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The UN Expert Group on the Compilers Guide for the Manual of Statistics of International Trade in Services (CG MSITS 2010)
The Task Force, at its meeting in March 2011, asked the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) to take the lead in developing a compilation guide for MSITS 2010. UNSD took the initiative to establish an expert group on the compilation of SITS (EG-CSITS) in cooperation with the Task Force.
The expert group consists of all Task Force members and national experts from developed and developing countries. The guide is expected to be finalised in 2013.
This page provides further information about the Expert Group on Compilation of Statistics of International Trade in Services – please do visit it regularly.
Compilers Guide for MSITS 2010 (CG MSITS 2010)
The work of finalizing the draft Compilers Guide for MSITS 2010 was completed in December 2014. The unedited white cover version is currently available electronically and will be officially edited in early 2015.
MSITS 2010 was a milestone in the development of the international trade in services statistics including quite a few changes in the coverage as well as including new areas of statistical work. UN Statistical Commission approved an implementation plan for MSITS 2010 based on the TFSITS report and requested support in the implementation. As a response to UNSC and TFSITS a UN Expert Group was established by UNSD to support the drafting of a compilers guide to support the implementation work in countries. The main aim of the CG MSITS 2010 to provide practical advice, good country examples and pitfalls (to be avoided) in the implementation.The Guide is first of all intended for use by statisticians of national statistical offices, central banks and ministries of trade and investment, or other agencies engaged in the compilation of trade in services statistics. We commend it to countries for their progressive implementation, taking into account their national information needs, priorities and resources. The Guide will not only be available as a printed publication, but as a living document in electronic format on the TF-SITS website. On the website, further country examples and practices can be regularly added or updated, especially as new compilation techniques become available over time.
History of the drafting project
World-wide Consultation on the annotated outline of the CG MSITS 2010
The national statistical offices, central banks, line ministries who are involved in compiling statistics of international trade in services were requested to comment the scope, structure and content of the detailed annotated outline of the Compilers Guide by completing the questionnaire in July 2012. Please see the annotated outline and the questionnaire sent to countries in various languages and the summary report.