Online Training Course on ‘International Trade Statistics and Balance of Payments’ for the Benefit of Benin

Date : 08-11 February 2021 Venue : Virtual-SESRIC, Ankara - Turkey

Within the framework of its Statistical Capacity Building (StatCaB) Programme, SESRIC organised an Online Training Course on ‘International Trade Statistics and Balance of Payments’ for the benefit of the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Analysis (INSAE) of Benin on 08-11 February 2021.

Mr. Adama SECK, Head of National Accounts Department at the National Agency for Statistics and Demography (ANSD) of Senegal, conducted the course with the participation of 23 officials from INSAE of Benin, Ministry of Economy and Finance of Benin, Ministry of Industry and Trade of Benin, and Central Bank of West African States. In addition, experts from the National Statistical Offices (NSOs) of 5 OIC countries including Djibouti, Guinea, Mali, Morocco, and Tunisia joined the online training course as well.

The Online Training Course covered the following topics:

  • Concepts and Definitions of International Trade Statistics
  • Concepts, Definitions, Structures, Headings, and Principles of Balance of Payments (BOP) Compilation
  • Translation of the various transactions and operations of the BOP into the nomenclature of the National Accounting system
  • Case studies on dividends and reinvested earnings
  • Case studies on the treatment of Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) – Free on Board (FOB) correction and territorial correction
  • BOP and international trade account
  • BOP as an economic analysis tool

The course was conducted through a video conferencing platform by following synchronous learning and instruction approaches designed in line with the virtual training solutions undertaken by SESRIC in order to better serve the Centre’s training activities and keep participants motivated and engaged during this time of global crisis due to COVID-19.

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