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Virtual : Sector Classification of Public Sector Units: A Practical Workshop

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Session No.: SA 22.05V

Location: New Delhi, India

Date: March 21-25, 2022 (1 week)

Primary Language: English

    Target Audience

    Officials who are engaged in the collection and compilation of data for government and public sector statistical reporting. Representation from all units involved in statistical compilation (e.g. Ministry of Finance, Statistical Office, Central Bank) will be beneficial.

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

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    Course Description

    The course will introduce participants to the concepts that underpin the identification and correct sector classification of public sector entities, with particular focus on extrabudgetary units and state-owned enterprises. Participants will receive practical advice on how to apply the sector classification guidance in the Government Finance Statistics Manual 2014 (GFSM 2014), using a framework of standardized questions. Group exercises in a workshop environment will deepen understanding and build learner confidence in applying the framework and concepts, with the final section of the course requiring participants to apply the learning to examples in their own country before reconvening to discuss and share the insights gained. In addition to hands-on experience in the application of sector classification principles, participants will explore, at a high-level, the issues that it is important to consider when collecting and compiling data from entities that are outside of direct budgetary controls and reporting. However, the details of how to compile data for newly classified entities is beyond the scope of this course.

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    Course Objectives

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

    • Identify public sector units and classify them to the appropriate subsector in accordance with GFSM 2014. This is particularly relevant given the growing interest in the SOEs workstream.
    • Appropriately document and disseminate sector classification decisions relating to public sector units.
    • Recognize key design principles to consider when broadening the sector coverage of fiscal statistics.
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