International trade and balance of payments statistics

OECD-Eurostat Meeting of Experts in Trade in Services Statistics (TIS), Paris, 13 (p.m.)-15 September 2005


Venue: 13 (p.m.)-15 September 2005, OECD, Paris La Defense 2, Tour Europe, Salle des Nations
Map of La Défense

Including a Joint Session with the 6th OECD International Trade Statistics (ITS) Expert Meeting.

Agenda (29 September 2005)

Tuesday,  13th September 2005, 2:30 p.m.:  Joint session ITS-TIS Experts

10. Opening of the common session regarding measuring merchandise trade and trade  in services

Welcome and opening by the Chief Statistician of  OECD and Director of the Statistics Directorate 


International trade and globalisation indicators


a)  Economic globalisation indicators - OECD/STI


b)  International trade indicators: a Web-based tool for researchers - OECD/STD Room Document 13 (pdf) - PowerPoint presentation

  • Progress report
  • Presentation of the Web-based  beta version
  • Links to other data sources

c) New analytical products  of the International Trade Centre (ITC) and co-operation with OECD, UNSD and WTO - ITC, PowerPoint presentation
d) Intra-industry trade and the scale effects of economic integration - Finland, PowerPoint presentation


SNA/BPM5 revision: unresolved  balance of payments issues concerning trade in goods and services statistics

a)  Goods for processing, STD/NAES/TASS/ITS(2005)18 - STD/NAES/TASS/ITS(2005)19 - Room document 7 (pdf) - PowerPoint presentaion

  • Position paper by the Merchandise Trade Task Force - WTO
  • Issue paper by the IMF - UNSD - SNA Editor
  • Outcome of SNA AEG

b) Merchanting
IMF issue paper and progress report from  IMF merchanting working group -  for discussion, STD/NAES/TASS/ITS(2005)20 (pdf) - PowerPoint presentation

Cocktail, 6.00 p.m.

Wednesday, 14th September 2005: Joint session  ITS-TIS -  continued, 9.30 a.m.


a) Foreign Affiliates Trade in Services Statistics, Room document 2 (pdf)


b) OECD balance of payments data
OECD quality review report on OECD balance of payments data for information, Room Document (pdf) - PowerPoint presentation

Lunch break

Wednesday 14th September 2005, 2:30 p.m: OECD-Eurostat Expert Meeting on Trade-in-services Statistics



a) Report of 2004 Trade-in-services Meeting,  STD/NAES/TASS/SERV(2005)M1 (PDF)
b) Interagency Task Force on Statistics of International Trade in Services Report for information, STD/NAES/TASS/SERV(2005)1 (PDF)
c) Eurostat activities in trade in services and related balance of payments areas for information - PowerPoint presentation
d) UNSD activities in statistics of international trade in services, Room document 4 (PDF)


BPM5 Revision continued - for discussion

a) Classification of services in the balance of payments - OECD/IMF, STD/NAES/TASS/SERV(2005)2 - STD/NAES/TASS/SERV(2005)9 - Room document 8 (PDF) - PowerPoint presentation
b) Revision of CPC and links to EBOPS - UNSD/OECD, Room document 5 (PDF)
c) Report of Financial Services Task Force - OECD, STD/NAES/TASS/SERV(2005)3 (PDF)
d)  Update on Canberra II work on non-financial assets


Data quality

a) Trade in services Methodological Soundness Questionnaire- OECD-Eurostat Progress report for discussion - PowerPoint presentation
b)  OECD paper on implementing MSITS and data quality, STD/NAES/TASS/SERV(2005)5 (PDF) - PowerPoint presentation
c)  User view of trade in services data - France, STD/NAES/TASS/SERV(2005)6 Rev1 (PDF) - PowerPoint presentation
d) Developments in trade in services statistics - Canada  OECD-Eurostat Meeting of Experts in Trade in Services Statistics (TIS), September 2005 - agenda item 16d Room Document 10 (PDF)

Thursday, 15 September 2005, 9:30 a.m.


Analytical issues


i) Measuring offshoring of services

a) Progress in accounting for data discrepancies between US and India -  US BEA
b) Measuring offshoring  OECD-Eurostat Meeting of Experts in Trade in Services Statistics (TIS), September 2005 - agenda item 17 Room Document 14 (PDF) 

ii) South-south trade in services project
OECD/ECH report - PowerPoint presentation

18. Updating the Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services -  Scope, overview  and timetable, STD/NAES/TASS/SERV(2005)7 (PDF) - PowerPoint presentation

  • Scope, overview and timetable - OECD report
  • Revision of EBOPS
  • Proposed Chapter on Mode 4
  • Draft  Questionnaire for Countries - OECD to present for discussion 

Lunch break


TSA and Remittances


a) Revising the Tourism Satellite Account - Note by World Tourism Organisation/IMF, Room document 3 (PDF)
b) Proposed changes to remittances measurement - Report by UNSD/IMF - PowerPoint presentation


Data collection and dissemination


a)  Metadata, data production and publication - presentation by Eurostat - PowerPoint presentation
b) Publication of Trade in Services Statistics -Progress reports - UN-OECD-Eurostat - PowerPoint presentation

21. Future Programme of Work and Conclusions

22. Other business and date of next  meeting