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Macroeconomic Statistics

Compilation of Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Statistics


Session No.: GT 19.01

Location: Tbilisi, Georgia

Date: May 13-24, 2019 (2 weeks)

Primary Language: English

Interpretation Language: Russian

    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 andInternational Investment Position Manual (BPM6).
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    Participants should have a degree in economics or statistics or equivalent experience and have some experience in compiling balance of payments and/or IIP.
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    Course Description

    This course, presented by the IMF's Statistics Department, is intended to provide participants with a thorough understanding of the conceptual framework for the compilation of external sector statistics (ESS) (balance of payments and IIP) with practical guidance on the collection and analysis of these data. It comprises lectures, discussions, practical exercises, and case studies. The course will focus on compilation practices, including data sources that international accounts can draw on, as well as complex methodological issues related to specific balance of payments and IIP components. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss compilation difficulties they have encountered; and gain insights into the analytical use of the international accounts.

    The course will be delivered in English with simultaneous translation to Russian.

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    Course Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
    • Compile balance of payments and IIP according to the BPM6 conceptual framework.
    • Identify potential new data sources for compiling balance of payments and IIP in participating countries.
    • Apply statistical techniques for dealing with complex methodological and compilation issues.
    • Illustrate the relationship between the IIP and the balance of payments, and how balance of payments and IIP data can be integrated into the general macroeconomic framework.
    • Benefit from the experiences of other compilers through peer learning opportunities.
    • Deepen their knowledge of the analytical use of balance of payments and IIP statistics.
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