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International Monetary Fund. Statistics Dept.
Published Date:
February 2016
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    IMF COMMITTEE ON BALANCE OF PAYMENTS STATISTICS 2015 ANNUAL REPORT

    February 4, 2016

    Executive Summary

    The 2015 Annual Report of the IMF Committee on Balance of Payments Statistics (Committee) provides an overview of recent trends in global balance of payments and international investment position (IIP) statistics, summarizes the Committee’s work program during 2015, and presents the work program of the Committee in the coming year.

    During 2015, the IMF Statistics Department (STA), in consultation with the Committee, continued work in implementing the sixth edition of the Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual (BPM6), made significant progress in expanding the availability of external sector statistics for surveillance and analytical purposes, and continued providing guidance on emerging conceptual and methodological issues.

    In 2016, the top priorities of the Committee and STA will remain the implementation of BPM6 by developing a tailored approach for countries with low resource and statistical capacity, closing data gaps on cross-border financial interconnectedness and balance sheet analysis, and providing methodological guidance on emerging issues.

    The full set of papers presented at the Committee’s 2015 meeting is available at http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/bop/2015/28.htm.

    Approved By

    Louis Marc Ducharme

    Prepared by Manik Shrestha, Alicia Hierro, and Tamara Razin of Statistics Department

    Glossary

    BIS

    Bank for International Settlements

    BOPSY

    Balance of Payments Statistics Yearbook

    BPM5

    Balance of Payments Manual, fifth edition

    BPM6

    Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual, sixth edition

    CDIS

    Coordinated Direct Investment Survey

    COFER

    Currency Composition of Official Foreign Exchange Reserves

    Committee

    IMF Committee on Balance of Payments Statistics

    CPIS

    Coordinated Portfolio Investment Survey

    DGI

    Data Gaps Initiative

    IIP

    International investment position

    IFS

    International Financial Statistics

    IOs

    International organizations

    SNA

    System of National Accounts

    STA

    IMF Statistics Department

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