Inter-Agency initiatives

UNCTAD assists national statistical agencies in developing and transition countries in their data collection and dissemination efforts. In cooperation with UN agencies, development banks and other international organisations, such as Eurostat, capacity-building initiatives are carried out in various areas.

Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA)

Established in 2002, the Committee, comprised of international and supranational organizations, has a mandate for the provision of international official statistics. It enables: efficient functioning of the statistical system; common standards and platforms; development of methodologies; inter-institutional support; outreach; and advocacy for statistics.

In doing so, in 2005, CCSA endorsed the Principles Governing International Statistical Activities that define the functioning of the international statistical system.

Acknowledging the role of UNCTAD in establishment and strengthening of the world statistical framework, it was elected in 2009 to hold a CCSA co-chair mandate for 2 years that was further extended through 2013.

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Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development

This multi-stakeholder initiative launched by UNCTAD in 2004 aims to define a list of internationally comparable ICT indicators and methodology for their collection. Developing countries in particular benefit from this project being helped collecting ICT statistics through capacity-building and hands-on training for national statistical offices.

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United Nations Statistical Commission

UNCTAD is represented in the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) and contributes to the development of the global statistical system and the definition of news standards. In 2007, UNSC endorsed the core list of indicators on information and communication technologies (ICT), which was developed by the Partnership on Measuring ICT for development.

Inter-agency Task Forces

Task Force on International Merchandise Trade Statistics (TF-IMTS)

TF-IMTS was created in 1992 to improve international cooperation in the collection, processing and dissemination of international merchandise trade statistics. Its work strives to facilitate reporting by merchandise trade statistics compilers on one hand and, on the other, to improve data quality, timeliness, coverage and consistency amongst various international data providers. The task force is convened by WTO, and consists of Eurostat, FAO, IMF, OECD, UNSD, UNCTAD and UN Regional Commissions.

For further information please visit the TF-IMTS page.

Task Force on Statistics of International Trade in Services (TF-SITS)

TF-SITS was established at the request of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and UNCTAD to the Statistical Commission in 1994. The objectives of the Task Force are to elaborate the statistical requirements of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). The Task Force is convened by OECD, and consists of Eurostat, IMF, UNCTAD, UNSD, UNWTO and WTO.

The main focus of the Task Force is to develop and support the implementation of the Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services (MSITS). The Manual sets out a statistical framework for the collection and dissemination of Trade in Services data.

For further information please visit the TF-SITS page.

Task Force on Finance Statistics (TFFS)

The Task Force on Finance Statistics (TFFS) sets methodological standards for statistics on external debt, and on public sector debt; promotes data availability on financial stocks, particularly external and public sector debt; encourages internationally accepted statistical practices to enhance data quality; and fosters inter-agency collaboration in statistical capacity building. The current members of the TFFS are the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the Commonwealth Secretariat (ComSec), ECB, Eurostat, IMF, OECD, the Paris Club Secretariat, UNCTAD, and the World Bank. It is chaired by the Statistics Department of the IMF.

For further information please visit the TFFS page.

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