This Technical Assistance Report discusses the findings and recommendations made by the IMF mission about compilation and dissemination of government finance statistics (GFS) in Rwanda. The mission reviewed the roadmap of the interagency GFS technical working group, the structure of the public sector, the GFS compilation process, and the conversion of source data to standard fiscal tables consistent with international standards. The mission fully endorsed the authorities’ work program going forward, and agreed that the step-by-step approach starting with producing solid and credible budgetary central government data. The mission cautioned that increasing frequency and expanding coverage of fiscal reports to include the local government sector and, eventually, the extrabudgetary units, will need to be an iterative process requiring continued determined efforts.
Ms. Claudia H Dziobek, Mr. Alberto F Jimenez de Lucio, and Mr. James A Chan
This note addresses the following main issues: • Statistical definitions of government (Government Finance Statistics Manual 2001) • Institutional structure of government and public sector • What is a precise definition of government and why it is relevant • Potential pitfalls of lacking a precise definition of government • Definitions of government in IMF-supported programs • Applications for fiscal rules and other fiscal policy design
This report provides a summary of Costa Rica’s macroeconomic data dissemination practices against the IMF’s Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS), together with a summary assessment of the dimensions of data quality underlying national accounts statistics, consumer and producer price statistics, government finance statistics, monetary statistics, and balance-of-payments statistics. The authorities are in observance of nearly all SDDS specifications used by the IMF to determine observance of the Standard—that is, coverage, periodicity, and timeliness of the data and the dissemination of advance release calendars. In some instances, timeliness exceeds SDDS requirements.