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Global Forum on International Trade Statistics and Economic Globalization

Thursday 28 February 2013, 8:45 - 9:45 am
Conference Rm. A, Temporary North Lawn Building
United Nations, New York

The Global Forum on Trade Statistics was held from 2 to 4 February 2011 to explicitly confront the question whether the right numbers are being obtained for the measurement of international trade. Current statistics seem insufficient for answering the relevant policy questions on international trade. More and better statistics are necessary for trade in services. Linking of trade to other economic and social statistics is also necessary in order to better understand the position of trade within the global production processes. More information is needed about trading companies and the way they organize their governance from a legal, financial, economic and geographical point of view.

UNSD has developed a website to share the latest information on the measurement and analysis of global trade. This is a meeting place for statisticians, researchers, economists, trade negotiators, trade analysts and everyone else with an interest in trade-related information. The new website (called Global Forum on International Trade Statistics and Economic Globalization) will go live on Thursday, 28 February 2013 at

This website is part of the United Nations Statistics Divisionís ongoing efforts to respond to demands for more comprehensive information on international trade and its relation to global value chains, employment and the interdependence of economies. It offers information on various topics and in different ways. Besides explanations on the issues involved in this field, it shows the latest events and projects, the ongoing international and regional processes, the national, regional and international institutes which work in this field and it provides access to a large number of recent publications. Its resources include documents, video and photos.

For example, the Global Forum website links to the fifth edition of the Internationalisation Monitor which was released by Statistics Netherlands on 5 December 2012, and describes recent developments in international trade in goods and services, FDI, multinational enterprises, and traffic and transport. In addition, four analytical chapters provide an in-depth analysis of enterprise dynamics and the role of (increasing) internationalization in this regard. This publication also addresses related policy questions, such as the effects of globalization on economic growth, innovation, employment and sustainability, and the impact of international trade on job creation, taking into account the trading partner country or the kinds of products traded.

The new Global Forum website will be presented by the staff from the UN Statistics Division. Participants will be invited to provide feedback and substantive inputs for further improvement.

Organizer: United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)
UN Website Launch Event, 8:45 am - 9:45 am, 28 Feb., 2013

Ronald Jansen, Chief, Trade Statistics, UNSD