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For disaggregated merchandise trade= statistics, the WTO is largely a user of other agencies' data. It compleme= nts these data with own estimates and adjustments to build aggregates accor= ding to WTO definitions. In addition, through the inter-agency Task Force o= n International Merchandise Trade Statistics (TF IMTS) and other bodies, th= e WTO supports actively ongoing efforts to improve coordination in data col= lection and dissemination, development of concepts and definitions, and ana= lysis of trade data.
On tariffs and tariff-related imports, the WTO collects primary data fro= m national compilers. The WTO actively cooperates with UNCTAD and the Inter= national Trade Centre (ITC) to enhance the exchange of tariff information t= hrough a Common Analytical Market Access database (CAMAD) combining informa= tion on tariffs and imports at the tariff line level. The WTO also maintain= s a database containing WTO Members' legal commitments on goods.=20
The WTO also coordinates the inter-agency MDG-Trade group of Geneva (ITC= /UNCTAD/WTO) that monitors market access conditions for developing and leas= t-developed countries and produces corresponding MDG indicators. Besides co= mpiling the relevant information, work focuses on improving the measurement= and interpretation of related MDG statistics by extending coverage and dev= eloping complementary indicators (
To actively contribute to the development of a consistent, international= ly-recognized set of up-to-date international trade statistics and tariff i= nformation.=20
To implement an enhanced framework for the collection of WTO Members' su= bmissions of tariffs and tariff-related import statistics in order to fill = in the gaps of missing data.=20
In 2010, for measuring trade by value-added, an atlas-type publication o= f the Asian region will be produced in co-operation with IDE-JETRO to analy= se the impact of global value chains on trade flows and regional integratio= n.=20
The WTO will follow up with FAO/UNIDO on individual product value chains= in the agribusiness sector to complement the analysis of global value chai= ns.=20
The WTO will make available to the public its tariff databases at tariff= line level in January 2010 via the Tariff Analysis Facility. The public al= ready has access to tariff and trade information at the Harmonized System s= ix-digit level via the Tariff Download Facility.=20
A study on historical developments of tariffs is also under way.
International Trade in Serv= ices Statistics=20
Active participation in the work of the inter-agency Task Force on Stati= stics of International Trade in Services with particular emphasis on finali= zing the Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services; developin= g compilation guidance in co-operation with other agencies; and assisting i= n statistical capacity building (development of e-training modules).=20
=E2=80=A2 carry out statisti= cal capacity building seminars and developing e-training modules (national = and regional seminars).
Inter-agency Task Force on = International Merchandise Trade Statistics=20
The Task Force has been established by the UN Statistical Commission. Th= e World Trade Organization (WTO) convenes this Task Force and maintains a w= ebsite for it providing relevant material on classifications, concepts and = definitions, an inter-agency Common Data Set on the countries' total mercha= ndise exports and imports, and technical assistance (
=E2=80=A2 Through inter-agen= cy collaboration, improve the coverage, consistency, quality and timeliness= of aggregate and detailed merchandise trade statistics; and identify and a= nalyze emerging statistical issues related to globalization and trade;
=E2=80=A2 Provide analysts, policy-makers and other users with easily acc= essible, analytically valuable data by maintaining an online, interactive d= atabase on the Task Force's website for the inter-agency Common Data Set (<= /p>