Cross-Border Position Statistics (CBPS)

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Course No.: HQ 18.04
Location: Washington, D.C., United States
Date: May 14, 2018-May 25, 2018 (2 Weeks)
Language: English

Target Audience:

Officials whose main responsibility is compiling the international investment position (IIP) or external debt statistics (EDS), as well as data for the Coordinated Portfolio Investment Survey (CPIS) or Coordinated Direct Investment Survey (CDIS).


Participants should have a degree in economics or statistics, or equivalent experience.

Course Description:

This course, presented by the IMF Statistics Department, provides training on the methodology for compiling and disseminating CBPS, including the IIP and memoranda and supplementary position data items following BPM6; EDS, including currency composition, remaining maturity, and debt service schedule; the CPIS, including sectoral data; and the CDIS. First, Lectures and class discussions focus on general concepts and compilation practices, then exercises give participants an opportunity to put what they have learned into practice. They will also have the opportunity to discuss compilation problems they have encountered  and gain insights into the analytical uses of the international accounts. The course will be based on the BPM6, the 2013 External Debt Statistics: Guide for Compilers and Users, the 2010 CPIS Guide, and the 2015 CDIS Guide. The course will draw as needed on the G-20 Data Gaps Initiatives.


Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Compile IIP, EDS, CPIS, and CDIS - as well as the memorandum and supplementary items of the IIP and tables on external debt statistics - according to the CBPS conceptual framework.
  • Identify potential new data sources for compiling the CBPS.
  • Apply compilation techniques and best dissemination practices related to CBPS (IIP, EDS, CPIS, and CDIS).
  • Illustrate the relationship between the IIP and the balance of payments, and how data on cross-border positions data can be integrated into the general macroeconomic framework.
  • Extract lessons from the experiences of other compilers through peer learning opportunities, and deepen their knowledge of the analytical use of CBPS.
  • Discuss the analytical use of CBPS.
  • Identify possible data gaps related to CBPS in participating countries, using the G-20 Data Gaps Initiatives as reference.

Important Note for Online Courses:

For Online Learning (OL) courses, which are delivered through the edX platform, you will need an additional piece of information to register: you will be prompted for your edX.org username. If you do not already have a username, please go to https://courses.edx.org/register and sign up for a free account. Once you have created an account, you may complete the IMF Institute application. If you already have an edX account, your username can be found on the top right of the screen after logging in.

Important Note for Internal Economics Training Courses:

Internal Economics Training (IT) courses are self-financed. The IMF will not charge officials for attending courses. However, all travel, insurance, hotel, and living costs will need to be covered by the agency sponsoring the participants.