The Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services, the first edition of which was issued in 2002, has been jointly revised by the participants in the Interagency Task Force on Statistics of International Trade in Services (TFSITS) mandated by the United Nations Statistical Commission. Convened by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), this Task Force includes representatives from the World Trade Organization (WTO), the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Tourism Organization, as well as leading experts from Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States of America.
This revision was carried out between 2006 and 2010. The contents of the new edition of the Manual (MSITS 2010) were aligned to the revisions of well-established revised international statistical standards, in particular the sixth edition of the Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual, the System of National Accounts 2008, and the revised OECD Benchmark Definition of Foreign Direct Investment (4th ed., 2008) as well as the system of tourism statistics. MSITS 2010 also includes a new chapter discussing the measurement of services “modes of supply” to respond, inter alia, to information needs related to the General Agreement on Trade in Services.
The successive drafts of MSITS 2010 were subject to three rounds of worldwide consultations of expert groups, national statistical agencies, national central banks, international organizations, trade negotiators and other users. The manual was approved by the UN Statistical Commission at its 41st session in February 2010.
Currently the manual is available in un-edited whitecover version on the website of the Task Force at: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/tradeserv/TFSITS/MSITS/MSITS2010%20%20for%20the%20SC%202010%20at%202.22.2010.pdf