Government Finance Statistics (GFS) Center for Economics and Finance
  • Locations: Salmiya
  • Duration: 2 Weeks

Course details

Target Audience:

Officials whose main responsibility is compiling public finance statistics.


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


The course is conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation into Arabic.

Course Description:

This course, presented by the IMF’s Statistics Department, focuses on the conceptual framework of government finance statistics (GFS) as presented in the IMF’s updated Government Finance Statistics Manual 2001, as well as on the practical aspects of data compilation. Basic concepts, accounting principles, and detailed classifications are dealt with in the context of the new methodology that is harmonized with the system of national accounts. The course examines the coverage and accounting rules of the GFS framework (including accrual accounting), valuation, classification, debt, balance sheets, and the sources and methods used for compiling the statistics. It also deals with data reporting to the IMF. The course is organized around a series of case studies

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The mission of the IMF-Middle East We_They is to strengthen the economic management in Arab League Member Countries by delivering an integrated curriculum of training courses and seminars that address the key skill sets needed to support this goal. In particular, the training aims to improve the ability of officials of these countries to analyze economic conditions, diagnose problems, and design and implement appropriate policies.

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