Ninth meeting of the Advisory expert group on national accounts: Developing guidance on national accounts compilation

08-09-2014  – 10-09-2014 Washington, D.C.

The event is organised by the Inter-secretariat Working Group on National Accounts members, namely DESA’s Statistics Division, OECD, Eurostat, IMF and World Bank at the World Bank Head Quarters in Washington D.C.

The purpose of the ninth meeting of the AEG is to consider guidance on issues related to the implementation of the SNA, such as: accounting for pensions; global production arrangements; the valuation of land and other non-financial assets; the recording of flows and stocks of international organizations; the SDMX-initiative related to national accounts, balance of payments and foreign direct investment; the use of indicators on deficit and debt; manuals, handbooks and other guidance; statistical units in supply and use tables and institutional sector accounts; distribution of income, consumption and wealth; and practical national accounts, such as, backcasting and the use of big data for national accounts compilation.

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Regional seminar on international trade statistics: implementation of recommendations

12-05-2014  – 16-05-2014 Addis Ababa

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) from 12 to 16 May 2014 at the AUC Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The objective of the 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.

The seminar will bring together national experts in the compilation of international merchandise trade statistics (IMTS), statistics of international trade in services (SITS), 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. The joint activity is an important component in the overall effort to improve evidence-based policy making in Africa.

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