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Thomas Morrison
Published Date:
November 2005
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    Statistical capacity building: case studies and lessons learned / edited by Thomas K. Morrison with case studies by Zia Abbasi … [et al.] — [Washington, D.C.]: International Monetary Fund, 2005.

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    ISBN 9781589064423

    1. Economics —Statistical methods—Case studies. 2. Technical assistance—Case studies. 3. International Monetary Fund. I. Morrison, Thomas K. (Thomas Keith), 1944–II. Abbasi, Zia. III. International Monetary Fund. Statistics Dept.

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    Contents

    Preface

    Technical assistance is a key element in the role of the IMF Statistics Department. While in the early years it was provided as a support to the statistical publications program and to assist member countries in adopting internationally accepted methodologies, it evolved in the 1990s to respond to the broader demand that countries provide reliable data on a timely basis to policymakers and markets. In the wake of the financial crises of the 1990s, the Statistics Department spearheaded the drive to develop the data dissemination standards, as well as the Data Quality Assessment Framework (DQAF) that has been applied in many member countries in the context of Reports on the Observance of Standards and Codes (ROSCs). Technical assistance has been critical in assisting countries with their statistical capacity-building efforts to come into line with these international standards.

    The effectiveness of technical assistance is evaluated in several different ways, including inspection visits and regular feedback from users. Statistical Capacity Building: Case Studies and Lessons Learned complements these efforts by analyzing in greater depth the technical assistance experiences in four country case studies. The studies focus on countries that were in transition and postconflict situations in the 1990s and early 2000s. It is hoped that the conclusions and lessons learned from this report will inform future technical assistance efforts, and will also be a helpful reference to the wider international community, particularly countries undertaking statistical capacity-building programs and other technical assistance providers.

    The report was coordinated and edited by Thomas K. Morrison, advisor in the IMF’s Statistics Department. The authors of the case studies are Zia Abbasi and Noel Atcherley (long-term resident experts) and Jaroslav Kučera and Graham L. Slack (senior economists in the Statistics Department).

    Robert W. Edwards

    Director

    Statistics Department

    International Monetary Fund

    Abbreviations

    ADB

    Asian Development Bank

    ASYCUDA

    Automated System for Customs Data Administration

    BHAS

    Agency for Statistics of Bosnia and Herzegovina

    BiH

    Bosnia and Herzegovina

    BOP

    Balance of payments

    BOPSY

    Balance of Payments Statistics Yearbook, IMF

    BPM5

    Fifth edition of the Balance of Payments Manual, IMF

    CARDS

    Community Assistance for Reconstruction, Development, and Stabilization

    CBBH

    Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina

    CDC

    Council for the Development of Cambodia

    CED

    Customs and Excise Departmentz

    COM

    Council of Ministers

    CPI

    Consumer price index

    CSES

    Socioeconomic Survey of Cambodia

    DFUD

    Department of International Development

    DHS

    Demographic and Health Survey

    DQAF

    Data Quality Assessment Framework

    EC

    European Commission

    ESCAP

    Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

    EU

    European Union

    Eurostat

    Statistical Office of the European Communities

    Federation

    Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

    FIS

    Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Federal Institute of Statistics

    FMoF

    Federation Ministry of Finance

    GDDS

    General Data Dissemination System

    GDP

    Gross domestic product

    GFS

    Government finance statistics

    GFSM

    Government Finance Statistics Manual, 1986 and 2001, IMF

    Gosbank

    The State Bank of the Soviet Union

    GTZ

    German Technical Commission

    GVA

    Gross value added

    HBS

    Household Budget Survey

    IC

    International community

    IFS

    International Financial Statistics, IMF

    IIP

    International Investment Position

    ILO

    International Labor Organization

    IMF

    International Monetary Fund

    ISI

    International Statistical Institute

    ISTAT

    Italian National Institute of Statistics

    IT

    Information technology

    ITRS

    International Transactions Reporting System

    JICA

    Japan International Cooperation Agency

    JOCV

    Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers

    JSA

    Administered Account for Selected Fund Activities—Japan

    JVI

    Joint Vienna Institute

    KM

    Convertible Marka

    KOICA

    Korean International Cooperation Agency

    LFS

    Labor Force Survey

    LSMS

    Living Standards Measurement Survey

    MAFF

    Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries

    MDGs

    Millennium Development Goals

    MEF

    Ministry of Economy and Finance

    MFSM

    Monetary and Financial Statistics Manual, IMF

    MIME

    Ministry of Industry, Mines, and Energy

    MoC

    Ministry of Commerce

    MOEYS

    Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports

    MoH

    Ministry of Health

    MoP

    Ministry of Planning

    MoT

    Ministry of Tourism

    MPT

    Ministry of Post and Telecommunications

    MSA

    Multisector Advisor

    MTPW

    Ministry of Transport and Public Works

    NBBH

    National Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina

    NBC

    National Bank of Cambodia

    NBFRY

    National Bank of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

    NBRS

    National Bank of Republika Srpska

    NBU

    National Bank of Ukraine

    NIS

    National Institute of Statistics

    NOE

    Nonobserved economy

    NPRS

    National Poverty Reduction Strategy

    OHR

    Office of the High Representative

    PHARE

    Poland Hungary Action for Reconstruction of the Economy

    PMAS

    Poverty Monitoring and Analysis System

    PMG

    Priority Mission Group

    PMIS

    Poverty Monitoring Information System

    PPI

    Producer price index

    RDD

    Research and Development Department

    RGC

    Royal Government of Cambodia

    ROSC

    Report on the Observance of Standards and Codes

    RS

    Republika Srpska

    RSIS

    Republika Srpska Institute of Statistics

    SCB

    Statistics capacity building

    SDDS

    Special Data Dissemination Standard

    SEDP

    Socioeconomic Development Plan

    SFOR

    Stabilization Force

    SFRY

    Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

    SIAP

    Statistics Institute for Asia and the Pacific

    SIDA

    Swedish International Development Agency

    1993 SNA

    System of National Accounts 1993

    STA

    Statistics Department technical assistance, IMF

    TA

    Technical assistance

    TCAP

    Technical Cooperation Action Plan

    UK-DFID

    United Kingdom Department for International Development

    UNDP

    United Nations Development Program

    UNECE

    United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

    UNFPA

    United Nations Population Fund

    UNICEF

    United Nations Children’s Fund

    USAID

    United States Agency for International Development

    YUD

    Yugoslav dinars

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