Republic of Armenia: Fourth Review Under the Three-Year Arrangement Under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility and Request for Waiver of Performance Criterion Informational Annex

This paper discusses key findings of the Fourth Review Under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility for Armenia. Armenia’s economy performs strongly. All end-December 2006 quantitative and all but one structural performance criteria were observed. The main policy challenges are to broaden economic growth, raise tax revenues, and manage large foreign exchange inflows. Fiscal policy remains appropriate. Meeting the ambitious 2007 revenue target will require broadening the tax base and strengthening administration. The stance of monetary policy is appropriate.

Abstract

This paper discusses key findings of the Fourth Review Under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility for Armenia. Armenia’s economy performs strongly. All end-December 2006 quantitative and all but one structural performance criteria were observed. The main policy challenges are to broaden economic growth, raise tax revenues, and manage large foreign exchange inflows. Fiscal policy remains appropriate. Meeting the ambitious 2007 revenue target will require broadening the tax base and strengthening administration. The stance of monetary policy is appropriate.

Annex I. Relations with the Fund

(As of March 31, 2007)

Mission: Program discussions were held in Yerevan, February 28–March 13, 2007.

Country interlocutors: The mission met with President Kocharyan, Mr. Khachatryan (Minister of Finance and Economy), Mr. Chshmarityan (Minister of Trade and Economic Development), Mr. Movsisyan (Minister of Energy), Mr. Sargsyan (Chairman of the Central Bank), other senior officials, and representatives of the donor community and civil society.

Staff team: Mr. Al-Atrash (head), Ms. Dabla-Norris, Mr. Floerkemeier (all MCD), Mr. Atoyan (PDR), and Mr. Gracia (FAD). Ms. Castello-Branco (next mission chief) participated in the mission. Ms. Oomes, resident representative, and Ms. Minasyan and Ms. Manookyan (economists in the local office) assisted the mission.

Fund relations: Armenia has accepted the obligations under Article VIII Sections 2, 3, and 4, and maintains an exchange system free of restrictions on payments and transfers for current international transactions, except for exchange restrictions maintained for security reasons that have been notified to the Fund pursuant to Executive Board Decision No. 144-(52/51).

Data: Armenia’s data are adequate for surveillance and program monitoring. Armenia subscribes to the Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS).

I. Membership Status: Joined 05/28/1992; Article VIII

II. General Resources Account:

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III. SDR Department:

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IV. Outstanding Purchases and Loans:

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V. Latest Financial Arrangements:

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VI. Projected Payments to Fund1/ (SDR Million; based on existing use of resources and present holdings of SDRs)

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When a member has overdue financial obligations outstanding for more than three months, the amount of such arrears will be shown in this section.

VII. Safeguards Assessment

Under the Fund’s safeguards assessment policy, the Central Bank of Armenia (CBA) is subject to a safeguards assessment update in the context of the current arrangement. A safeguards update of the CBA was completed on November 7, 2005. The update found that the CBA’s safeguards framework has been strengthened since the previous assessment completed in 2002. In particular, measures have been put in place to improve data reported to the Fund, to strengthen controls and reporting on externally managed foreign exchange investments, and to address weaknesses in the legal framework. Furthermore, the appointment term of the external audit firm has been lengthened and new regulations and procedures have been put in place to better define the actions and scope of the internal audit function. A number of areas were identified where further steps could be taken. This includes strengthening controls over reporting of monetary program data to the Fund, improving oversight of the audit processes and the internal control systems by establishing an audit committee, and enhancing the CBA’s internal audit function. The CBA agreed with the specific recommendations and their implementation schedule.

VIII. Exchange Rate Arrangement

(a) The exchange rate system can be classified as a managed float without a predetermined path. In 2005–06, the CBA intervened heavily in the foreign exchange market to smooth out volatility in the exchange rate, but also for liquidity management. The official exchange rate is quoted daily as a weighted average of the previous day’s interbank exchange rates.

(b) Armenia maintains no exchange restrictions on the making of payments and transfers for current international transactions except for exchange restrictions maintained for security reasons, and notified to the Fund pursuant to Executive Board Decision No. 144-(52/51).

IX. Article IV Consultations

The 2004 Article IV consultation with Armenia was concluded on November 22, 2006. Armenia is subject to the 24-month consultation cycle.

