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Methodology

The External Debt Statistics Guide

The 2013 External Debt Statistics: Guide for Compilers and Users (2013 EDS Guide) takes account of changes introduced in the 2008 System National Accounts (2008 SNA) and the sixth edition of the Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual (BPM6). This guide provides a clear and comprehensive guidance for the measurement and presentation of external debt statistics of public and private sectors. To this end, it provides guidance on (1) concepts and definitions, and classifications of external debt data, (2) the sources and techniques, for compiling these data, and (3) the analytical uses of these data. It updates the 2003 EDS Guide.

The preparation of the 2013 EDS Guide was based on the broad range experience of the TFFS agencies in close consultation with national compilers of external debt, balance of payments, and international investment position statistics.

The 2013 EDS Guide is a cooperative effort of TFFS agencies, with the IMF's Statistics Department leading the drafting work.

The Public Sector Debt Statistics Guide

There has been widespread policy and user interest in improving the availability and international comparability of public sector debt statistics. To help meet this interest, the TFFS promoted the development of a Public Sector Debt Statistics Guide (PSDS Guide) and a Public Sector Debt Database (see Data Availability).

The PSDS Guide provides a comprehensive conceptual framework, and compilation advice, for the measurement of public sector debt. The classifications and definitions used in the PSDS Guide are harmonized with the 2008 SNA and BPM6. The same classifications and definitions will be used in the forthcoming revision of the Government Finance Statistics Manual, but differ in minor ways from the current edition, the Government Finance Statistics Manual 2001 (GFSM 2001).

Like the EDS Guide, the PSDS Guide is a cooperative effort of TFFS agencies, with the IMF's Statistics Department leading the drafting work.