Note on external trade index construction in African countries
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)Ledoux, H.;
United Nations. Economic and Social Council;
United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
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The end-use categories and the geographical areas which the partial indices refer to as well as the periodicity of index construction and the basis adopted both for purposes of calculation and publication differ considerably between countries. Moreover it was noted that the traditional methodology is not suitable for countries where the composition the value and the volume of external trade are changing considerably in the short run.