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    Quarterly External Debt Statistics

     The Quarterly External Debt Database, jointly developed by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, brings together detailed external debt data that are published individually by countries that subscribe to the IMF’s Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS). The benefit of bringing together comparable external debt data for a large number of SDDS-subscribing countries in one central location, is to facilitate macroeconomic analysis and cross-country data comparison. Fifty-two SDDS subscribing countries have agreed to participate in this database. Non-SDDS subscribing countries may be asked to participate in the centralized database at a later stage. Three sets of tables were developed for collecting quarterly time series information on external debt (templates for external debt data).

     Gross External Debt Position ($million)


    The first set of tables are based on the SDDS prescribed external debt data category (table 1) and encouraged debt data categories (tables 2 and 3). Table 1 includes breakdowns of the external debt position by sector, maturity, and instrument, and the two other tables gather data on the domestic-foreign currency breakdown of external debt and forward debt service schedule, respectively. The remaining sets of tables comprise supplementary statistics that go beyond the SDDS to provide further analytical presentations—particularly with respect to sectoral data—and facilitate cross country data analysis.

    The participation of countries in this centralized database is voluntary. Provision of data for table 1—the table based on the prescribed SDDS data category—by sector, maturity, and instrument is essential to participation.


    The Quarterly External Debt Statistics database was launched on November 18 (pdf of the press release).  It will be updated regularly and within one month of the end of a quarter.

    The database is a collaborative effort of the World Bank and the IMF, and it is part of an ongoing effort to improve the transparency, timeliness, and availability of external debt statistics. The database has been endorsed by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Finance Statistics that produced the External Debt Statistics: Guide for Compilers and Users

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