X. FSAP Participation and ROSCs

A joint World Bank-International Monetary Fund mission assessed Armenia’s financial sector as part of the Financial Sector Assessment Program (FSAP) update during February 16–March 4, 2005. The Financial Sector Stability Assessment (FSSA) report was discussed by the Executive Board on May 25, 2005.

ROSC Modules

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XI. Resident Representatives

Ms. Nienke Oomes, since August 2006.

XII. Technical Assistance

The following table summarizes the Fund’s technical assistance to Armenia since 2002.

Armenia: Technical Assistance from the Fund, 2002–06

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Annex II. Republic of Armenia: Relations with the World Bank

(March 31, 2007)

Country Director: Donna Dowsett-Coirolo

Telephone: (202) 473-0121

I. Implementation of Structural Reform Measures

A. Legal Framework

1. The World Bank has supported the Armenian government to establish the core legal framework necessary for private sector operations, including the Civil Procedure Code, the Procurement law, the Business Registration law and the Public Auction law. The fully restructured and enacted Bankruptcy law is now harmonized with the Civil Code and the Civil Procedure Code, and strengthens the enforcement mechanisms for bankruptcy procedures. The Concession law has been enacted and the National Assembly has adopted a new Labor Code, which is compatible with the requirements of a market economy and is an important instrument of flexible job-creation. The government also has made significant progress in drafting the necessary legislation to improve the lending environment through strengthening the procedures for collateral registration and for foreclosure and enhancing the knowledge of the judiciary concerning commercial contracts. Specifically, the government has adopted amendments to civil code, criminal code, civil procedure law, law on compulsory enforcement, and public auction law.

B. Business Environment

2. The World Bank has supported the government to make satisfactory progress in removing administrative barriers for business and investment and has strengthened the consultative mechanisms with the business community. The steps taken include, inter alia, consolidating, downsizing, and clarifying mandates of various government inspections; enacting the new law on business registration; streamlining licensing procedures; issuing new accounting recommendations for small and medium-sized enterprises; establishing a regulatory framework that allows privatization of urban land by business entities; and adopting simplified procedures for obtaining site development and construction permits. The capacity of the Armenian Development Agency as a focal point for government’s efforts to promote investment and exports as well as for identifying the remaining bottlenecks in the business environment has been strengthened. The functioning of the Business Council has been improved and the private sector’s awareness of its activities has been enhanced.

3. The recent business surveys of Armenian entrepreneurs suggest that these efforts have already resulted in a more positive private sector perception of the business and investment environment. For example, the average time necessary to get construction and building renovation permits was reduced from 310 days in 2001 to 112 days in 2006. The FDI increased by almost 20 percent in 2005 compared with 2003. The State Customs Committee’s websites became operational and during 2003, on average 467 references per month were made to it. As part of the PRSC I, II and III the Customs introduced a self declaration system and reduced the role of reference prices.

4. On tax administration, the government strengthened the operation of Large Tax Payers Unit (LTPU), placed a high priority on reducing the stock of VAT refunds owed to exporters and ensured that no additional VAT arrears were incurred to exporters. The government adopted decision announcing its intention to widen participation in the provision of international civil aviation services, raise efficiency and cut costs and initiated policy work. Despite these improvements, there is still considerable scope for further reforms in the areas of competition, deregulation and strengthening of business and investment climate, especially in commercial debt recovery procedures, improvements in the transparency and efficiency of the judicial system, tax and customs administrations, improvements in governance and implementing the anti-corruption strategy. In addition to the above-stated, further strengthening of both tax and customs administration are at the core of the PRSC III, in particular implementation of self-assessment systems; adherence to reforms for the Large Taxpayer Unit and good practices on VAT refund and tax arrears; completion, implementation and expansion of DTI facilities in major customs and implementation of intelligence-based system based on risk assessment.

