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1.1 The primary purpose of this Compilation Guide on Financial Soundness Indicators (the Guide) is to provide guidance on the concepts and definitions, and sources and techniques, for the compilation and dissemination of the financial soundness indicators (FSIs) identified by the IMF’s Executive Board (see Table 1.1). The Guide is intended to encourage compilation of FSIs and promote cross-country comparability of these data, as well as assist compilers and users of FSI data, for the purpose of supporting national and international surveillance of financial systems.

Mr. Raphael A Espinoza, Ms. Ghada Fayad, and Mr. Ananthakrishnan Prasad

Abstract

The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have gone through considerable changes in the last decade, spurred by high oil prices and ambitious diversification plans.1 The changes have affected literally all sectors of the economy. Large-scale immigration has provided the labor force while capital inflows and financial development have leveraged oil wealth to finance diversification. Regional integration plans are advancing although it is not clear yet what the prospects are for monetary union.