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The Recommended Treatment of Selected Direct Investment Transactions

Classification of Financial Derivatives Involving Affiliated Enterprises in the Balance of Payments Statistics and the International Investment Position (IIP) Statement (231 kb PDF file), 2002

Foreign Direct Investment Statistics: How Countries Measure FDI

Foreign Direct Investment Trends and Statistics (paper for Executive Board seminar)

Foreign Direct Investment Trends and Statistics: A Summary (paper for Executive Board seminar)

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Balance of Payments Home Page

Dissemination Standards Bulletin Board (DSBB): metadata on SDDS and GDDS data categories

External Debt Statistics: debt data, conference on capital flows and debt statistics, final draft Guide for Compilers and Users, and other selected publications

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Last Updated: July 26, 2006

October 2003 Report on 2001 SIMSDI Update

The joint IMF/OECD report on the outcome of the 2001 SIMSDI update was published in October 2003 as Foreign Direct Investment Statistics: How Countries Measure FDI. The report highlights the progress made since the 1997 SIMSDI survey and identifies areas where more than 75 percent of countries surveyed now implement the recommended methodology for compiling FDI statistics, as well as those aspects where the majority of countries do not yet follow the international standards. The report includes summary tables showing the practices in 2001 and changes since the 1997 SIMSDI survey for OECD and non-OECD countries, as well as detailed cross-country comparison tables that describe the practices in 2001 of the participating countries (by individual country for the 56 countries that agreed to make their information available to the general public, and in summary form for the remaining five countries). To supplement the report, summary metadata for each of the 56 countries that agreed to release their information to the general public are also available on this website. These metadata describe the dissemination and compilation practices, data sources, and methodology used by the individual countries in 2001 and indicate whether those practices are in accordance with the international methodological standards for compiling FDI statistics.

March 2000 Report on the 1997 SIMSDI Survey
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The final version of the joint IMF/OECD report on the outcome of the 1997 SIMSDI survey, Report on the Survey of Implementation of Methodological Standards for Direct Investment, was disseminated in March 2000. The report summarizes the extent to which the participating countries had adopted the international standards for direct investment statistics and identifies the major improvements that had taken place since a survey of that type had last been undertaken in 1991 (for the IMF Report on the Measurement of International Capital Flows—the so-called Godeaux Report). The report also provides summary information, broken down by OECD and non-OECD regions, on FDI methodology, dissemination practices, data sources, and availability of geographic and industrial sector breakdowns of the data.