The course addressed the concept of trade in value added (TiVA) - the domestic value-added content in an economy's exports – and the statistical approach to measuring this trade. Participants also looked at the different ways to assess the impact of global value chains (GVCs) on trade. The objective was to help participants gain a better understanding of the policy implications of TiVA and the repercussions of GVCs on trade, particularly from a development perspective. The participants also acquired knowledge about TiVA and GVC statistical indicators and familiarized themselves with online TiVA databases such as the OECD-WTO TiVA database.

In addition to presentations, the course consisted of round tables, live demonstrations and interactive hands-on-exercises. Among the presenters were international experts from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD). On the final day, a round table bringing together experts from WTO delegations debated the future needs for GVC statistics.

Nermeen Nermeen Elmeligy, Senior Economic Analyst of the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Egypt, who participated in the course, said: “It was my first experience regarding trade in value added and global value chains. The course tackled both concepts in a great way.” She said the participants’ knowledge about the concepts was greatly enhanced through the weeklong training and she hopes to put this knowledge into practice through more practical courses.

VivianaViviana Araneda Urbina, Head of Global Value Chains Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Chile, said that the knowledge she has gained from the course will support the work of the Chilean government in global value chains.

Zanaib Zainab Chaumun, Senior Trade Policy Analyst from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade of Mauritius, said: “This course has been very productive. I now have a much better understanding of trade patterns and value added in global value chains.”

LamyaLamya Darhrham from the Foreign Trade Statistics Department of the Ministry of Foreign Exchange Office in Morocco said: “I found the content of this course really useful, and I hope it will help me in my daily work.”

The programme for the course is available here.

The WTO maintains a portal to support the exchange of projects, experiences and practical approaches in measuring and analysing trade in value added and global value chains.  The portal can be accessed here.

Further information on WTO technical assistance and training can be found here.




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