International trade and balance of payments statistics

Services Statistics: International Development Work and Coordination


There has been considerable progress in the measurement of services over the last twenty years with a wide range of current activities and active groups. Given continuing development needs, two key issues are:

  • how current coordination mechanisms can be made more efficient to avoid duplication of effort, identify and ensure coverage of essential issues,
  • how to communicate conceptual/methodological outputs to all countries that need them.

The UN Statistics Commission in March 2003 invited OECD to assist it by coordinating development work on services statistics, that is being undertaken by international organisations and international expert groups. OECD provided a progress report (PDF) on international developments in services statistics to UNSC 2006.

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