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Workshop on compilation of statistics of

international trade in services

6 - 9 February 2007, Cairo, Egypt



Day 1: Morning:

Opening session – ESCWA

  • opening remarks
  • role of workshop in ESCWA programs
  • background and objectives
  • introduction of workshop participants

I. Characteristics of the services sector– overview - consultant

  • importance of services and trade in services in the economy
  • key distinctions: trade in services vs. trade in goods
  • production characteristics - modes of supply





II. Classifications, statistical concepts and methods associated with international trade in services- consultant/ IMF-METAC/ UNSD




Country presentations



Day 2
Morning session:



III. Data collection strategies -

  • overview of data sources and survey methodology in ESCWA region (mode 1 & 2) – ESCWA
  • enterprise surveys consultant
  • international transactions reporting systems (ITRS)- consultant
  • administrative data- consultant
  • migration statistics- consultant
  • population/household surveys consultant
  • data sources used for balance of payments statistics consultant




Day 3
Morning session:

IV. ESCWA questionnaires - consultant  


1. Cross-border transactions (mode 1)

  • products (eBOPs)
  • major trading partners
  • currency
  • special cases
    • transportation
    • travel and tourism
    • government services
    • insurance
    • internet transactions

2. Traveller survey (mode 2)

  • concepts and definitions
  • data sources
  • data characteristics
  • special cases:
    • education
    • health care


V. Discussion and exercises- consultant

  • detailed review of questionnaires
  • how to compile questionnaires
  • special needs of ESCWA countries
  • good practices




Day 4
Morning session:
VI. Data integration- consultant
  • micro-data analysis
  • BOP asymmetries - counterpart data

VII. International standards


VIII. Prospects for trade in services statistics – consultant, UNSD,IMF & ESCWA


IX. Questions and answers


X. Conclusions and recommendations - ESCWA