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International Workshop on Services Trade Statistics

Summary: The Workshop was organized by WBI, in cooperation with the Republic of South Africa's Department of Trade & Industry (SADTI) and the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), as part of WBI's FY08-10 global capacity building and DECRG's research program in services trade, which are supported by a number of donors, including the UK, Sweden, Norway, and Austria.

Purpose: The aim of this learning event was to help improve the quality and coverage of services trade statistics so that they can better serve the needs of trade policy makers and negotiators, including those negotiating or considering South-South bilateral free trade agreements.The event covered how to improve statistics under GATS/MSITS (and its current revision) and BPM5 (and its forthcoming revision BPM6) to meet the needs of policymakers/negotiators in:

(i) cross-border trade,
(ii) consumption abroad,
(iii) FATS; and
(iv) temporary movement of service providers.

Target Audience: Senior civil servants from central banks, statistical agencies, and trade ministries in a dozen emerging economies, who are responsible for producing services trade statistics or for formulating policies on negotiating positions for trade agreements.

Follow-up: See links to national websites directly or indirectly related to services trade 


Day 1 - June 15
8:30 - 9:00  Welcome and Introductions
9:00 - 10:30 

Services Trade and Data Needs

Services Trade Reform, International Negotiations and Data Needs - Aaditya Mattoo, World Bank

10:00 - 12:30

Statistical Conceptual Framework - All Modes

Measuring International Trade in Services -  Conceptual Framework - Joscelyn Magdaleine, WTO

14:00 - 14:30 

Overview of Currently Available Statistics

Global and Country Services Trade: Evidence from the WTO - Joscelyn Magdaleine, WTO

Global and Country Services Trade: Evidence from the WTI 2008 and Overview of Participating Countries’ Data and Systems - Gianni Zanini, WBI

14:30 - 15:50

Cross-Border Trade: OECD Systems, Data Sources & Statistical Methods - Part 1

BPM5/BPM6 and the Australian Experience - Karen McGuigan, ASB

US Experience - Jennifer Koncz, USBEA

16:20 - 18:00

Cross-Border Trade:  Systems, Data Sources & Statistical Methods - Part 2

The Chilean Experience in the Context of its Accession to the OECD - Juan Eduardo Chackiel, Chile

The South African Experience regarding Tourism/Travel Statistics

Trade in Services Exports: The Indian Perspective


Day 2 - June 16
9:00 - 11:00 

Commercial Presence: Systems, Data Sources and Statistical Methods I

FATS and the US Experience (+FDI) - Jennifer Koncz, USBEA

FDI and the Australian experience (+FATS) - Karen McGuigan, ASB

11:30 - 12:30

Systems Commercial Presence: Systems, Data Sources and Statistical Methods II

Brazilian Experience on the Development of an Electronic System of Foreign Trade in Services

Survey of International Trade in Services: Malaysian Experience

14:00 - 15:30

Data sources and Statistical Methods for Mode 4 and Services-Related Labor Mobility

Overview of Challenges for Measuring Mode 4 - Joscelyn Magdaleine, WTO

Measuring Services-related Labor Mobility, including from migration and remittances data - Jennifer Koncz, USBEA and Karen McGuigan, ASB

The Philippines’ Experience

16:00 - 17:00

Surveys and Data Dissemination

Survey processing, universe estimate from sample, electronic surveys and dissemination - Jennifer Koncz, USBEA and Karen McGuigan, ASB

17:00 - 18:00


Panel of resource persons - Gianni Zanini to chair, with World Bank, WTO, US BEA, ABS, Chilean Central Bank

Day 3 - June 17 Closed Discussion

Consultations between International Experts and South African Reserve Bank, Statistics South Africa, and The DTI (ITED)  on South Africa’s Current Practices, Goals, and Action Plan for Improving Services Trade Statistics Quality and Coverage

9:00 - 10:30

Looking into available SA Statistics: SARB

1. A word from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB)

2. Current SARB Services Classifications

3. Current Collection Methods

11:00 - 12:30

Classification Integration

4. Integrating to the New WTO Classifications and Questionnaire Reviews

Contact: Ingo Borchert

For Information: Ingo Borchert

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