Regional Workshop on International Merchandise Trade Statistics Strengthening Data Compilation and Analytical Capacity commences

Published on: Monday, April 3, 2017

Regional Workshop on International Merchandise Trade Statistics Strengthening Data Compilation and Analytical Capacity commences

Maldives Customs Services jointly with the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) commenced a regional workshop on International Merchandise Trade Statistic, with the theme of “Strengthening Data Compilation and Analytical Capacity”.

A special function was held this morning which was attended by the Chief Statistician of National Bureau of Statistics, Ms. Aishath Shahuda , Deputy Commissioner of Customs, Mr. Ismail Abdulla and Chief of IMTS, Mr. Markie Muryawan, Assosiciate Statistician, Ms. Melissa Paca from IMTS, Tradesift Expert from University of Sussex, Mr. Michael Gasiorek, 2 participants from the South African Revenue Service (SARS), 3 participants from Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics of India and 21 local participants from Maldives Customs Service, Maldives Monetary Authority, Ministry of Economic Development, Maldives Inland Revenue Authority and National Bureau of Statistics.

The purpose of the four-day workshop is part of an ongoing capacity development project to strengthen trade data compilation and analytical capacity. The workshop’s objectives are to address questions regarding methodology and challenges in data compilation of International Merchandise Trade Statistics (IMTS); exchange country experiences with issues such as data acquisition, data compilation strategies and data dissemination related to compilation of IMTS; establish close cooperation among institutions which are providing, compiling and using trade statistics and; acquire practical knowledge in trade data analysis through the use of TradeSift and data visualization.

The ultimate goal is to enable compilers to produce international merchandise trade statistics of the highest quality and enable compilers and users to analyze trade statistics relevant to their needs.


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