The author wishes to thank Robert Edwards and Kimberly Zieschang for their comments and suggestions and to Tessa van der Willigen and Claudia Dziobek for their review of an earlier draft. The paper has also benefited from assistance from Anthony Pellechio, Alain Brousseau, Zdravko Balyozov, Louis Venter, Angel Sanchez, Norma Marotta, Sheridan Parsonson, and Catherine Braganza.
Board papers are those the IMF staff prepares for discussion by the IMF Executive Board, whose endorsement is sought for certain IMF work programs.
The DQAF was developed partly in response to United Nations Statistical Commission’s comments in February 1999 that the usefulness of the IMF data standards initiatives would be enhanced if they incorporated explicitly specific dimensions of data quality in the standards.
The IMF Committee on Balance of Payments Statistics advises the Fund on methodological and compilation issues in the context of balance of payments and international investment position statistics. The Inter-Agency Task Force on Finance Statistics comprises experts from a number of national and international statistical agencies; its mandate is to strengthen international statistical cooperation.
See John Cady, “Does SDDS Subscription Reduce Borrowing Costs on Emerging Market Economies?” IMF Working Paper 04/58 (Washington: International Monetary Fund).