D.  Country experiences

5.32.        Section D contains descriptions of three country experiences, each of which represents a specific practice adopted by a given country. The experience of Italy shows that  persistent difficulty with access to the general statistical register, in addition to other statistical problems with obtaining a survey frame relevant for cross-border phenomena, may lead to a decision to create a specific SBR to support the compilation system for external sector accounts. The case of Spain demonstrates the complexity of issues that must be overcome to build a tailor-made TIS-R when the general SBR, traditionally used as the statistical frame for almost all business surveys, does not contain the variables needed for the direct identification of exporters and importers of services. The experience of Uruguay proves that sustained efforts can result in developing a register that can provide a basis for the compilation of statistics on the international supply of services under the circumstances that developing countries usually face. 


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