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International Monetary Fund. Statistics Dept.
The second phase of the G-20 Data Gaps Initiative and guidance on financial soundness indicators identify the residential property price index (RPPI) as a critical ingredient of financial stability policy analysis and macroprudential measures. At the request of the National Statistics Office of Georgia (Geostat), a technical assistance mission was conducted by the IMF’s Statistics Department (STA) to support the launch of a new quarterly RPPI for Georgia. This work was part of a three-year project to improve national accounts and price statistics in Eastern and Southeastern Europe, funded by the Government of The Netherlands. The mission finalized the preparatory work to disseminate the quarterly RPPI beginning in April 2021.
International Monetary Fund. Statistics Dept.
A national accounts statistics mission provided remote technical assistance in national accounts to the National Bureau of Statistics of Moldova (NBS) during January 17–28, 2022. The NBS has received extensive technical assistance from the IMF in recent years and has made good progress in improving the national accounts compilation. The GDP estimates are compiled according to the System of National Accounts, 2008. Recent national accounts technical assistance missions have assisted the NBS in improving the quarterly estimates of GDP, implementing chain-linked volume measures, and implementing the Statistical Classification of Economic Activities in the European Community (NACE rev.2), among other areas. The mission assisted in improving the annual GDP estimates for 2014 to 2020, to take account of revised population data and other additional source data. Estimates of GDP in current prices by production and by expenditure categories were reviewed and improved. Estimates of GDP in volume terms (at prices of the previous year) were compiled by production and expenditure categories. Both sets of GDP estimates were balanced at current prices and in volume terms. The mission recommended that, to improve the consistency and accuracy of the GDP estimates, the NBS develop a system to compile supply and use tables on a regular basis.
International Monetary Fund. European Dept.
Iceland's economy has weathered multiple shocks since 2019 relatively well. The economic outlook is positive but suggests long-term scarring. The risks are tilted to the downside and are associated with the global impact of a potential escalation in the war in Ukraine, the pandemic, economic disruptions, and tighter global financial conditions. On the upside, tourism and new innovative industries could help the economy recover faster.