Phnom Penh, 24 November 2023 – A training session on the "Policy and Procedural Guideline on International Merchandise Trade Statistics (IMTS)" was conducted on 21-22 November 2023 at the National Customs School.
Organized by the General Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE), in collaboration with ARISE Plus Cambodia, the training aimed to equip the officials from relevant ministries and institutions with knowledge of IMTS policy and procedural guideline to enhance the understanding on the technical methods and production stages, and effective utilization of the statistics.
The training was attended by a total of 35 participants. These included the officials from the GDCE, other relevant departments of Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), Ministry of Commerce(MOC), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), National Institute of Statistics (NIS) and National Bank of Cambodia (NBC).
As noted during the opening remark of H.E. Se Sokhorn, the GDCE Deputy Director General, the IMTS guidelines and procedures are crucial for the collection and production of international trade statistics, particularly for the GDCE, which is the primary entity tasked with gathering, compiling, analyzing, publishing, and distributing these official statistics.
While pointing out the significant role of statistics in shaping policies, particularly national economic policies, H.E. also mentioned the complexity of producing statistics. This complexity necessitates clear guidelines for both producers and users to avoid the production and use of inaccurate and biased statistics.
Align with the project’s objective to support the enhancement of Cambodia’s trade and investment statistics, ARISE Plus Cambodia have been working closely with the GDCE and other partners on this improvement of the IMTS since 2019. This collaboration has focused on enhancing capacity in various aspects of IMTS, including methodology, data extraction techniques, utilization of international classifications, and the development of policy and procedure guidelines for IMTS users.
As a result of these efforts, the GDCE is now able to regularly publish trade statistics on their website on a monthly basis. The project congratulates the GDCE and relevant partners on this significant progress and will continue this joint effort to further enhance the quality of IMTS in Cambodia.
Co-funded by the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the ARISE Plus Cambodia supports this initiative as part of its key support to the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia in strengthening institutional capacities and improving regulatory practices with a view to achieving a more transparent, predictable and competitive trade environment.
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Kamrang Ke, Advisor – Trade-related Coordination and Transparency
(photo by the GDCE)