Appendix 3. Role of National GDDS Coordinators

International Monetary Fund. Statistics Dept.
Published Date:
December 2013
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1. By participating in the GDDS, the country accepts the use of the GDDS as a framework for improving its statistical system. The national statistical agencies are expected to use the GDDS as their management tool to set a strategy for the improvement of statistics, identify strengths and weaknesses of the current system, develop plans for improvement, set priorities for improvement, and allocate appropriate resources to do so. An effective national GDDS coordinator plays a critical role in promoting the GDDS as a pivotal tool in a national statistical system.

2. This appendix describes the role and responsibilities of the GDDS coordinator and the tasks he/she is expected to accomplish on a regular basis.

Communication with the IMF

3. Main contact person. The coordinator is the main contact person for all issues related to the GDDS. Thus, for any GDDS-related issues, the IMF staff will normally communicate directly with the coordinator, who will then be responsible for coordinating the national response. With regard to specific metadata issues, the IMF staff may communicate with officials in the relevant agencies, but the coordinator will always be informed of these communications.

4. Authority. The coordinator must have sufficient authority to obtain the cooperation of all national agencies involved in the compilation and dissemination of the data categories covered by the GDDS. In some cases, the official coordinator is a relatively senior staff member, and he/she delegates day-to-day operational work to his/her staff. The coordination among statistical agencies may also take place through a GDDS committee that meets regularly (and at least once a year in connection with the annual review of metadata). Such a committee has proven to be an effective forum to enhance collaboration across statistical agencies.

Metadata Confirmation

5. Frequency of confirmation. To ensure the accuracy of metadata, participants are advised to confirm the accuracy of all the metadata posted on the DSBB on either a “best-effort” or “when-merited” basis; however, plans for improvement should be updated at least annually. Thus, at least once a year, the coordinator should forward metadata to the relevant contact persons for each data category and component posted on the DSBB and ask them to confirm the currentness and correctness of the information and to provide any updates if necessary.

6. Metadata update. If the metadata need to be updated, the coordinator will provide the IMF with the proposed revisions as soon as possible (recommended) or attach the proposed revisions to the annual confirmation. The IMF staff will review the proposed revisions and, if there are no issues to be raised, will post them on the DSBB. The date on which the correctness of the metadata was last confirmed by the participant will also be posted on the DSBB.

7. Improvements to metadata. At any time, the IMF staff may take the initiative of contacting the coordinator to suggest or request improvements to the metadata, particularly when the GDDS has been updated. The coordinator should then communicate with the relevant national agencies to provide requested improvements or determine if they agree with the IMF’s proposed changes. Once the GDDS coordinator and the IMF staff have agreed on a new text for the metadata, it will be posted on the DSBB.

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