as head or deputy head of agency account for 56 percent of total GDDScoordinators, and coordinators from the statistical office account for 52 percent of total GDDScoordinators. Thus, the GDDS is given a relatively high priority and visibility in participating countries—another indication of the overall acceptance of the data standards initiative.
III. Performance of the GDDS
16. This section assesses the performance of GDDS from the perspective of commitments of GDDS members. The results also illuminate why some GDDS countries do not meet the SDDS
monetary and financial sectors are now produced according to international standards and published in the IFS. Nevertheless, the authorities acknowledge that further efforts are necessary to reduce current lags in the compilation of statistics and to improve dissemination practices. We are happy to inform the Board that the authorities intend to participate in the General Data Dissemination Standards (GDDS). In this regard, two National GDDSCoordinators have already been appointed.
This review of Phase I of the technical assistance (TA) General Data Dissemination System (GDDS) project (2001–2006) for 15 Anglophone African countries1—funded by the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID) and executed jointly by the Fund and the World Bank—(henceforth, referred to as the Anglophone African (AAf) project) focuses mostly on the components that were implemented by the Fund’s Statistics Department (STA). The review draws on various internal and periodic evaluations of project execution and reports by technical assistance providers. The GDDS—part of the Fund’s Data Standards Initiative—defined the framework for the AAf project. The main goal of the project was initially limited to assisting countries to become participants in the GDDS via preparatory workshops and development of metadata and plans for improvement. The goal was subsequently expanded to providing TA and promoting greater awareness and regional cooperation.
—focusing on the role of the country GDDScoordinator 5 —provided an opportunity to exploit the synergies of TA provided by the Bank and Fund to the various sectors of the national statistical system.
8. Box 1 illustrates the layout of the AAf project, including financing and administrative arrangements 6 , logistic, and project monitoring and evaluation as well as the roles of the participating entities.
Box 1. The AAf Project, Phase I, November 2001–December 2006
Objectives : (1) Assist countries to join the GDDS via preparatory workshops and help with the
country and the IMF. The following considerations may assist in the selection of a coordinator:
A principal role of the GDDScoordinator is to act as the main interlocutor with IMF staff on all issues relating to participation in, and implementation of, the GDDS. In the early phase of participation, the coordinator may be called upon to ensure effective organization of the country’s involvement in the system. The tasks involved in this phase could include facilitating communications with IMF staff.
As a practical matter, the work of coordination will be most
The principal standard against which the transparency of Cameroon’s macroeconomic and sociodemographic data is assessed by the IMF’s General Data Dissemination System (GDDS). The coverage, periodicity, and timeliness for macroeconomic data in Cameroon are summarized in this study. The quality of the data, including their integrity and accessibility features, is assessed through an experimental data quality assessment framework that identifies six key aspects by which to judge the data. Economic data in Cameroon are also collected by statistical units in other government ministries, institutions, and civil registration offices.