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=E2=80=A2 The revised Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Ser= vices (MSITS), which was adopted by the United Nations Statistical Committe= e in February 2010 will be released early 2011. It is published by seven ag= encies. Work on compilation guidance to the MSITS, will be the first priori= ty of the TFSITS in 2011.=20
=E2=80=A2 The Task Force (TFSITS), convened by OECD, coordinates technic= al cooperation efforts between agencies to aid countries' implementation of= the MSITS's recommendations. The Task Force has developed a free training = module on trade in services coordinated by the World Trade Organization and= with the World Bank.=20
=E2=80=A2 Data collection is coordinated by the agencies to avoid duplic= ation of effort e.g. through standard questionnaires and codes for reportin= g the data, and data sharing.=20
=E2=80=A2 A UNSD web page, with a Newsletter, provides a central referen= ce point for information about MSITS, the work of the TFSITS, seminars and = other new developments. (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/tradeserv/def= ault.asp). This provides links to the other Organisations web pages on = trade in services. OECD and UNSD have established email hotlines (respectiv= ely email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org) for inquiries about the wor= k on trade in services.=20
=E2=80=A2 In 2011, the biannual Task Force on Statistics of Internationa= l Trade in Services, will take place first on the 28th and 29th March 2011 = in Luxembourg. On the 30th of March, a one-day joint meetings with TFIMTS w= ill be held (as in the past two years) to discuss a number of cross-cutting= issues with merchandise trade statistics such as the measurement of trade = in manufacturing services, merchanting and trade in digital products. The s= econd meeting this year is scheduled on the 20th of October 2011, back to b= ack with the OECD Working Party on Trade in Goods and Services (WPTGS) whic= h is planned from the 17th to the 19th of October 2011 in Paris.