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03 to 04 April 2024 | Open meeting

ESCAP in collaboration with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNSD) hosted a webinar on Updates to the Balance of Payments Manual and the System of National Accounts.

The objective of the Webinar was to facilitate understanding of the update processes, the resulting changes, and their implications for official statistics production. Participants were also informed of the joint BPM/SNA chapters, and were expected to identify priority changes for implementation in their country. During the webinar, participants had ample time and opportunity to engage in plenary and group discussions and seek insights from other participants and resource persons.

The Webinar was organized for mid-level management and technical staff involved in the compilation and dissemination of external sector and national accounts statistics.


Title Speaker Presentation
(Moderator/Chair: Pinar Ucar)
JL-1 Main Objectives, Priorities, and Procedures for Updating BPM and SNA Jim Tebrake, Deputy Director, IMF Statistics Department PPT
JL-2 Building Blocks: Flows, Stocks, Accounting Rules, Residence, Institutional Units, and Sectors Bedri Zymeri, Senior Economist, IMF Statistics Department PPT
JL-3 Globalization Jennifer Ribarsky, Deputy Chief, Real Sector Division, IMF Statistics Department PPT
JL-4 Digitalization Kristy Howell, Deputy Chief, Balance of Payments Division, IMF Statistics Department PPT
JL-5 Communicating and Disseminating Economic Statistics Sanjiv Mahajan, Supporting Editor to the 2025 SNA and Lead Drafter (SNA Chapter 21 and BPM Chapter 20), Communicating and Disseminating Economic Statistics PPT
(Moderator/Chair: Kristy Howell)
BL-1 BPM7: Main Features and Outline Bedri Zymeri, Senior Economist, IMF Statistics Department PPT
BL-2 Cross-cutting themes Bedri Zymeri, Senior Economist, IMF Statistics Department PPT
BL-3 Current and Capital Accounts Silvia Amiel, Senior Economist, IMF Statistics Department PPT
BL-4 Integrated IIP: Direct Investment and Portfolio Investment Silvia Amiel, Senior Economist, IMF Statistics Department PPT
BL-5 Integrated IIP: Financial Derivatives, Other Investment, and Reserve Assets Kristy Howell, Deputy Chief, Balance of Payments Division, IMF Statistics Department PPT
(Moderator/Chair: Alick Nyasulu)
SL-1 Overview of the Main Changes to the 2008 SNA Pete Harper, SNA Update Project Manager PPT
SL-2 Financial Issues Francien Berry, Economist, IMF Statistics Department PPT
SL-3 Accounting for Wellbeing and Sustainability Richard Wild, Senior Economist, IMF Statistics Department PPT
SL-4 Elaborating the Accounts, Thematic and Extended Accounts Francien Berry, Economist, IMF Statistics Department PPT

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