Making trade and tourism statistics comparable

An International Seminar on Trade and Tourism Statistic, organised jointly by UN DESA’s Statistics Division, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat, will take place 7-10 October in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The services sector accounts for the largest share of business activity, employment, and economic growth in most economies, yet the role of services trade, particularly in designing policies and negotiating regional agreements, continues to be poorly understood.  A major reason for this disconnect is the absence of abundant, high-quality data on trade in services that is comparable across economies – making it difficult to measure the impact of services trade on the economy and provide useful information for negotiators and policy makers in coming up with market access or policy tools that could facilitate trade in services.

Recent developments in Asia also point to travel and tourism as two of the main drivers of economic growth are seen as tools for development and change in the region. Therefore, the agenda closely covers the data collection and compilation of travel and tourism statistics. The Seminar will take advantage of the draft versions of the compilers guide for the Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services (MSITS) 2010 and the compilation guide for Tourism Statistics, which are both in their final stages of completion. Specific topics, which are discussed at this seminar, are enterprise and establishment surveys; surveys of persons and households; transportation statistics; manufacturing services on inputs owned by others; statistics on Foreign affiliate trade statistics (FATS), Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and multi-national enterprises; and linking trade, FDI and FATS with the business register. This Seminar is hosted by Badan Pusat Statistik (BPS-Statistics Indonesia).

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