The mission team was headed by Mr. Charles Enoch and included Messrs. Brian Donaghue, Rainer Koehler, Eduardo Valdivia-Velarde (all STA), Ms. Gylliane Gervais and Mr. John Sundgren (experts), and Ms. Paula Winchester (PDR—Administrative Assistant).
A detailed description of the SDDS can be found on the IMF’s Dissemination Standards Bulletin Board on the Internet at http://dsbb.imf.org.
The SDDS allows subscribers the use of two flexibility options in recognition of differences in economic structures and institutional arrangements across countries, i.e., for up to two data categories, a subscriber may obtain exemption from the prescribed levels of periodicity and timeliness.
For up to two data categories a subscriber may indicate why a specific release date is not possible or not viewed as described.
Statistical information can be provided under strict conditions to the State Minister responsible for the SIS only for information on request, before its release to the public, during the printing process of the press release. Metadata on the IMF’s Data Standards Bulletin Board at the time of the mission described an earlier, less restrictive policy; this has since been corrected
Monitoring is carried out against the release dates stated in the Advance Release Calendars and the metadata, i.e., to verify not only that the data are released according to the calendar but also that the data disseminated correspond to the metadata posted on the Dissemination Standards Bulletin Board. Other elements of the SDDS are on a self-disclosure basis by subscribers, that is, the subscribers are asked to confirm on a quarterly basis that their descriptions of their practices are accurate.
Information on data quality can be found at the IMF website on the “Data Quality Reference Site” (http://dsbb.imf.org/dqrs.index.htm).
See also the Generic Framework set out in Appendix I of the accompanying Detailed Assessments volume to this report.