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Creditor Reporting System (CRS) Aid Activity Database
 Purpose

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• Provide Members of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) and the international aid community a set of readily available basic data that enables analysis on where aid goes, what purposes it serves and what policies it aims to implement. The DAC uses the data for consideration of specific policy issues and for monitoring donors' compliance with various international recommendations in the field of development co-operation. Outside the DAC, the data is mainly used to analyse the sectoral and geographical breakdown of aid for selected years and donors or groups of donors.

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• Since 2008 (reporting on 2007 flows) the CRS includes the Trade capacity Building Database (TCBDB) operated previously by WTO.

Databases
 

• Creditor Reporting System (CRS) Aid Activity Database

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General aspects:

• No major changes.

 
Database on Country Programmable Aid and Forward Spending Survey (CPA-FSS database)

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• Continue with converging DAC data collections (CRS and DAC); converged directives for approval; further work on improving access and dissemination of data; continue sharing of data with developing countries, and continuing help from Secretariat to members in improving statistical quality and timeliness.

 

• Continue work on non-ODA flows which examines types of development financing other than ODA (non-concessional official loans inc. export credits, private flows inc. remittances, guarantee schemes). This analysis will focus on both the volume and developmental relevance of these flows.

 

• DAC interest: DAC members afforded a high priority to this work during discussions of the PWB for 2011-2012, consequently (and based on the progress of work).

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• Throughout 2013, PARIS21 and its partners will update and enrich the NSDS guidelines to include best practices collected over the past several years. PARIS21 will also integrate the activities of the Busan Action Plan for Statistics into its regular work programme, which will include developing best practices in reconciling official statistical systems with the innovations of Big Data.

 

Balance of Payments

 

Purpose

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Data collection on the basis of the revised questionnaires and using the electronic questionnaire where countries are not applying GESMES.

 

Foreign Direct Investment Trends: OECD Indicators

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Data collection on the basis of the revised questionnaires and using the electronic questionnaire where countries are not applying GESMES.

 

Survey of Implementation of Methodological Standards for Direct Investment- 2nd edition (SIMSDI-2)

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Monthly Statistics of International Trade

 

Main Developments for 2013

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Non-member countries involved in the activity:

 Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russian Federation, Slovenia Former, South Africa

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OECD Statistics on International Trade in Services by Service Category and by Partner Country

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Main Developments for 2013

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General aspects:

The SDMX coding for BOP in BPM6 including the extended Balance of Payments in Services classification will be finalised in coordination with OECD/DAF and other International Organisations.

 

Facilitate to the extent possible links between the classifications EBOPS and ISIC.

 

Continue Implementing EBOPS 2010 in Statworks and upload countries that have adopted the new standards.

 

Improve the timeliness, with rolling updates, and detail of published data. Monitor progress in the implementation of MSITS recommendations.

 

Contribute to OECD analytical work and in particular work closely with TAD and STI on data needs for the Services Trade Restrictiveness Index. Improve estimates of world trade flows of services.

 

Cooperate with Eurostat to collect and make available as far as possible partner country data on remittances.

 

Develop cooperation with UNSD and other agencies on data sharing in trade in services.

 

Update merged Trade in Services by category and by partner country in order which saves resources to be allocated to the development of databases and metadata related to the new standards.

 

Cooperate with WTO to elaborate the annual World Matrix of bilateral services flows.

 

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Data collection:

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Pursue rolling update of trade in services by partner country data as data become available. Countries that are sent an excel questionnaire will be asked to fill it in. A second best would now be for them to provide us with their data in an SDMX format.

 

Monthly International Trade

 

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Purpose

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To produce consistent and timely international trade data for OECD member countries, ensure methodological soundness and comparability of international trade data, conduct research to improve the quality of the concepts underlying international trade data and play an active role in the development of international standards.

 

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Objectives and outputs

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Collect data and maintain database for analytical use: monthly data of exports and imports at current prices by partner countries and main categories of commodities, and volume and average value indices for selected countries and main categories. Continuous and close co-operation with key users at OECD. Updating cycles optimised to respond to needs of trade press release. Online availability of OECD’s detailed international trade data. OECD continues to actively participate and contribute to the International Trade Task Force (Inter-Agency TF)

 

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Non-member countries involved in the activity:

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Slovenia Former

 

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Databases

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Monthly Statistics of International Trade (MSIT)

 

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Main Developments for 2013

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General aspects:

 

No major changes.

 

Services Trade Restrictiveness Index

 

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Purpose

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The STRI database will be a unique resource providing internationally comparable current information on regulatory policies affecting trade in services.

 

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Objectives and outputs

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The main achievements for 2012 are:

 

• first indicators for the pilot sectors finalised

 

data collection for the new sectors has started

 

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Non-member countries involved in the activity:

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Albania, Brazil, China, Croatia, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Moldova, Republic of Serbia, Russian Federation, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovenia Former, South Africa

 

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Databases

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Not yet available.

 

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Main Developments for 2013

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General aspects:

 

The regulatory database for the pilot sectors has been finalised during the first half of 2012. A first version of the interface developed by the OECD for dissemination of qualitative information is under development. The coverage of the new sectors has already started.

 

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Data collection:

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New sectors will be included and double the number of sectors covered.