Press Release: The Republic of Kosovo Begins Participation in the IMF's General Data Dissemination System
April 1, 2011Press Release No. 11/108
April 1, 2011
The Republic of Kosovo began participating in the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) General Data Dissemination System (GDDS) on April 1, 2011, marking a major step forward in the development of its statistical system. Comprehensive information on Kosovo’s statistical production and dissemination practices now appears on the IMF’s Dissemination Standards Bulletin Board (http://dsbb.imf.org/Applications/web/gdds/gddscountrylist/).
To mark the occasion, Mr. Gani Gërguri, Acting Governor of the Central Bank of the Republic of Kosovo noted: “Kosovo is committed to using the IMF’s General Data Dissemination System as a general framework to continue developing the national statistical system consistent with best international practices. The participation of Kosovo in the GDDS will also lead to the production and dissemination of more reliable and timely statistics.”
Ms. Adelheid Burgi-Schmelz, Director of the IMF Statistics Department, welcomed Kosovo’s participation in the GDDS and observed: “Kosovo’s participation in the GDDS is a major milestone in the country’s statistical development. I am confident that Kosovo will benefit from using the GDDS as a framework for further development of its statistical system.”
The GDDS was established by the IMF in 1997. It provides a framework to help countries to develop their statistical systems to produce comprehensive and accurate statistics for policymaking and analysis. Kosovo is the 98th GDDS participant, excluding the countries that have graduated from the GDDS to the Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS).