|The Pacific Regional Trade Statistics Database project|
|Friday, 02 July 2010 14:26|
The Pacific Regional Trade Statistics Database project, funded by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) through its Facilitating Agricultural Commodity Trade (FACT) project, is on track to launch an online, freely accessible and searchable database.
The database will enable interested parties from around the world to access and analyse export and import data from 10 Pacific countries (Cook Islands, Fiji Islands, Kiribati, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu, at a Harmonized System code six-digit level, providing a level of accuracy and detail hitherto unavailable in the Pacific region.
Launching the database online will further increase the number of users in the region and their level of access to accurate trade data. This will significantly assist stakeholders both within and outside the region to develop accurate trade policy, better engage in trade negotiations and identify market opportunities. It will also reduce the burden on Pacific Island statistical departments to respond to external data requests.
Through this project, SPC will continue to provide capacity building assistance to government statistics departments and to contribute to improving the quality and availability of statistical information on trade.