On 20th September 2012, the Second Meeting takes place in the General Department of Viet Nam Customs’ office (Lot E3, Duong Dinh Nghe street, Cau Giay district, Ha Noi, Viet Nam). Representatives from National Statistical Office-BPS of Indonesia, Department of Statistics-DOS of Malaysia, EU-ASEAN Statistical Capacity Building Programme (EASCAB Program), General Statistical Office (GSO) of Viet Nam, General Department of Viet Nam Customs (GDVC) are in the attendance of the Meeting.
Mr. Nguyen Cong Binh, Deputy Director General of Viet Nam Customs delivered the opening remarks. Mr. Nguyen Cong Binh highlights that this is the first Viet Nam Customs to do the mirror analysis (asymmetry analysis) with trading partners. In delivering his opening remarks, Mr. Nguyen Cong Binh expressed his gratitude to the EASCAB Programme for the support and contributions to ASEAN Countries under several IMTS activities under various activities related to IMTS such as harmonization of methodology, training of trainers, data quality assurances and organization of ASEAN IMTS Task Force Meeting… in order to follow the international recommendations and standards in the area of IMTS. He highlighted that this second Meeting will move to the next step to examine the reasons for the major possible discrepancies identified between the participating countries’ data. He also encouraged the participants to actively involve in the discussion and come up with recommendation to the decision makers. Mr. Nguyen Cong Binh reiterated that the mirror exercise will hopefully improve the quality of the trade data between participating countries and gradually to the ASEAN as a region.
The Meeting was chaired by Mr. Romesh Paul, Team Leader of the EASCAB Programme/Lead Expert in IMTS. He showed his appreciation to General Department of Viet Nam Customs and for hosting the second mirror analysis meeting. It is expected that the results of the Meeting will be presented forward to the next IMTS Task Force Meeting and ASEAN Community Statistical System (ACSS) Meeting to be held in Siem Reap, Cambodia on 26-28th September for further guidance.
Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam’s methodologies for compilation of IMTS (based on surveyed questionnaires) are also examined by participants to identify the possible differences which may lead to the gap in bilateral trade data at the Meeting.
With active and two-way discussion amongst participants during the Meeting, the main reasons for asymmetries or discrepancies for top 20 products (HS 6 or 8) between Indonesia-Vietnam, Malaysia-Vietnam, Indonesia-Malaysia are identified as follows: third country attribution, country of origin and country of consignment; misclassification due to misinterpretation of products; exchange of goods without declaration on one side; different customs procedure; time-lag; different trade system; ...
Participants in the second Meeting
Along this line, the First Preparatory Meeting of Mirror Analysis on International Merchandise Trade Statistics (IMTS) between Indonesia, Malaysia and Viet Nam was held on 11th July at the office of Department of Statistics of Malaysia, Putrajaya. Indonesia, Malaysia and Viet Nam are participating countries in the exercise with technical assistance from EASCAB Programme. At the first Meeting, participants got an overview on mirror analysis such as: the methodology for mirror analysis and reasons for asymmetries and understanding national methodologies in compilation of IMTS. Participants agreed to use data for 2010 (revised) and 2011 (preliminary) for mirror analysis.