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Macroeconomic Statistics

Public Sector Debt Statistics - Advanced (PDS-A)

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Session No.: HQ 24.03

Location: Washington, D.C., United States

Date: March 18-22, 2024 (1 week)

Delivery Method: In-person Training

Primary Language: English

    Target Audience

    Officials whose main responsibility, for at least three years, has been compiling and disseminating public sector debt statistics (PSDS) and who are regularly faced with more complex PSDS methodological and compilation issues, such as those described below.

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    Participants are expected to have a degree in economics, public financial management, statistics or equivalent experience. It is strongly recommended that applicants first complete the online Public Sector Debt Statistics (PSDSx) or the Public Sector Debt Statistics – Fundamental (PDS-F) courses. Selection will be based on the criteria, if an official successfully completed the PSDSx or PDS-F. 

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    Course Description

    This course, presented by the Statistics Department, focuses on the conceptual framework of public sector debt statistics as presented in the Government Finance Statistics Manual 2014 (GFSM 2014) and the Public Sector Debt Statistics: Guide for Compilers and Users (PSDSG). The course requires that participants are familiar with the basic government finance statistics (GFS) and PSDS framework and classification system. Emphasizing the integration of stock positions and flows in the framework, the course addresses more complex issues regarding the:definition of gross and net debt in terms of debt instruments;coverage and sectorization of the public sector, with special attention to borderline and complex cases;valuation of public sector debt statistics; andconsolidation of public sector debt statistics.In addition, the course addresses a number of complex cross-cutting PSDS issues, such as government employee pension liabilities, standardized guarantee schemes, contracts, leases, licenses, public-private partnerships, and the balance sheet approach (BSA) to identify risks and vulnerabilities.The format is lectures and discussions.

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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 of the central government.
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