C. Energy and Infrastructure

5. Since its privatization in the second half of 2002, the Electricity Distribution Company has remained in compliance with its licenses agreement as confirmed by making full payments to the generation and service providers, reporting to the regulator on a timely basis, and submitting investment plan to the regulator. Supported by the World Bank, the government has also made satisfactory efforts to improve the legal and regulatory framework in the energy sector in order to establish a supportive environment for the new private operator. Budget allocations have been increased to ensure full payments to the energy sector by the budgetary organizations and public utilities. The government implemented the Integrated Rehabilitation Plan for state-owned utilities (including energy, irrigation, drinking water companies and Yerevan metro) with strengthened corporate governance, creation of electricity market, and cessation of operations of the state electricity wholesale company. In addition, the Public Sector Regulatory Commission (PSRC) has made considerable progress in improving utilities regulatory framework and adopted several measures including, monitoring indicators for electricity service quality and standard. Despite this satisfactory performance, continued efforts are crucial for improvements in the energy sector through restructuring the midstream companies and strengthening the regulatory framework to ensure adequate functioning, transparency, and reliability of this sector.

6. There has been progress in improving fiscal discipline and reducing losses in the irrigation and water sectors. The World Bank has been working with the government to: (i) upgrade the management capacity of public companies in these sectors; (ii) ensure a gradual increase in tariffs to cost recovery; (iii) provide additional investments to improve technical efficiency; and (iv) ensure that the budget provides adequate financing for water consumed by public sector entities. To provide full cost recovery, the government has adopted a schedule for irrigation tariff increase in 2002–07 in order to achieve full cost recovery in the irrigation system by 2007. As part of the PRSC III reforms, the government has also developed and now considering a step-by-step civil aviation liberalization action plan. Railway restructuring plan and development of telecommunication regulations are also underway.

D. Education and Health

7. The World Bank has supported reforms in education and health. The government implemented a major rationalization program during the 2003 school year. As a result, 37 schools were merged or closed and about 9,000 teachers were made redundant. The medium-term action plan for improving the financial management, accounting, and financial reporting for higher education institutions was adopted by the government on January 26, 2003. Accountants at the higher institutions have been trained and special software has been prepared for use. Since the second quarter of 2003, the new accounting procedures are being used. The government increased the state budget allocation for primary and secondary education and improved teachers’ salaries. The government also developed an action plan and cleared arrears in the education sector and prevented further arrears in this sector. The ratio of pupils to full-time equivalent teachers increased to over 14 and teacher salaries increased by 65 percent in 2005. In addition, the government developed a strategy on early childhood education and options for its piloting in two marzes. The government has also made initiatives to carry out the three year implementation plan for higher education reforms. Despite these improvements, there is scope for further reforms in education, including adoption of new curricula for secondary education, enhancement of standards for higher education to make it more responsive to employers’ needs, improving preschool systems, and strengthening monitoring and financial reporting of the noncommercial organizations (NCOs) in the education sector.

8. The government adopted the hospital master plan for Yerevan in late 2002. As a result, the remaining public hospitals in Yerevan were to be merged into smaller number of hospital networks with necessary steps to be taken to restructure them. The government adopted a decree on November 21, 2003, identifying the configuration often hospital networks through consolidation of twenty-four public hospitals and thirteen outpatient health care institutions. Directors for nine of these hospital networks have been appointed. While the hospital merger process is being implemented, introduction of further appropriate adjustments may be required. The medium-term action plan for improving financial management accounting and reporting for the public hospitals was adopted by the government to prepare new reporting and accounting procedures and cost accounting manuals.

9. Implementation progress has been satisfactory and about 200 hospital accountants have been trained in new accounting procedures. The government developed an action plan for clearing the accumulated arrears in the health sector and prevented further arrears in this sector. The government also adopted a decision to introduce further reforms in the Basic Benefit Package in the health sector. The government undertook measures for financing and management of the Primary Health Care departments of poly clinic that are included in the hospital networks. Further reforms are needed in increasing the population overall health status, reducing child and maternal mortality, increasing use of healthcare system by rural and low-income groups, monitoring public health and promoting better health behavior, and strengthening monitoring and financial reporting of the noncommercial organizations (NCOs) in the health sector. The government developed the national strategy on combating non-communicable diseases and plans to take necessary steps to address the public health threats from non-communicable diseases through development and implementation of specific priority programs on non-communicable diseases and through allocation of adequate public resources in the health care budget.

