consistency with international guidelines. Reconciliation of data sources needs to be improved and the institutional and transactions coverage expanded. The MOFstaff lack the technical expertise necessary to compile GFS, and their effectiveness could be strengthened by training in GFS methodology. They, nevertheless, compile statistics that are considered to be impartial and maintain high ethical standards. However, transparency in the performance of statistical functions could be enhanced by public notification of government access to fiscal statistics, prior to their
This technical assistance (TA) report on government finance statistics (GFS) covers the remote TA to the Ministry of Finance (MOF) during September 21–October 2 and December 14–18, 2020 and March 9–13 and April 19–23, 2021 (which was extended to May 2021). These peripatetic activities were conducted remotely due to the travel restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 situation. This report documents the main achievements from these activities. These activities were part of the GFS and Public Sector Debt Statistics (PSDS) project funded by the Government of Japan (JSA3) and implemented by the IMF Statistics Department (STA) and the IMF Capacity Development Office in Thailand (CDOT).