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The main reason for this publication is to address the growing demand from governments, business, and analysts, for more relevant, detailed, and internationally comparable statistics on trade. With a special emphasis given to the statistical information needs of international trade negotiations and agreements. It provides a coherent conceptual framework within which countries can structure the statistics they collect and disseminate on international services trade, and recommends some means of making the data more efficient. The manual describes the four modes through which international services are traded and takes a broader and more detailed view of international trade in services as opposed to the more conventional balance of payments analysis performed by other manuals. Approaches to best implement the recommendations that are proposed are also provided in the manual.