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Regional Seminar on International Trade Statistics: Implementation of recommendations

Organized jointly by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)
in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
12 – 16 May 2014


The African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) organize jointly a Regional Seminar on International Trade Statistics in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) from 12 to 16 May 2014 at the AUC Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The objective of this seminar is to strengthen the capacity of the national statistical systems of countries throughout the African continent in statistics of international trade in goods and services. This activity forms a significant part of the broader effort to improve integrated economic statistics through the implementation of the 2008 System of National Accounts.

This seminar will bring together national experts in the compilation of international merchandise trade statistics (IMTS), statistics of international trade in services, and the goods and services accounts of the balance of payments. The agenda is meant to elicit hands-on discussion and focuses on the status and, especially, the challenges encountered in the implementation of the international recommendations in these fields. A specific item on the agenda is the report of the results of the IMTS quality assessment questionnaire, along with selected issues of concern. Other topics are bridging IMTS and BOP, informal cross border trade, linking trade and the business register, FATS, and data dissemination. This joint activity is an important component in the overall effort to improve evidence-based policy making in Africa.


Monday, 12 May 2014

Registration for participants
09:00 - 12:30
Opening Session
01.   Opening remarks: UNSD
02.   Opening remarks: AfDB
03.   Opening remarks: AUC
04.   Adoption of provisional agenda
05.   Purpose and context of the seminar
06.   Roadmap for Integrated Economic Statistics including trade
07.   Overview of the recommendations for international trade statistics: IMTS 2010, MSITS 2010, IRTS 2008 and related economic statistics
14:00 - 17:00
African IMTS Quality Assessment Questionnaire
08.   Analysis of questionnaire following National Quality Assurance Framework
09.   Selected items of concern

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

09:00 - 12:30
Selected items of IMTS compilation
10.   Mode of transport and country of consignment
11.   Customs procedure codes and their harmonization for statistical use
12.   Quantity information
13.   General items of quality (timeliness, accuracy, accessibility, etc.)
14:00 - 17:00
Selected items of bridging IMTS 2010 and BPM6
14.   Bridging between IMTS 2010 and BMP6
15.   Imports FOB and estimation of insurance and freight
16.   Use of customs procedure codes to identify BOP related-transactions

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

09:00 - 12:30
Informal cross border trade and Use of IMTS for BOP purposes
17.   Analysis of questionnaire on African informal cross border trade
18.   National experiences on conducting informal trade survey
19.   Discussion on African methodology on the compilation of informal trade statistics
20.   Summary of methodology guidelines on MSITS 2010

Group discussion IMTS: Status of implementation IMTS 2010, challenging compilation practices, informal cross border trade
14:00 - 17:00
Field trip to Ethiopian Ethiopian Eastern Industrial Zone (Hujuan International Shoe Factory)

Thursday, 15 May 2014

09:00 - 12:30
Data collection for trade in services statistics; compilation practices on selected services categories
21.   Current status on the implementation of MSITS 2010 in Africa – availability and accessibility
22.   EBOPS 2010 and link to other classifications
23.   Construction services – items imported by construction company – FATS versus construction services
24.   Tourism and travel services: items bought by tourists and travelers - IMTS versus MSITS/BOP versus Tourism statistics
25.   Data sources for tourism statistics
14:00 - 17:00
Compilation practices on selected services categories
26.   Manufacturing services – Processing zones (free zones), goods for processing IMTS, change of ownership, linking trade and business registers, enterprise surveys
27.   Data collection practices: ITRS and Enterprise Surveys

Group discussion SITS: Implementation of MSITS 2010: country practices/plans: data sources and compilation of service categories

Friday, 16 May 2014

09:00 - 11:00
Business registers, linking trade and business statistics and FATS
28.   Business registers for international trade
29.   Linking customs data and enterprise statistics
30.   FATS compilation practices (data sources, available guidelines, national practices) and Linkage: trade statistics, FATS and FDI with business registers
11:00 - 12:30
Dissemination of international trade statistics
31.   Presentation of 2014 African Yearbook on Intra-African Trade
32.   Data sharing and reporting among countries, RECs and international organizations
33.   Dissemination of international trade statistics and meta-data
14:00 - 15:30
Roundtable discussion: implementation of IMTS 2010 and MSITS 2010
Conclusion and recommendations of the Regional Seminar