COMPASS Supported The Participation of The ASEAN Member States Statistical Officers and ASEAN Secretariat to UNSD Seminar


New Delhi, 3-6 November 2014, COMPASS funded the participation of the ASEAN Member States Statistical Officers and ASEAN Secretariat to the UNSD Seminar on International Trade Statistics. This seminar has been co-organised jointly by the United Nations Statistical Division (UNSD), the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry,  and the Central Statistical Office of India, in cooperation with the EU-ASEAN COMPASS  project.

The objective of this seminar was to improve understanding of the recommendations on international trade and related economic statistics and to share experiences on how to improve their implementation in national statistical systems with better coordination and cooperation among data providers and compilers.

This seminar brought together national experts in the compilation of international merchandise trade statistics (IMTS), statistics of international trade in services (SITS), and the goods and services accounts of the balance of payments.

The participants of this workshop came from different Asian countries, regional organisations (ASEAN Secretariat, UN/ESCAP) and experts from International Trade Center, World Trade Organization (WTO), UNCTAD and EU/ASEAN COMPASS Project (IMTS Key expert). Among the 16 participating countries, 8 ASEAN countries have taken part actively to the seminar, with the support of COMPASS programme.

The topics in the agenda included challenges of compilation of international merchandise trade statistics, and statistics of trade in services; discussion on external trade indices compilation; linking trade and business statistics; improving quality of trade statistics; dissemination and use of trade statistics.

The main conclusions of the seminar focused on the need of improved coordination between national institutions to meet most of the new international recommendations, the development and maintenance of a data infrastructure such as statistical business registers, the need to develop quality assessment through quality reports and asymmetry studies, the need for participating countries to receive support of international and regional agencies for increasing statistical capacity in the field of international trade statistics.

This seminar was an example of synergy between various international organisations. A close coordination of the COMPASS project will be maintained with other international organisations throughout the implementation of COMPASS.


“A selection of pictures from the Regional Seminar on International Trade Statistics can be found here

PDF Icon COMPASS/UNSD Seminar – Agenda

PDF Icon COMPASS/UNSD Seminar – List of Participant

PDF Icon COMPASS/UNSD Seminar – Report

Presentation/Supporting Document

Day 1:

PDF Icon Progress report on the measurement on trade and economic globalization – Ronald Jensen

PDF Icon International Merchandise Trade Statistics Concep and Definitions 2010

PDF Icon International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Compilers Manual, Revision 1 (IMTS 2010-CM)

PDF Icon International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures

PDF Icon Compiling 2010 IMTS New Data Items – Estela T. de Guzman

PDF Icon Updates on ASEAN IMTS – ASEANstats

PDF Icon Informal Cross Border Trade – Markie Muryawan & Nougbodohoue Samson Bel-Aube

PDF Icon Ensuring Quality of Quantity Information Experience: Indonesia Experience – BPS Indonesia

PDF Icon Classification by Board Economic Categories (BEC), Revision 5 – Ronald Jansen

PDF Icon Revising Indian Trade Indices: a suggested methodology – Indian Statistical Institute

PDF Icon D etection of Outliers and Calculation of Trade Indices Based on Unit Values – Christian Delachenal

PDF Icon Compilation of Trade Statistics from BOP Perspective, Challenges Being Faced – Tuvshingerel Tumenbayar/Gerlee

PDF Icon Survey on Country Practices in the Compilation of External Trade Indices – UNSD Trade Statistics Branch

PDF Icon Unit Value vs Price Indices: Pros and Cons of Collection Methods – Henri Tyrman

PDF Icon Group Discussion Day I

Day 2:

PDF Icon MSITS 2010 Compiler’s Guide – WTO

PDF Icon Compilation of Other Business Services in Korea – Mijin Kim

PDF Icon Data Collection Through Non-Bank International Transaction Direct Reporting – Bank Indonesia

PDF Icon Report on Measuring Trade in ICT Services and ICT-enable Services – Steve Macfeely

PDF Icon Measuring Business Process Outsourcing – DGCIS, India

PDF Icon Updates on ASEAN SITS – ASEANstats

PDF Icon Extending Supply Side Statistics for the Tourism Sector – Steve Macfeely

PDF Icon Travel Services in BOP, Data Collection and Compilation in Thailand – Bank of Thailand

PDF Icon Tourism Satellite Accounts – Bangladesh

Day 3:

PDF Icon An Integrated Microdata Approach to Trade and Business Statistics – Steve Macfeely

PDF Icon Integrating Trade and Business Statistics – Markie Muryawan

PDF Icon Services Modes of Supply FATS – WTO

PDF Icon Institution Arrangement for Trade Statistics – Aminath Irufa Mahir, Aishath Laia, Mohamed Sofwaan Hassan

PDF Icon Reducing Trade in Services Data Asymmetries – WTO

PDF Icon Asymmetry in Merchandise Trade – Markie Muryawan

PDF Icon Asymmetry and Consistency of Trade Statistics – Christian Delachenal

PDF Icon Quality Report in the Frame of A Regional Programme (Mediterranean Countries – Henri Tyrman

PDF Icon Quality Report on External Trade Statistics in Southern & Eastern Mediterranean Countries

Day 4:

PDF Icon Global Merchandise Trade SDMX Data Structure Definition – Markie Muryawan

PDF Icon Merchandise Trade Data Visualization – UNSD

PDF Icon The Use of Trade Data in Trade Policymaking – Dr. Mia Mikic

PDF Icon Visualisazation of Trade Statistics – Christian Delachenal