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The WTO produces aggregate annual, quarterly, and monthly total merchand= ise trade statistics. For disaggregated merchandise trade statistics, the W= TO is largely a user of other agencies' data. It complements these data wit= h own estimates and adjustments to build country and product aggregates acc= ording to WTO definitions. In addition, through the inter-agency Task Force= on International Merchandise Trade Statistics (TF IMTS) and other bodies, = the WTO supports actively ongoing efforts to improve coordination in data c= ollection and dissemination, development of concepts and definitions, and a= nalysis of trade data.=20
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 and publication of tari= ff information and also maintains 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 (http://www.mdg-trade.org).
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 for filling exist= ing gaps of data.=20
In response to the globalization of production in manufacturing, the WTO= has actively engaged in extending traditional trade statistics to identify= the countries' respective domestic (value-added) content. In 2010/2011, an= 'atlas-type' publication of the Asian region will be produced in co-operat= ion with IDE-JETRO aiming at analyzing the impact of global value chains on= trade flows and regional integration in Eastern Asia. Co-operation on meth= odological and data issues is also developing with OECD, as well as other s= takeholders pertaining to the World Input-Output Project (WIOD), supported = by the European Union.=20
Following a change in data confidentiality policy, the WTO has made avai= lable to the public its tariff databases at tariff line level in January 20= 10 via the Tariff Analysis Online. The public already had previously access= to tariff and trade information at the Harmonized System six-digit level o= nly, via the Tariff Download Facility.=20
A study on historical developments of tariffs is also under way. The fir= st phase of the project, under implementation, is to augment the collection= of historical archives in WTO custody. The second phase contemplates the d= igitalization of the information gathered.=20
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 improv= ing data quality of the international agencies' released statistics. Assist= in developing compilation guidance for the Manual on Statistics of Interna= tional Trade in Services (MSITS 2010); and organize and carry out statistic= al capacity building.=20
=E2=80=A2 cooperate with other agencies to improve data quality, and
=E2=80=A2 carry out statistical capacity building seminars and developin= g 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 (http://imts.wto.org/).=20
=E2=80=A2 Methodological work: Implementation of IMTS 2010 and assisting=
in developing respective Compilation Guidance.
=E2=80=A2 Data collec= tion and processing: Maintain the inter-agency Common Dataset (CDS) of aggr= egate merchandise trade values that includes officially reported data and r= econciled data (UNSD, IMF, UNCTAD, OECD, Eurostat, WTO).
=E2=80=A2 Through inter-agency collaboration, improve the coverage, cons=
istency, quality and timeliness of aggregate and detailed merchandise trade=
statistics; and identify and analyze emerging statistical issues related t=
o globalization and trade;
=E2=80=A2 Provide analysts, policy-makers = and other users with easily accessible, analytically valuable data by maint= aining an online, interactive database on the Task Force's website for the = inter-agency Common Data Set (http://imts.wto.org/common_dataset_e.htm).
=E2=80=A2 Analysis of cross-cutting issues to help assisting implementat=
ion and preparation of Compilation Guidance for IMTS and MSITS 2010.
= =E2=80=A2 Analysis of the impact of global value chains on trade statistics= .