E. Social Protection and Insurance

10. Since 1999, the government has been replacing a range of fragmented cash and non-cash benefits and privileges with better-targeted transfers to families. The government has been supported by the World Bank to complete several important steps to enhance its capacity for administration of transfers to families, including: (i) re-registration of poverty benefit recipients; (ii) beneficiary assessment of the existing benefits; and (iii) establishment of a central database for poverty benefit recipients. Data from the recent household survey suggest that the system of benefits and transfers to the poor has become an efficient instrument for reducing extreme poverty. The government introduced differentiation of benefits within the family poverty benefits. Continued efforts are needed to ensure the adequacy of the level and administrative capacity of the social protection systems to guarantee coverage of transfers to people with special needs. Based on the 2004 household survey results the government plans to evaluate effectiveness of the family poverty benefits.

11. The law on Public Pension focuses on strengthening and streamlining the pension system. It provides significant improvements in the pension systems, including: (i) introduction of an equal retirement age for men and women at age 63; (ii) separation of social insurance benefits from social pensions; (iii) elimination of most early retirement provisions; (iv) indexation of pension to inflation; and (v) establishment of more direct links between benefits and contributions, with adequate provision for a minimum benefit. Following adoption of the law, the government has made satisfactory progress in its implementation. The government Decree No. 309 of July 2003, established an inter agency working group to monitor introduction of the Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) into the pension system. Additionally, a range of necessary implementation regulations, based on the Public Pension Law, was developed, including: (i) the documents required for award of pensions; (ii) rules for awarding and making payments for partial pensions to those with less than the minimum required length of insurance history; (iii) procedures for making payments of the survivors’ pensions to children under full state custody; and (iv) procedures for awarding, computing and making payments of the privileged pensions. While the fiscal performance of the Sate Pension Fund has improved and as a result, the average pension has increased, the level, coverage and sustainability of pensions are issues for further elaboration. Overall, within the PRSC and Social Protection Project, the Bank supported the analytic work enabling the Government to develop a new Social Protection and Pension package, with improvements in the family poverty benefit formula.

II. Lending

12. World Bank lending to Armenia as of March 31, 2007 totals slightly over US$1 billion, of which US$827.5 million has been disbursed. The current Bank portfolio consists of 20 IDA credits with a total commitment of $302.7 million, of which US$121.1 million is disbursed.

13. Building on the major Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper’s (PRSP) themes, the fourth Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) for Armenia was discussed in the World Bank Board of Executive Directors on June 10, 2004 and focuses on three main objectives of: (i) promoting private sector led economic growth; (ii) making growth more pro-poor; and (iii) reducing non-income poverty. CAS PR (Progress Report) was approved by the Board on March 8, 2007 and reconfirmed this focus. Pursuant to agreements reached in the context of IDA-14, country resource envelopes are determined annually based on the Country Policy and Institutional Assessments and performance of the ongoing portfolio. Armenia has a very strong IDA performance rating and as a consequence was eligible for about $58 million in FY06 and $61 million in FY07. Based on a 2006 review of Armenia’s creditworthiness, Armenia will now be eligible to receive a small amount of IBRD lending beginning in FY08, although it is not yet decided whether to do so.

14. The CAS includes four Poverty Reduction Support Credits (PRSCs) for FY05, 06, 07, and 08. These will support the PRSP objectives and focus on four main components: (i) supporting private sector development and governance; (ii) advancing public infrastructure reforms; (iii) improving core public sector functions; and (iv) enhancing human development and improving social safety nets. Macroeconomic stability is a precondition for the PRSC and is vital for facilitating an enabling environment necessary for successful structural reforms implementation. The PRSC’s preparation is being closely coordinated with the IMF Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF). The first PRSC was approved by the World Bank Board on November 18, 2004, became effective and disbursed in December 2004. The second PRSC in the amount of $20 million equivalent was approved by the World Bank’s Board on January 19, 2006 and fully disbursed in April 2006. The third PRSC in the amount of USD$28 million was approved by the Board on March 8, 2007 and is scheduled to be disbursed by the end of FY07. The forth PRSC in the amount of US$28 millions is currently scheduled for Board presentation during the last quarter of 2007.

List of World Bank Lending to Armenia

(In millions of U.S. dollars)

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Annex III. Relations with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

(As of December 31, 2006)

1. As of December 31, 2006, the EBRD approved 35 projects in the power, transport, agribusiness, textile, mining, construction and financial sectors. Total commitments amounted to EUR 185.9 million.

