DESA News Vol. 13, No. 04 April 2009

Technical cooperation

Reviewing merchandise trade statistics

Workshop for developing countries from 31 March – 3 April in Bogotá, Colombia, to receive feedback on the International Merchandise Trade Statistics (IMTS) revision process

At its thirty-ninth session (26 - 29 February 2008), the Statistical Commission endorsed the initiative and strategy of DESA’s Statistics Division to revise the existing recommendations for international merchandise trade statistics and requested that the draft revised recommendations be submitted to the Commission for adoption at its forty-first session in 2010. One key element of the revision strategy is a worldwide consultation process with national trade statistics compilers.

Therefore, DESA’s Statistics Division in cooperation with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN/ECLAC) and the Departamento Administrativo Nacional de Estadística (DANE) of Colombia, organizes a workshop for developing countries on the IMTS. This workshop is part of a special effort to inform and receive feedback from developing countries on the IMTS revision process. The focus of the workshop will be on the concepts and definitions for international merchandise trade statistics as contained in International Merchandise Trade Statistics, Revision 2 (IMTS, Rev.2), and their application in countries.

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