As part of the IMF-South Asia Regional Training and Technical Assistance Center (SARTTAC) work program, a technical assistance (TA) mission on external sector statistics (ESS) was conducted during April 2–13, 2018. The mission assisted the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) in compiling and disseminating external debt statistics (EDS) consistent with the international investment position (IIP), reviewed the compilation method of direct investment statistics, and assessed the coverage of external flows related to hydropower projects.
6. The mission assisted compilers in developing a more clean and integrated FDIworksheet . A new FDIworksheet was prepared and populated with quarterly FDI data for two years, 2015 and 2016. Aggregated data were calculated and mapped to the standard components of the balance of payments (overall, with India, and with COTI) and IIP statistics and validations were included to assure the consistency of these datasets. The data were reviewed, and some inconsistencies were detected and corrected. The mission also explained to compilers how to use this worksheet