MEDSTAT IV gathers in Munich statisticians to discuss a regional manual (March 12-14, 2019)
Road transport is an important component of transport statistics in the MED countries, for both merchandises and passengers. It was thus just a matter of time before they decide to work on a common methodology, inspired by the EU standards. The end product of the regional work will be a manual on statistics for road freight transport that will present a synthesis of the existing International and European technical references in this area, describe the local context in each MED country and propose recommendations for rules and standards tailored to the needs in the MED region. The participants agreed to review the work at successive steps of the finalisation of the manual and to make every efforts for the publication to be released at the end of May.
The meeting was also the opportunity to address air transport and in particular the statistical systems in the airports. Mirror analyses show that they may be differences in the estimations of the flows of freight and passengers between outbound and inbound airports, even if they record the same number of flights. These differences may be studied for the good of the valuation of the exchanges among countries.
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