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Thomas Morrison
Published Date:
November 2005
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© 2005 International Monetary Fund

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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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