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Minerals, metals, and ores
Update of the production/consumption/trade database. Dissemination of th= e data through the UNCTAD website and the UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics. = p>=20
Preparation and update of a database, which stores time series on world =
merchandise fleet by flag registration and type of ship. The statistics are=
released in the UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics and the annual Review of Mar=
itime Transport. Annual containerized port traffic, by country, included ea=
ch year in the UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport.
Annual World Seab= orne Trade, by country groupings, included each year in the UNCTAD Review o= f Maritime Transport. UNCTAD Liner Shipping Connectivity Index, by country,= included each year in the UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport.
Foreign Direct Investment=
Methodological work: participation in the joint working= group "FATS" (Eurostat), OECD's Working group on International I= nvestment Statistics, Inter-agency Task Force on Statistics of Internationa= l Trade in Services and IMF's Balance of Payments Committee. The UNCTAD Man= ual on Statistics of FDI and the operations of TNCs published in 2009.= =20
Data collection and processing: continuous update of th=
e database on FDI (both flows and stocks) and operations of TNCs that was u=
sed for the 2008 World Investment Report 2009. In addition, UNCTAD maintain=
s and regularly updates databases on cross-border M&As and largest TNCs=
. UNCTAD disseminates the data through its dedicated website (www.unctad.or=
Foreign Trade Statistics<= /strong>=20
=E2=80=A2 To partic= ipate in the work of the Task Force on International Merchandise Trade Stat= istics.
=E2=80=A2 To contribute in the preparation and dissemination = of a consistent set of aggregated merchandise trade data (Common Data Set) = by international organizations.
=E2=80=A2 To calculate volume, price = and term of trade indices and trade analytical indicators published in the = UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics.
=E2=80=A2 To develop the South-South T= rade Information System providing comprehensive information on bilateral tr= ade flows at the product level between developing countries and including o= wn estimates for country-periods missing in COMTRADE database.
Market Access Information==20
=E2=80=A2 To contribute in the maintenance and updating of the Common An=
alytical Market Access Database (CAMAD) among UNCTAD, ITC and WTO.
= =E2=80=A2 To upgrade WITS software in collaboration with the World Bank and= ITC.
Data collection and processing:
=E2=80=A2 Update of the D= atabase on Trade Control Measures covering tariff, para-tariff and non-tari= ff measures disseminated in TRAINS (Trade Analysis and Information System).=
=E2=80=A2 Preparation of data for the third pu= blication of the World Tariff Profile (joint publication with WTO and ITC).=
Trade in Services=20
Methodological work: participation in the work of the Inter-agency Task =
Force on Statistics of International Trade in Services (TFSITS) and contrib=
ution to the preparation of the revised Manual on Statistics of Internation=
al Trade in Services.
Data collection and processing: In light of the= recommendation, by UNSC, compilation of foreign affiliate trade in service= s statistics (FATS). Dissemination of Trade in Services statistics, includi= ng metadata, through the UNCTAD website.
=E2=80= =A2 Implementation of the recommendations of the manual on trade in service= s.
=E2=80=A2 Technical cooperation: In the framework of a MOU signed = between UNCTAD and UEMOA, preparation of the regulation and statistical inf= rastructure needed for the collection and analysis of statistics on exports= and imports of services in order that member states can define policy cons= istent with their development objectives.
=E2=80=A2 Data collection and processing: Update of the commodity prices= database and calculation of price indices, using 2000 as base year. Dissem= ination of the data on the website.=20
ICT Statistics= span>
=E2=80=A2Methodological work: UNCTAD works in = close collaboration with the members of the global Partnership on Measuring= ICT for Development (ITU, OECD, UNCTAD, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, t= he World Bank, four UN Regional Commissions (ECA, ECLAC, ESCAP, ESCWA), UN-= DESA and Eurostat). UNCTAD is part of the Steering Committee of the Partner= ship (with ITU and ECLAC). The Partnership core list of ICT indicators, whi= ch was endorsed by the UN Statistical Commission at its 38th session in 200= 7, was revised during 2008 and was presented to the UNSC in February 2009.<= /p>=20
The revised version of the UNCTAD Manual for the Production of Statistic=
s on the Information Economy was presented to the UNSC in February 2009. Th=
e document aims to help statistical offices in developing countries in thei=
r production of information economy statistics.
