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14 October 2013

FSB & IMF publish fourth IMF/FSB progress report on the Implementation of the G20 Data Gaps Initiative

This report takes stock of the progress to date, describes implementation issues and the links with policy work and other initiatives, and outlines the strategy going forward.

The G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors welcomed the continued progress made by the G20 economies under the FSB and IMF G20 Data Gaps Initiative (DGI) as a prerequisite for enhanced policy analysis. They strongly encouraged the implementation of the recommendations in this initiative.

This report describes progress since November 2012 and the plans going forward. It contains a number of key messages:

  • Considerable progress has been made across the full range of the DGI 20 recommendations. Significant data enhancements are coming on stream.
  • The feedback from the consultation process with experts indicates that, overall, there is strong support for, and a growing sense of ownership among G20 economies in the DGI.
  • To ensure complete implementation of the recommendations, and the timely provision of comparable economic and financial statistics, the momentum behind the initiative needs to be maintained and adequate resources provided for statistical work.
  • Strengthened collaboration among national agencies and continued international cooperation, collaboration, and consultation is essential for the success of the initiative.
  • The strategy going forward should focus on completing the ongoing work in implementing the recommendations; and communicating to policymakers and analysts the availability, benefits, confidentiality rules, and policy relevance of the enhanced and new data emerging from the DGI.
  • Notwithstanding some national implementation issues that may arise, implementation of a significant portion of the recommendations is expected to be completed by end-2015.

The report seeks endorsement by the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors of the action plans and timetables set out in the report. 

Full report

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