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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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