The UNCTAD website on= ICT measurement (http:// measuring-ict.unctad.org) serves as an online sou= rce of information on indicators, data, metadata and methodology .
=E2=80=A2Data collection and processing: Since= 2004, UNCTAD has been collecting data from statistical offices in developi= ng countries on the core list of ICT business and ICT sector indicators thr= ough an annual questionnaire sent to National Statistical Offices worldwide= . Survey results feed the UNCTAD information economy database that comprise= s official data on business use of ICT in countries, classified by size of = enterprise, geographical location (urban/rural), and economic activity. Sur= vey results are also reflected in the analyses published in the annual UNCT= AD Information Economy Report.=20
=E2=80=A2Technical cooperation: UNCTAD carries=
out capacity building activities on ICT measurement, including the organiz=
ation of training courses and contribution to regional workshops, often in =
cooperation with the members of the Partnership, as well as advisory servic=
es to NSOs in developing countries. UNCTAD leads the Partnership Task Group=
on Capacity Building (TGCB) and coordinates capacity building activities o=
f the Partnership members. UNCTAD has conducted regional training courses i=
n Asia-Pacific, Latin American and the Caribbean, and francophone and Anglo=
(ii) Priority objectives beyond 2010:=20
Further revision of the Manual for the Production of Statistics on the I=
nformation Economy - 2009 edition. Continued capacity building on ICT stati=
stics for NSOs, including delivery of the Training Course at the regional l=
evel and advisory services at the national level. Methodological work on th=
e measurement of ICT impact and of trade in ICT services.
(iii) New work to be undertaken in 2010:=20
Development of a distance learning version of the Training Course on the=
production of information economy statistics. Inclusion of information eco=
nomy statistics in GlobStat and the UN Data Portal.
(iv) Meetings to be organized in 2010:=20
UNCTAD will co-organize with Partners a Global Event on Information Soci= ety measurement, which will review progress in ICT statistics and discuss e= merging subjects such as ICT in education, measuring the social and economi= c impact of ICT, and ICT in government.=20
=E2=80=A2 Methodological work: Calculation of indicators to monitor the =
financial crisis and its impact on the real economy in developing economies=
and economies in transition. Data are released in UNCTAD flagship reports.=
=E2=80=A2 Participation in the Globalization Session of the Statisti= cal Working Party of the OECD Committee on Industry and Business Environmen= t, in particular, as regards the preparation of the Manual of Economic Glob= alization Indicators.
=E2=80=A2 Data collection and processing: conti= nuous update of the TNC database.
UNCTAD Statistical Inform= ation system (USIS)
The UNCTAD Statistical Information Syste= m (USIS) is designed as a tool to validate, store, process and share refere= nce datasets used by the economists of the secretariat and disseminated thr= ough the UNCTAD Handbook of Statistic, reports and the UNCTAD website. Meth= odologies and procedures used to process statistics and to calculate derive= d indicators were reviewed accordingly in 2009. Sources, concepts, definiti= ons, classifications and processes have been documented and made available = to users. Great attention is devoted to the provision of metadata at all le= vels.
Principle 4 of the 'Principles Governing International Statistical Activ= ities' is a guiding benchmark during the development and implementation of = USIS.=20
Objectives and outputs:=20
Improvement of the quality and consistency of the statistics prepared an= d released by UNCTAD. More efficient, secured and documented procedures are= used for the compilation, processing, storage and dissemination of statist= ics. The capacities for the calculations of indicators requiring important = IT resources are being improved.=20
Main developments for 2010:=20
The on-line version of Handbook of Statistics 2009 will be the last one = published in the Internet. It will be replaced by regularly updated GlobSta= t that is accessible to everyone.________________________________________= p>=20