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Statistics of International Trade in Service: Challenges and Good Practices
Regional Workshop for Latin American and Caribbean Countries

Organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in close collaboration with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and hosted by Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE) and Banco Central do Brasil

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, 1 – 4 December 2009



Tuesday, 1 December

Morning session (Chairperson: Roberto da Cruz Saldanha, IBGE, Brazil)

9.00 -10.00
1. Registration
10.00 - 10.30

2. Opening of the workshop

  • Banco Central do Brasil
  • UNSD
  • Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE)
Coffee Break
10.50- 12.20

3. Statistics of International Trade in Services

  • Overview of the developments in statistics of international trade in services (UNSD)
  • Status of statistics of trade in services in the Latin American and Caribbean countries
  • Overview of the 2005 Panama workshop on trade in services recommendations (ECLAC)
  • Overview of the result of the pre-workshop questionnaire on the status of trade in services statistics in the Latin American and Caribbean countries (ECLAC/UNSD)


Lunch Break

Afternoon session (Chairperson: Ms. Carol Coy, Statistical Institute of Jamaica)

14.00 - 15.30

4. MSITS and its revision

  • MSITS revision process (UNSD)
  • The MSITS Revision and its Impact on the  Balance of Payments Compilation in Brazil (Banco Central do Brasil)
  • General discussion

Coffee break

15.50 – 17.00

5. The revision of the Balance of Payment Manual (BPM6)

  • Overview of the Balance of Payments and International Investment Manual (BPM6) (OECD)
  • General Discussion
Wednesday, 2 December

Morning session (Chairperson: Mr. Fernando Lemos, Banco Central do Brasil )

9.00 – 10.30

6. Services transactions between residents and non-residents; the Extended Balance of Payment Services (EBOPS) classification

  • Definition of services in SNA 2008 (UNSD)
  • Use of sources of International Trade in Services in the System of National Accounts (IBGE, Brazil)
  • Statistics of export of services in Brazil: difficulties, limitations, challenges, good practices and results for the 2003-2007 period (IBGE, Brazil)
  • General discussion
    • Results of questionnaire on breakdown by service categories in the Latin American and Caribbean countries (ECLAC/UNSD)

    • Chapter 3 in MSITS 2010 (OECD)
    • Compilation of Jamaica’s Extended Balance of Payments Services (Bank of Jamaica)
  • General discussion
Coffee Break
10.50 - 12.20
7. CPC ver. 2.0 and EBOPS/cpc correlation
  • General discussion

8. Approaches to data compilation

  • Presentation of results of questionnaire on data sources in LAC countries (ECLAC/UNSD)
    Improvements in business registers (ECLAC)
  • General discussion
  • (a) ITRS
    International Transaction Recording System - Introduction (UNSD)
    Central Bank of Colombia
    Banco Central do Brasil

  • General discussion

Lunch break

Afternoon session (Chairperson: Laudia de Camino, UNECLAC)

14.00 – 15.30

(b) Enterprise surveys

  • Introduction (UNSD)
    Banco Central del Ecuador
  • General discussion

9. Other data sources and estimations

  • IBGE, Brazil
    Central Bank of Chile
    Banco Central de Venezuela
    MDIC, Brazil
  • General discussion

10. Statistics by partner country

  • Introduction (UNSD)
    Instituto Nacional de Estadistica y Censos Argentina
  • Banco Central do Brasil
Coffee Break
15.50 - 17.00

11. Foreign affiliates statistics (FATS) 

  • WTO
    Central Bank van Aruba
  • General discussion
Thursday, 3 December
Morning session (Chairperson: Antonio Godoy, BANCO CENTRAL DEL PARAGUAY)
9.00 - 10.30

12. Trade in services statistics by mode of supply 

  • WTO
    Contraloria General, Instituto Nacional de Estadistica y Censo, Panama
    Costa Rica Central Bank
  • General discussion

Coffee break

10.50 - 12.20

13. Metadata and quality of the trade in services data

  • UNSD
    Statistical Office, St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • General discussion

14. Submission of trade in service statistics to international organization

  • UNSD
  • General discussion

Lunch break

Afternoon session
14.00 - 15.45
15. Group discussion: cooperation of the NSO and the central bank in data collection, data compilation and dissemination practices, data quality checking procedures and metadata, problems and solutions

Coffee break

16.00 - 17.00
16. Presentation of the group discussion
Friday, 4 December
Morning session
9.00 - 12.30 17. Roundtable discussion: Towards improved SITS in the Latin American and Caribbean countries (Chaired by UNSD)

Lunch break

Afternoon session (Chairperson: Vladimir Markhonko, UNSD)
  18. Conclusions and recommendations of the Workshop
  19. Evaluation and closing of the workshop