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Trade statisticians around the world are working tirelessly in getting the numbers right, but are we measuring the right numbers? This is the overarching theme of this Global Forum “Measuring Global Trade – Do we have the right numbers?” organized jointly by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat), and in collaboration with the World Trade Organization (WTO). The forum will take place on 2-4 February 2011 in Geneva at the WTO.
In February this year, revised international recommendations for measuring the trade in goods and services were adopted by the United Nations Statistical Commission. They are being published in International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Concepts and Definitions 2010 and Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services 2010. The new recommendations take a firm step towards further integration of trade in goods and services, and linking trade and enterprise statistics.
While countries are starting to adjust their systems, it is timely to give direction and emphasis on these adjustments, which will require changes in institutional arrangements and may take some time to accomplish. This forum is meant to underline the need of policy makers for trade statistics that are policy relevant and insightful as against the challenges of the statisticians to make it happen. This Global Forum is expected to reach conclusions on the way forward in producing high quality trade statistics which are relevant for analyzing issues of globalization and trade policy.
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