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Trade in Services
=E2=80=A2 The Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services (M=
SITS), which was published by six agencies in 2002, is currently being upda=
ted to take account of revisions to the System of National Accounts, the IM=
F Balance of Payments Manual, and other statistical frameworks. The update =
will maintain the relevance of the Manual but will be limited in scope. Thi=
s work is the first priority of the TF in 2009. It is planned to publish th=
e updated Manual in 2010.
=E2=80=A2 The Task Force (TFSITS) coordinat= es technical cooperation efforts between agencies to aid countries' impleme= ntation of the MSITS's recommendations. The Task Force has developed a free= training module on trade in services coordinated by the World Trade Organi= zation and with the World Bank.
=E2=80=A2 Data collection is coordina= ted by the agencies to avoid duplication of effort e.g. through standard qu= estionnaires and codes for reporting the data, and data sharing.
=E2= =80=A2 A UNSD web page, with a Newsletter, provides a central reference poi= nt for information about MSITS, the work of the TFSITS, seminars and other = new developments. (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/tradeserv/default.a= sp). This provides links to the other organisations web pages on trade = in services. OECD and UNSD have established email hotlines (respectively st= email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries about the work on tr= ade in services.
=E2=80=A2 A number of cross-cutting issues with merc= handise trade statistics such as the measurement of trade in manufacturing = services, merchanting and trade in digital products have led to agreement t= o hold one-day joint meetings with TFIMTS in March 2008 and March 2009.