2. There are two sovereign projects. First, the EBRD approved a sovereign guaranteed loan of EUR 54.8 million for construction of the Hrazdan Unit 5 thermal power plant in March 1993, partly aimed at the eventual closure of Armenia’s nuclear plant in Medzamor. The government is contemplating the privatization of Hrazdan Unit 5 as the completion of this plant is constrained by limited budgetary resources. The EBRD had funded technical assistance for the Hrazdan privatization prospectus and continues to follow the privatization process. The Hrazdan Thermal Power Complex excluding the unfinished Unit 5 has been transferred to the Russian Federation in the context of the debt-for-equity deal. Second, in November 1994, the agreement on a EUR 21.8 million loan to build an air cargo terminal in Zvartnots airport was signed under a guarantee by the Armenian government. The airport was transferred to private management in 2002. The new management has prepared a master plan for the development of the airport, which is expected to generate further cargo traffic for the cargo terminal.

3. Most of the Bank’s projects in Armenia are in the private sector. The EBRD has provided a loan to the Yerevan Brandy Company owned by Pernod Ricard of France (EUR 16.5 million). In the banking sector, a first equity participation in the Commercial Bank of Greece-Armenia (EUR 1.1 million) was approved in late 1999 and a second equity participation in Armeconombank was approved in 2004. The Bank also acquired an equity stake in an Armenian non-bank financial intermediary, CIRCO, an insurance subsidiary of Cascade Capital. Moreover, a multi-bank on-lending facility of EUR 10 million was activated in early 2000. Within the framework of multi-bank facility the Bank currently has credit lines for micro and small enterprises with three local banks (a total of EUR 8.0 million). The EBRD is committed to further expanding lending under this facility to other banks. A Trade Facilitation Program with the purpose to facilitate access of Armenian banks to trade financing was also made available to four Armenian banks. In 2002, a loan to finance EUR 2.9 million in working capital expansion was signed with the Armenian Copper Programme (the only copper smelter in the region), and a new loan (EUR 4.3 million), including the refinancing of the existing loan, was signed in August 2004. Moreover, the EBRD has launched the Turn Around Management (TAM) and Business Advisory Service programmes in Armenia in 2003, originally funded by the EU-Tacis program but now funded from the ETC Fund, to support micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises. There were seven new projects completed during 2004 for a total amount of EUR 6.7 million. Two of them are in the banking sector (including equity investment), one in general industry sector (direct investment in equity of a local enterprise), one pre-export finance facility with a local company in the extractive industry and three trade facilitation programmes with local commercial banks. Commitments during 2005 include a trade facilitation project with a local bank, two direct lending facility with a small hydro power plant and gold mining company, three new SME loans, three equity investment projects with a pharmaceutical company, plastic preform manufacturer (under Direct Investment Facility), an insurance and reinsurance company, and two medium-sized co-financing facility allowing local banks to share the risk of their selected clients with EBRD. During 2006 the EBRD signed 2 projects with the total commitments of Euro 20 million one of them a on-lending long-term loan to support renewable energy projects and the other one to Armenian International Airports CJSC to complete the construction of a new international passenger terminal.

4. The key priorities of the EBRD for the coming years are: (i) financial sector; (ii) enterprise sector, particularly SME and micro-enterprise financing through credit lines to Armenian banks or direct loans and equity investments, (iii) infrastructure investments in the development of alternative energy sources and municipal infrastructure projects and (iv) portfolio monitoring and implementation support. The EBRD’s current country strategy was approved in February 2006.

Annex IV. Republic of Armenia: Statistical Issues

1. While data provision for surveillance is adequate overall, further improvements are needed in real, fiscal, and external sector statistics in order to enhance the design and monitoring of economic policies. The overall quality, timeliness, and coverage of macroeconomic statistics have improved significantly over the past few years. The Fund has substantially facilitated this process, through technical assistance from the Statistics Department, the Fiscal Affairs Department, and the Monetary and Capital Markets Department. On November 7, 2003 Armenia subscribed to the Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS).

