Silvia Matei is a Senior Economist in the Balance of Payments Division of the IMF’s Statistics Department since 2009. Previously, she had worked in the Real Sector Division of the same department for eight years. She has contributed extensively to the IMF’s capacity development work in the two core areas, i.e., national accounts and external sector statistics. In the research field, Ms. Matei has been an active contributor to the preparation of international statistical standards while representing the IMF in international fora on trade statistics. She is currently the co-Secretary of the Current Account Task Team, as part of the Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual, Sixth Edition (BPM6) update. Prior to joining the IMF in May 2001, she had worked for about 10 years in the National Institute of Statistics of Romania in the national accounts area.