Mr. Vu Thanh Liem, Deputy Director General of GSO chaired the meeting

In the morning, November 18, 2019, in Hanoi, the General Statistics Office (GSO) had a warm reception for Mr. Simon Humphrises – the expert of the ASEAN Regional Integration Support project by the EU (ARISE Plus). Mr. Vu Thanh Liem, Deputy Director General of GSO chaired the meeting.

The objective of this mission of Mr. Simon Humphrises is to continue to provide Vietnam Statistics with technical assistance in statistics on International Trade in Services (SITS).

In the period 2010 – 2018, supported by the EU-ASEAN Capacity Building Project for Monitoring Integration on Progress and Statistics (COMPASS), the Vietnam Statistics has researched and basically completed the SITS according to the methodology, ensuring international comparability, the comparability in the ASEAN region and in line with Vietnam’s practices. To further improve this statistical work and to meet the need for more detailed and comprehensive data, GSO proposed technical assistance from the ARISE Plus project for the following contents: (1) Travel services especially on import side; (2) Foreign affiliates statistics (FATS); (3) Revision on Vietnam classification International Trade in Services (VCITS) under the sixth edition of the Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual (BPM6); (4) Collecting data on SITS by partner country; (5) Statistics on trade in services by mode of supply.

Mr. Simon Humphrises – the expert of ARISE Plus spoke at the meeting 

During the 5-day mission of ARISE Plus expert to Vietnam, November 18-22, 2019, GSO will invite representatives of relevant ministries and line-ministries to attend working sessions to discuss with the expert and share about existing data sources towards coordinating to share information about SITS in the coming time.

Speaking at the reception, Deputy Director General Vu Thanh Liem believed that the GSO would get a lot of useful knowledge from the expert’s sharing with his seasoned experience for improving the SITS.

The expert of ARISE Plus – Mr, Simon Humphrises affirmed that he would work the best to support the Vietnam Statistics to solve the difficulties in the field of SITS.