2. National accounts and price statistics. The National Statistics Service (NSS) has made significant changes to the national accounts methodology to bring it in line with best international practices. Progress has been made in developing estimates of monthly and (constant price) quarterly GDP that are now published. Basic data collection procedures have also improved. The national accounts have adopted the concept of gross value added using transaction prices mostly recorded on an accrual basis. However, progress has been slow in improving the compilation of national accounts at constant (1998) prices; annual data are still mainly derived by re-valuing current output and inputs at previous year prices instead of deflating them by the relevant components of the producer price index. Quarterly GDP estimates are published at constant and current prices. The CPI covers eleven large population centers and the capital city, Yerevan. The base year and expenditure weights are for 2005. Data on the consumer price index (CPI) and wages are reported on a timely basis. A ten-day CPI is compiled by the NSS and the Central Bank of Armenia, though its scope, geographical coverage, and dissemination are limited.

3. Fiscal statistics. The budget execution reporting system is compiled on a cash basis and supplemented with monthly reports on arrears and quarterly reports on receivables and payables. Daily revenue and cash expenditure data for the central government are available with a lag of one to two days. The Ministry of Finance is undertaking a comprehensive reform of the treasury system, including the introduction of an internal auditing system in line ministries and their budgetary institutions. A single treasury account (TSA) was introduced in 1996, and all bank accounts held by budgetary institutions were closed, except for Project Implementation Units that are required by donors to operate with commercial banks’ accounts. Starting in 2002, some budgetary institutions have been converted into “noncommercial organizations” (NCOs). These units have been taken out of the treasury system and have their own bank accounts. They have started reporting data on their operations to the Ministry of Finance. These exceptions notwithstanding, all government receipts and payments are processed through the TSA, although there are still shortcomings on the timeliness and quality of data on the operations of local governments. Classification of government transactions by function and economic category are generally in line with the Manual on Government Finance Statistics 1986, and monthly data on central government operations are disseminated within 40 days of the end of the month. The budget presentation and the classification of items under the economic and functional classification of expenditures needs to be made more transparent; for instance, the data have been subject to frequent reclassifications, and wages for military personnel are reported in the broader category of “other” goods and services rather than as a wage item. The reconciliation of central government with general government operations is also difficult because of the need to manually identify transactions among central government, local government, and the Social Insurance State Fund.

4. The authorities submitted cash data, converted to the framework of the Government Finance Statistics Manual 2001, for publication in the 2006 Government Finance Statistics Yearbook. Although the authorities expected to begin providing data for publication in the IFS in early 2005, such data have yet to be received. The GFSM 2001 implementation plan is currently limited to bringing the classification of budgetary central government revenue, expense, and transactions in nonfinancial assets in line with international practices.

5. Money and banking statistics. Money and banking statistics are provided on a timely basis. Daily data on the accounts of the Central Bank of Armenia (CBA) are provided weekly with a one-day lag, while weekly data on the monetary survey are provided with a one-week lag. Monthly interest rate data are provided with an one-week lag. A new chart of accounts meeting International Accounting Standards (IAS) was introduced in January 1998. Since then, the balance sheets of the CBA and of the deposit money banks follow IAS methodology.

6. Responding to a STA request, the CBA has compiled and submitted a complete set of monetary data beginning from December 2001 using Standardized Report Forms (SRF). STA review validated the resulting monetary aggregates and the data have been published in the December 2006 issue of IFS Supplement. Monetary data in the SRF format continue to be reported by the CBA on a regular basis and are used for updates of IFS.

7. External sector statistics. The coverage of external sector data has improved in recent years. Trade statistics are provided on a timely basis, and trade data by origin, destination, and commodity are generally available within a month. Price data for exports and imports are less readily available. Quarterly balance of payments data are generally available with a three-month lag. However, on remittances, which account for a significant part of the inflows, there are considerable discrepancies among available source data. Survey data are considerably lower than data obtained through the money transfer system. The NSS and CBA are working on establishing a compilation program that would enable proper measurement of remittances. The absence of a comprehensive, continuously updated business register hampers the coverage of transactions and institutional units; in particular, the coverage of the financial account items for the private sector, excluding banks.

Armenia: Table of Common Indicators Required for Surveillance

(As of April 17, 2007)

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Includes reserve assets pledged or otherwise encumbered as well as net derivative positions.

Both market-based and officially determined, including discount rates, money market rates, rates on treasury bills, notes and bonds.

Foreign, domestic bank, and domestic nonbank financing.

The general government consists of the central government (budgetary funds, extra budgetary funds, and social security funds) and state and local governments.

Including currency and maturity composition.

Daily (D), Weekly (W), Monthly (M), Quarterly (Q), Annually (A); Irregular (I); and Not Available (NA).