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UNCTAD-ETDA preparatory meeting for pilot surveying exports of ICT-enabled services
01 - 02 November 2017
Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA)
Bangkok, Thailand

Key Issues

​Facilitated by access to ICTs, Thai exports of business services have nearly doubled in the past ten years, to reach USD 8.6 billion in 2016, or 13% of total services exports from Thailand. Such trade includes the provision of legal, accounting, auditing, bookkeeping, business and management consulting, public relations and trade-related services, which can be delivered across borders remotely over ICT networks.

Existing trade in services statistics do not allow for the identification of those services that are digitally delivered. 

After Costa Rica and India, Thailand is the third country to implement the new survey of ICT-enabled services exports in November-December 2017. The survey will be administered by the Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA), with experience in collecting data on e-commerce in Thailand.

A preparatory meeting will be organized by UNCTAD and ETDA on 1-2 November 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand, to discuss and fine-tune survey implementation details. The Central Bank of Thailand and the Thai National Statistical Office will also attend the meeting.

The survey questionnaire was developed by UNCTAD in collaboration with the Inter-Agency Task Force on International Trade Statistics (TFITS), as well as experts from Costa Rica, Egypt, India and Thailand. It builds on the definition of ICT-enabled services approved by the United Nations Statistical Commission in March 2016.

More transparent, comparable and comprehensive statistical data in this area are needed to help governments design, implement and monitor ICT-related policies, taking into account the recent growth of ICT-enabled services.

This project is supported financially by the Government of Sweden.

Co-organized with:Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) of Thailand
Sponsor / funding:The Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (Sweden)
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