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Macroeconomic Statistics

Government Finance and Public Sector Debt Statistics (GFS-PDS)

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Session No.: AT 24.43

Location: Ebene, Mauritius

Date: June 17-28, 2024 (2 weeks)

Delivery Method: Blended Training

Primary Language: English

Interpretation Language: French

    Target Audience

    Officials at ministries of finance, central banks and other agencies in charge of compiling government finance statistics and public debt statistics.

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    Participants are expected to have a degree in economics, public financial management or statistics or the equivalent. Familiarity with Microsoft Excel is essential as many practical exercises require use of Excel.

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    Course Description

    This course, presented by the Statistics Department, introduces the conceptual frameworks and practical aspects to build prerequisite knowledge for the compilation of government finance and public sector debt statistics that are useful for policy- and decision-makers, as well as other users. The course material is based on the Government Finance Statistical Manual 2014 (GFSM 2014) and the Public Sector Debt Statistics: Guide for Compilers and Users 2011 (PSDSG 2011) - which both are harmonized with other macroeconomic statistical frameworks.
    The course covers fundamental principles, definitions, and classifications, accounting rules (including accrual accounting and consolidation), balance sheets and public sector debt instruments, and the sources and methods relevant to the compilation of fiscal and debt statistics. It also deals with the data dissemination and highlight its importance in fiscal analysis and debt sustainability analyses (DSA). Additionally, it covers the data dissemination and highlight its importance in debt sustainability analyses (DSA) and fiscal analysis. Case studies, online self-paced blended learning, in-person lectures, and peer-to-peer learning are incorporated into the curriculum to familiarize participants with the practical aspects of compiling government finance and public sector debt statistics. As eligibility requirements, selected applicants are required to complete self-paced online tutorials and prepare short presentation on chosen topics relating to the compilation of government finance and public debt statistics in their respective countries.

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    Course Objectives

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

    • Explain the basic concepts and principles for the compilation of government finance and public sector debt statistics.
    • Explain the GFS framework and how it relates to public sector debt statistics.
    • Apply the main macroeconomic principles to identify public sector institutional units and distinguish between general government units and public corporations.
    • Apply the basic macroeconomic concepts, principles, and accounting rules to identify, classify, and record transactions, other economic flows, and stock positions according to GFSM 2014.
    • Classify public sector debt positions according to the PSDSG 2011 classifications.
    • Compile the relevant GFS and PSDS statistical tables that are suitable for fiscal analysis and reporting to the IMF and World Bank databases.
    • Explain how specific government operations and other flows outside the government control impact the fiscal deficit/surplus, debt, and net worth.
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