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Press Release No. 04/48
March 8, 2004
International Monetary Fund
700 19th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20431 USA

The Kyrgyz Republic Subscribes to the IMF's Special Data Dissemination Standard

On February 26, 2004 the Kyrgyz Republic became the 57th subscriber to the International Monetary Fund's Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS), marking a major step forward in the development of the country's statistical system. The Kyrgyz authorities view subscription as the culmination of many initiatives on the statistical front. The Kyrgyz Republic was among the first group of countries who participated in the IMF's General Data Dissemination System (GDDS) to have metadata posted to the IMF's Dissemination Standards Bulletin Board (DSBB), serving as an example for other countries in the region. The Kyrgyz Republic is the fourth country of the Commonwealth of Independent States to subscribe to the SDDS and the fourth country to move from the GDDS to SDDS subscription, again providing an example to be followed by GDDS participants.

The SDDS, established by the IMF in March 1996, is intended to guide members in the provision of their economic and financial data to the public. Subscription to the SDDS is expected to enhance the availability of timely and comprehensive statistics and thereby contribute to the pursuit of sound macroeconomic policies and the improved functioning of financial markets. The SDDS identifies four dimensions of data dissemination—the data: coverage, periodicity, and timeliness; access by the public; the integrity of the disseminated data; and the quality of the disseminated data. Although subscription is voluntary, a subscribing member commits to observe the standard and to provide information (metadata) to the IMF about its data dissemination practices. This information is made publicly available on the IMF's DSBB http://dsbb.imf.org/Applications/web/sddscountrycategorylist/?strcode=KGZ.

Since its independence in 1991, the Kyrgyz Republic has made a significant effort to bring its official statistics in line with international standards. This effort has been supported by technical assistance from the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the IMF, and the World Bank.

The DSBB now provides comprehensive documentation in English on the Kyrgyz Republic's statistical practices for SDDS data categories, hyperlinked to actual country data included in the mandatory National Summary Data Page maintained by the Kyrgyz national statistical office http://stat.kg/nsdp.




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