External Debt Statistics (EDS)

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Course No.: HQ 17.15
Location: Washington, D.C., United States
Date: November 6, 2017-November 17, 2017 (2 Weeks)
Language: English

Target Audience:

Officials whose main responsibility is the compilation of external debt statistics.


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

Course Description:

This course, presented by the IMF's Statistics Department, is intended to provide participants with a thorough understanding of the conceptual framework for the compilation of External Debt Statistics (EDS) and with practical guidance on the collection and analysis of these data. It comprises lectures, practical exercises, and case studies. The text for the course is 2013 EDS Guide. The course covers the following:- the conceptual framework for compiling the range of external debt data series recommended in the 2013 EDS Guide and how they relate to the principles of balance of payments, international investment position, government finance, and national accounts methodology;
  • practical guidance in the compilation of EDS for the public and private sectors, including the institutional arrangements for the compilation of these data and international sources of EDS;
  • the requirements for EDS under the IMF's data dissemination standards, including the IMF-World Bank's Quarterly External Debt Statistics (QEDS) database;
  • the interrelation of EDS with the public sector debt template;
  • the various uses of EDS; and
  • the assessment of the quality of EDS through reference to the IMF's Data Quality Assessment Framework for EDS.

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
  • Apply the conceptual framework for the compilation of EDS following the 2013 EDS Guide.
  • Identify potential new data sources and compilation techniques to be used to improve the compilation of EDS.
  • Describe the analytical uses of EDS.
  • Discuss the requirements for EDS under the IMF's data dissemination standards, including the QEDS database.

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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.