity to produce economic statistics, including national accounts in accordance with the 2008 SNA, in the Asian and Pacific region, will take place in Bangkok on 10-13 October

DESA’s Statistics Division, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), is organizing this seminar on the implementation of the 2008 SNA. Hosted by ESCAP, the purpose is to develop a clear implementation plan for the improvement of the capacity of countries in the Asian and Pacific region to produce economic statistics including the National Accounts in accordance with the 2008 SNA.

The seminar will also discuss ways to ensure that plans for implementing the 2008 SNA and ESCAP’s Regional Programme for the Improvement of Economic Statistics in Asia and the Pacific are consistent and mutually reinforcing, effectively incorporating national implementation plans for the 2008 SNA into the regional implementation plan. The expected outcome is consensus among participants on the implementation plan.

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Statistics focused on gender

The fifth Meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics will be held in New York on 4-6 October

DESA’s Statistics Division is organizing a meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS), aimed at continuing the dialogue on the coordination of gender statistics activities, in light of the conclusions and recommendations made by the 42nd session of the UN Statistical Commission.

It will present the on-going activities of the advisory groups. The resulting recommendations and decisions of the meeting will form the work plan for the IAEG-GS.

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