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International Trade Statistics Conference Notes

Friday, September 19, 2008

Morning Session: -- Location: USBC,Conference Room # 3


    • Office of National Security (ONS) has data lab and can work and access individual records in data lab and take away at aggregate level.
    • Conflict of interests exists between the tax side who wants no disclosure and the statistics side that encourages data sharing.
    • (STC) how have you merged customs with statistics regarding their different mandates?
      • (HMR&C) have always been combined. Questions about where the line is between customs data and statistics data? Clean data vs. original data.
      • (STC) "Massage" data so not admissible in court.
      • (HMR&C) drawn up principles dividing queries into customs and statistics domain.
        • Also question of is EU data tax data or kind of like survey data collected by stats.
    • (STC) and (HMR&C) “pre-release” data to other government agencies. Need a justifiable reason.
      • (HMR&C) example: regional agencies to publish regional data at the same time.
      • (ABS) disks available to other agencies earlier on publish day, and government ministers if going to be asked questions by media.
        • Lock-up in room for ½ an hour or so before release for questions and not allowed out until data is published.
      • (SNZ) has a similar lock down policy and no other pre-release.
    • (SNZ) Would DARTTS study help methods of reconciliation studies?
  • Presentation: New Commodity Classification System for Data Users - (SNZ)
    Presentation Powerpoint Slide

    • (HMR&C) Question: Did you back cast?
      • (SNZ) back to 2002, but limited because uses SITC. Could go back further if interest is there.
    • (HMR&C) Question: Main uses?
      • NZ viewed only as a primary exporter (meat, dairy, timber) and there is political interest in letting the country know manufacturing also exists.
    • (SNZ) Will not supersede HS products. Is more of a time series data to identify manufacturing vs. primary export over time
      • Measure if adding value to exports or mainly exporting raw materials
      • First 3 levels give sense of what export structure
      • Only meant to replace ad-hoc stuff
      • (SNZ) Prior to this did not publish SITC v.3, but was available by request. Now SITC v.4 is available but demand is minimal.

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Meeting Summary and Conclusions:

  • Direction/Mandate of Group and Future Plans

    • Incorporate the host country into the extra-hours informal social interactions.
    • Consider a more formal recognition in OECD
      • Pluses could increase role and become a player through group effort.
      • Minuses might interfere with less formal structure of current group.
      • Could come up with ideas to bring before OECD by correspondence and then finalize at these meetings.
    • Interest in adding new members, but want to be sure to maintain the conversational size and less strict agenda of current format. (Interpreters, etc could detract from that)
    • Provide annual updates
      • Have initiates discussed in group been implemented and what challenges or results are part of that outcome
      • Pull ideas through larger body; e.g. revisions all have to implement
      • IMTS user group
    • Next meeting in 2 years in the UK.

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