Government Finance Statistics

The objective of the initiative is to further strengthen the capacity of government finance statistics (GFS) compilers to meet the relevant reporting criteria. With SECO funding, the IMF provides technical assistance on GFS to EU candidate countries in the Western Balkans, for which the CEF acts as a regional hub. In addition, knowledge sharing events that will bring together finance officials to discuss the IMF and EU reporting requirements will be organized in cooperation with the CEF. This learning initiative will advise the compilers of statistics on developing GFS data and data reporting, both to the IMF and the EU (the Maastricht deficit and debt and the Excessive Deficit Procedure). The participants will also have the opportunity to exchange views and experiences, and strengthen cooperation. The target audience includes finance officials from central banks, ministries of finance and statistical offices who are responsible for compiling fiscal statistics.