Government Finance Statistics - Advanced (GFS-A)

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Course No.: HQ 18.06
Location: Washington, D.C., United States
Date: June 11, 2018-June 22, 2018 (2 Weeks)
Language: English

Target Audience:

Officials whose main responsibility for at least three years has been compiling GFS and who are regularly faced with complex GFS methodological issues, as those described below.


Participants should have a degree in economics or statistics or the equivalent.

Course Description:

This course, presented by the IMF Statistics Department, focuses on the conceptual framework of government finance statistics (GFS) as presented in the Government Finance Statistics Manual 2014 (GFSM 2014), with an emphasis on new concepts introduced in GFSM 2014. The course assumes that participants are familiar with the basic GFS framework and classification system. Emphasizing the integrated GFS framework, the course will address complex cross-cutting GFS issues, such as government employee pension liabilities, standardized guarantee schemes, contracts, leases, and licenses. It also examines coverage of the public sector, giving special attention to borderline and complex cases. The course will discuss internal and intersectoral data consistency and coordination between data-producing agencies and data presentation and communication with users. The format is lectures and discussions.

Course Objectives:

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

  • Explain the new concepts introduced in the GFSM 2014.
  • Apply the general principles in GFSM 2014 to complex cross-cutting GFS issues in the integrated framework, such as government employee pension liabilities, standardized guarantee schemes, contracts, leases, and licenses, and borderline public sector sectorization issues.

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.