International Workshop on the Integrated Use of International Trade Statistics and Economic Statistics

Organized jointly by NBS, UNSD, UNCTAD in cooperation with WTO

  • 23 – 25 November 2021

This Workshop is organized jointly by the NBS of China, UNSD, and UNCTAD in cooperation with WTO, at the request of NBS, to help tackle some issues regarding the production and use of integrated international trade statistics, including digital trade and e-commerce, trade by enterprise characteristics, statistics of international trade in services by mode of Supply, foreign affiliates trade statistics (FATS), and other related economic statistics. The main goal of the Workshop is to assist the participants to gain better understanding of the concepts and definitions set out within the “International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Concepts and Definitions 2010” (IMTS 2010) and “Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services 2010” (MSITS 2010), especially on topics such as digital trade, e-commerce, Trade in Services and Business and Trade Statistics linking.

In addition, the workshop will look at the UNCTAD “Manual for the Production of Statistics on the Digital Economy 2020”. Produced under the auspices of the UNCTAD Working Group on Measuring E-commerce and the Digital Economy (WG-ECDE), the Manual is intended to guide statisticians from developing countries through all the steps involved in the production and dissemination of statistics related to e-commerce and the digital economy. It sets out core indicators on the use of ICT by businesses, the ICT sector, and trade in ICT goods, ICT services and digitally delivered services. This includes indicators on businesses receiving and placing orders digitally (e-commerce). In addition, the workshop will look at the availability of data on the value of e-commerce, as well as consider good practices and steps that can be taken to make such data more widely available.

All participants (international and in China) will participate virtually in a form of a Webinar on the Zoom platform. Simultaneous two-way translation of Chinese to English and English to Chinese will be provided. 

For participation, please send details including names, functional titles and email addresses to UNSD, Trade Statistics Section (E-mail:

Day 1: 23 November 2021

09:00- 9:30 (Beijing)
1. Opening session and objectives of the meeting
  • 09:00 -09:20: Opening ceremonies - China NBS, and UNSD
    • Opening Statement by Mr. Lin Tao, Deputy Commissioner, National Bureau of Statistics of China (NBS)
    • Opening Statement by Mr. Stefan Schweinfest, Director, UN Statistics Division/DESA
9:30 - 12:00 (Beijing)
2. Trade in services compilation practices #1
  • 09:30-11:35: Trade in services statistics of China
    • Mr Li Jun, Director of the Institute of international trade in services, Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation (CAITEC)
  • 11:35-12:00: Follow-up Q & A
14:30 - 17:30 (Beijing)
3. Trade in services compilation practices # 2
  • 14:30-14:35: Opening remarks – Host (UNCTAD)
  • 14:35-14:45: Overview of trade in services statistics – Andrea Carboni (Banca d’Italia)
  • 14:45-15:10: Travel services data sources and compilation challenges during the pandemic lockdown – Andrea Carboni (Banca d’Italia)
  • 15:10-15:45: Telecommunications, information, and computer services, in the UK – Natalie Jefferies (ONS, UK)
  • 15:10-15:45: Follow-up Q & A
  • 16:00-16:30: Data Compilation on FATS – BPS, Statistics Indonesia
  • 16:30-17:00: Eurostat activities in the area of MoS, STEC and BEC – Iliyana Savova and Georgios Papadopoulos (Eurostat)
  • 17:00-17:15: Technical assistance and capacity building in trade in services statistics – Onno Hoffmeister (UNCTAD)
  • 17:15-17:25: Follow-up Q&A
  • 17:25-17:30: Closing remarks – Mr Liu Xiaodong, Deputy Director-General of Department of Trade and External Economic Relations Statistics, NBS

Day 2: 24 November 2021

09:00 - 12:00 (Beijing)
4. Digital trade and e-commerce #1
  • 09:00-09:05: Welcome remarks - Mr Liu Xiaodong, Deputy Director-General of Department of Trade and External Economic Relations Statistics, NBS
  • 09:05-10:15: Status, challenges and trend of China's digital trade development - Ms Wang Xiaohong,Vice head of Department of Information, China Center for International Economic Exchanges(CCIEE)
  • 10.30-11:40: Measuring Digital Trade - Mr Jia Huaiqin, Professor, University of International Business and Economics
  • 11:40-12:00: Follow-up Q&A
14:30- 17:30 (Beijing)
5. Digital trade and e-commerce #2
  • 14:30-14:35: Welcome – Torbjörn Fredriksson (UNCTAD)
  • 14:35-14:45: Scene-setting: digitalisation and trade – Onno Hoffmeister (UNCTAD)
  • 14.45-15:10: OECD-WTO-IMF Handbook on Measuring Digital Trade – Antonella Liberatore (OECD)
  • 15:10-15:35: Measuring e-commerce and the Digital Economy - Daniel Ker (UNCTAD)
  • 15:35-15:45: Follow-up Q & A
  • 16:00-17:10: Country experiences related to measuring e-commerce and digital trade
    • China – Ms Li Qian, Deputy Director of Department of Integrated Statistics,General Administration of Customs
    • Thailand – Ms. Jiraporn Tangpoolcharoen, Senior Manager, Electronic Transactions Development Agency
    • Republic of Korea – Mr Seongkyoo Kim, Deputy Director, Short-Term Service Statistics Division, Statistics Korea (KOSTAT)
  • 17:10-17:20: UN E-commerce assistance programmes – Daniel Ker (UNCTAD)
  • 17:20-17:30: Closing remarks – Daniel Ker (UNCTAD)

Day 3: 25 November 2021

08:30 - 12:00 (Beijing)
6. Linking trade and business # 1
  • 08:30-08:35: Opening remarks –– Markie Muryawan, Chief, Trade Statistics Section, UNSD
  • 08:35-09:20: Statistical infrastructure: Business and Trade registers – Gerardo Durand (INEGI, Mexico)
  • 09:20-09:50: China SBR – Mr Zhou Yuezhang, Deputy Director of Census Center NBS, China
  • 09:50-10:20: Trade by Enterprise Characteristics (TEC) – Cintya Marín (Central Bank of Costa Rica)
  • 10:20-10:30: Follow-up Q & A
  • 10:45-11:05: Committee of Experts on Business and Trade Statistics and the Manual on Principal – Nancy Snyder, UNSD
  • 11:05-11:25: Revision of classifications – Zhiyuan Qian, UNSD
  • 11:25-11:45: Revision of trade manuals – Markie Muryawan UNSD
  • 11:45-12:00: Follow-up Q & A
14:00 - 16:30 (Beijing)
7. Linking trade and business # 2
  • 14:00-14:05: Opening remarks – Mr Liu Xiaodong, Deputy Director-General of Department of Trade and External Economic Relations Statistics, NBS
  • 14:05-15:30: Integrate trade statistics and business statistics to expand trade analysis – Ms Li Jingping, Professor of Renmin University of China
  • 15.45-16:30: TEC data production preparation for STEC data production – Ms Maria Serena Causo & Ms Mirella Morrone and Ms Adele Vendetti (Istat, Italy)
16:30 - 17:00 (Beijing)
8. Closing Session
  • 16:30: Closing ceremonies
    • Closing Statement by Mr. Dong Lihua, Director-General of Department of Trade and External Economic Relations Statistics
    • Closing Statement by Ms. Anu Peltola, Officer-in-Charge, Development Statistics and Information Branch, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)