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Macroeconomic Statistics

Virtual : Compilation of Balance of Payment Statistics (BPSCG)

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Session No.: AT 24.13V

Location: Ebene, Mauritius

Date: February 5-9, 2024 (1 week)

Delivery Method: Virtual Training

Primary Language: English

Interpretation Language: French Portuguese

    Target Audience

    Officials whose main responsibility is the compilation of balance of payments and/or international investment position (IIP) statistics. Participants should be familiar with the methodology of the sixth edition of the Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual (BPM6).

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    Participants are expected to have a degree in economics or statistics or equivalent experience and have at least one year of experience in compiling balance of payments and/or IIP.

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    Course Description

    This course, presented by the Statistics Department, provides practical advice on compiling and disseminating the international accounts (balance of payments and IIP) statistics based on the BPM6 Compilation Guide (the Guide). The purpose of the course is to demonstrate how the conceptual framework described in the BPM6 may be translated into practice. The course consists of a series of lectures, workshops, and discussions on methods for compiling international accounts. They focus on compilation practices, including data sources that international accounts can draw on, as well as complex methodological and compilation issues related to specific balance of payments and IIP components and other issues that cut across accounts. Participants have the opportunity to discuss compilation challenges they have encountered and gain insights into the analytical uses of the international accounts.

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    Course Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

    • Compile and disseminate balance of payments and IIP statistics using the techniques provided in the Guide. 
    • Identify new data sources to be used to improve the compilation of balance of payments and IIP statistics.
    • Apply statistical techniques for dealing with complex methodological and compilation issues.
    • Deepen their knowledge of the analytical use of balance of payments and IIP statistics.
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