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Macroeconomic Statistics

Public Sector Debt Statistics

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Session No.: CE 20.07

Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Date: February 9-20, 2020 (2 weeks) New dates

Primary Language: Arabic

    Target Audience

    Officials whose main responsibility is compiling public sector debt statistics.

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    Qualifications

    Participants should have a degree in economics or statistics or equivalent experience.

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    Course Description

    This course, conducted by the IMF Statistics Department, deals with the conceptual framework of public sector debt statistics as presented in the Public Sector Debt Statistics Guide and on the practical aspects of compiling public sector debt data. Basic concepts, accounting principles, and detailed classifications are discussed in the context of methodology harmonized with government finance statistics and the system of national accounts. The course examines coverage and accounting rules for public sector debt, valuation, classification, important methodological issues, and the sources and methods used for compiling the statistics. It also deals with reporting debt data to the IMF and the World Bank. The course is organized around a series of case studies.

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    Course Objectives

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

    • Define gross and net debt and explain the basic concepts and accounting principles that apply to compilation of public sector debt statistics.
    • Classify public sector debt positions according to the Public Sector Debt Statistics Guide classifications.
    • Apply the general principles to classify an entity in the public sector and in relevant subsectors of the public sector, such as the general government and public corporations.
    • Report to the IMF and the World Bank quarterly public sector debt statistics; covering at a minimum the central government.
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