European Union Office in Kosovo 
European Union Special Representative in Kosovo

The European Union supports improvement of foreign trade statistics in Turkmenistan

10/12/2018 - 10:01
Better Public Services

A workshop on External Trade Statistics for East Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia Countries including Turkmenistan takes place in Ashgabat on 10 and 11 December 2018. The European Statistical Office, Eurostat* provides and finances expert assistance, contributing to a project on improving foreign trade statistics of Turkmenistan in line with international standards.

The workshop in Ashgabat gathers statistics experts from all EECCA (Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia) countries: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan, as well as international partners (EFTA, Eurostat, UNDP Turkmenistan, UNECE, UNESCAP, UNSTAT, CIS States), and international donors. 

During two days, the participants discuss the experience of TurkmenStat with transitioning to the latest version of EUROTRACE**, get familiar with the Russian version of EUROTRACE software and training materials which could be useful to the other Russian-speaking EECCA countries, discuss advantages and challenges of EUROTRACE for the EECCA countries, and also discuss the integration of EUROTRACE with other software, such as on customs data. The participants also familiarize themselves with other available statistical tools, developed and distributed by Eurostat, such as ETERES, software for the compilation of national accounts. 

In 2016 UNDP Turkmenistan launched a joint project with TurkmenStat to improve foreign trade statistics of Turkmenistan in line with international standards. During 2016-2018, Eurostat contributed to this project by providing and financing expert assistance.

With the Eurostat's support, during the first phase, the experts assessed the situation in Turkmenistan regarding the production of trade statistics and provided a number of recommendations. These included an upgrade of the EUROTRACE software to its latest version and adjustment of old and new databases. During the second phase, the experts carried out installation and trainings for the experts of TurkmenStat. 


* Eurostat (European Statistical Office) is a Directorate-General of the European Commission.

** EUROTRACE is an application for collection, compilation and dissemination of external trade data at national and regional level. It is a generic and open system able to be adapted to national, regional requirements and to most types of statistics. EUROTRACE is distributed free of charge by Eurostat as a part of statistical cooperation with third countries.  With the UNDP’s support, EUROTRACE was translated into Russian language and a number of training materials in Russian were developed and conducted for TurkmenStat and Customs Service of Turkmenistan.