The CEFTA Secretariat in co-operation with the WTO Secretariat organized a Workshop on Foreign Affiliates Statistics, which took place on 9 and 10 December 2014 in Brussels.
The Workshop aimed at raising awareness of the importance of good quality of trade in services statistics, in particular of FATS, as well as providing the participants with information on the latest developments in this domain. The event was organised with the objective to support the trade in services negotiations that are currently underway within the CEFTA framework.The discussion was held on topics such as (i) FATS and FDI statistics policy and analytical needs; (ii) relevant statistical frameworks; (iii) data collection and data compilation on FATS; (iv) EU FATS Recommendations and Manual. The event gathered around 25 participants from CEFTA Ministries of Trade and Economy, Central Banks and statistical offices as well international partners including the WTO Secretariat, the OECD, DG Trade and EUROSTAT.
Below are listed the presentations delivered during the Workshop as per agenda items on 9 (Day 1) and 10 (Day 2) December respectivelly.
Session 1:
FATS and FDI statistics: policy and analytical needs
Globalisation and foreign direct investment
Foreign affiliates and activities of multinational enterprises
Global value chains
GATS and its relation to FATS
·          Ms. Fabienne FORTANIER, OECD
·          Mr. Koen Debacker, OECD
·          Mr. Joscelyn MAGDELEINE, WTO
Session 2:
Why are FATS important for CEFTA trade in services and investment
      ·          Ms. Aleksandra RAKOVIC, CEFTA Secretariat
The use of statistics in DG Trade
·          Mr. Paul VERBURGT, DG Trade
Experience in collection of FATS (and FDI)
·          Albania
·         Bosnia and Herzegovina
Session 3:
From FDI statistics to FATS compilation
Introduction to relevant statistical frameworks (BPM6, BD4, HEGI, MSITS 2010), synergies and differences between frameworks, MSITS2010 Compilers Guide, Data collection tools
Establishing interagency cooperation:Legal frameworks, Institutional arrangements
·          Ms. Fabienne FORTANIER, OECD
·          Mr. Andreas MAURER, WTO
Experience in collection of FATS (and FDI)
·          Macedonia
·          Moldova
·          Montenegro
·          Serbia
·          Kosovo*
Session 4:
Compiling FATS
Basic concepts for compiling FATS. What are the variables for compilation? Classify variables by product/industry and country. Relate FATS to services
·          Mr. Koen Debacker, OECD
·          Mr. Joscelyn MAGDELEINE, WTO
·          Mr. Joscelyn MAGDELEINE, WTO
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSC 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence
Session 5:
Cross-cutting issues (quality, metadata)
·          Mr. Andreas MAURER, WTO
Technical assistance:
Existing provisions and arrangements in the area of FATS ( and trade in services statistics)
·          Mr. Andreas MAURER, WTO
Country experiences in data collection and compilation
Who does what and how?
·          Mr. Joscelyn MAGDELEINE, WTO
Session 6:
EU FATS Regulation and recommendations manual
FATS dissemination
·          Ms. Tatiana MRLIANOVA, EUROSTAT
Implementation of EU FATS Regulation: a country perspective

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