Title of the activity
Trade in Value-Added Statistics and Global Value Chains
Activity Type
Thematic course
The course is targeted at trade statisticians and economist-statisticians, involved in the compilation of trade-related statistics and/or the analysis of international trade.
The course addresses the concept and the statistical approach of Trade in Value Added (TiVA) as well as the different ways to assess the impact of Global Value Chains (GVCs) on trade. Individual sessions will cover a wide range of topics related to TiVA and GVCs. The first day of the training will be devoted to the role of the WTO to foster the integration of developing economies in GVCs as well as the key trade policy messages arising from TiVA. The next days will focus on the statistics and methodology underlying TiVA data as well as the detailed presentation of TiVA-GVC indicators most commonly used for trade analysis.
In addition to presentations from WTO staff and experts from other international organizations, live demos and interactive hands-on-exercises will be organized to assist the trainees in using TiVA online databases and demonstrate the way TiVA indicators are compiled. A set of GVC case studies in developing economies will also be presented to the audience.

Two international experts will also be participating in the training, for two days each. ERSD organizers will consider the use of videoconferencing to access additional external expert(s) with specific expertise.
Active participation from the participants is expected and fostered through group discussions, round tables and the sharing of experience.
Host Country
Trade topic
Start Date
End Date
1 - Fluency in English, with an excellent ability to communicate in English both orally and in writing.
2- Excellent knowledge and significant professional experience in international trade statistics (merchandise and/or services' trade).
3- Advanced skills in Excel software and in the use of online statistical databases (for hands-on exercises).
4- Basic knowledge of: National accounts statistics (GDP, value added, Supply-Use tables). Global value chains.
5- Preference will be given to candidates having successfully completed the WTO e-learning course "Introduction to the WTO" (see
Target Audience
Government officials
Key Result
1. Government officials are implementing WTO Agreements and fully realising Members' rights and obligations
Key Output
1.1: Government officials have enhanced knowledge about the WTO Agreements, formulation of trade policies and conduct of trade negotiations
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