4 October 2005
United Nations Expert Group on Distributive Trade Statistics
The Expert Group on Distributive Trade Statistics (EG-DTS) is being organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in order to assist UNSD in the revision of the existing UN Statistical Commission’s recommendations on distributive trade statistics published in International Recommendations on Statistics of the Distributive Trades and Services (Statistical Papers, Series M, No. 57, United Nations, New York, 1975) and in updating the UNSD compilation advice contained in Organization and Conduct of Distributive-Trade Surveys (Statistical Papers, Series F, No. 19, United Nations, New York, 1977).
EG-DTS is expected to:
(a) provide an assessment of those recommendations and advice in view of the new realities in the distributive trade and current country practices in compilation of the relevant statistics,
(b) contribute to drafting of the revised recommendations and suggest new approaches in data compilation including organization and conduct of distributive trade surveys, and
(c) review a draft of the UN publication International Recommendations on Distributive Trade Statistics, which will contain the new recommendations, and to comment on a provisional draft Distributive Trade Statistics: Compilers Manual.
The EG-DTS is expected to conduct two meetings – the first on 22-25 August 2005 and the second in mid 2007 (the exact dates are not set yet).
and Conduct of Surveys
Statement by Paul Cheung, Director of UNSD
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