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UNSD / ECLAC Workshop for Developing Countries on the Revision of the Recommendations for International Merchandise Trade Statistics (IMTS)
31 March - 3 April, Bogotá, Colombia
At its thirty-ninth session (26 - 29 February 2008) the Statistical Commission endorsed the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) initiative and strategy 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 UNSD revision strategy is a worldwide consultation process with national trade statistics compilers.
In this context UNSD, in cooperation with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN/ECLAC) and the Departamento Administrativo Nacional de Estadística (DANE) of Colombia organized a workshop for Developing Countries on the Revision of the Recommendations for International Merchandise Trade Statistics (IMTS) from 31 March to 3 April 2009 in Bogotá, Colombia.This workshop was part of a special effort of UNSD and UN/ECLAC to inform and receive feedback from developing countries on the IMTS revision process. The workshop reviewed and discussed the current recommendations on international merchandise trade statistics contained in International Merchandise Trade Statistics, Revision 2 (IMTS, Rev.2), their application in countries and in particular proposals by UNSD to update and amend these recommendations. Particular important issues were identified by the expert group on IMTS in December 2007 and discussed during 2008 (see http://unstats.un.org/unsd/trade/EG-IMTS/EG-IMTS%20web%20announcement.htm). The workshop was conducted in English and Spanish with interpretation. Please find below the workshop materials.
For further information contact:
Mr. Matthias Reister