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reporting obligation and the SIFA advised during an earlier mission that their role was simply to register the offshore companies and did not foresee measuring the activity of these units. As the offshore companies have no physical presence in Samoa, the trustees of the offshore company accounts may be the more likely potential source of information. 38. Counterpart data from the IMF’s Coordinated Direct Investment Survey (CDIS) suggests that Samoa has substantial outward direct investment to China that is not reflected in the Samoa balance of payments figures. One

International Monetary Fund. Statistics Dept.

with counterpart data for Harmonized System (HS) Chapters relevant to military goods/large equipment imports and verify discrepancies. June 2020 H CSO IMTS compilers to inform the CSO management on the need to use supplementary data sources (such as counterpartsdata) to verify and supplement the Customs data when compiling IMTS; and seek their consideration and approval. June 2020 M BPS to communicate with the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security (MOLES) regarding the data entry spreadsheet for the ESS related question added to the

International Monetary Fund. Statistics Dept.
This Technical Assistance Report paper highlights that the work on verifying reasonable size of coverage adjustments for Myanmar’s imports was addressed during the mission, using bilateral trade data from Thailand and China. The mission illustrated how granular data can be used to help determine proper adjustments to improve the coverage of the International merchandise trade statistics, using Thailand’s data on exports to Myanmar cross-classified by border checkpoint and 2-digit HS code. The data indicated potential under-coverage of Myanmar imports for a few checkpoints sharing land border with Thailand. Although the actual travel expenditure per person per day for certain years is likely to be lower than the time series published by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism given continuous depreciation of Kyat over the past five years, this factor should unlikely outweigh the effect of growing numbers of inbound tourists. Balance-of-payments compilation file used by the Central Bank of Myanmar Balance of Payments Section has now been modified to accommodate suggested coverage adjustments for imports, and the new estimation model for freight and insurance on imports proposed during March 2019 mission.
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counterpart data collection or residual data—to obtain data from balance sheets. Each technique applies the principle that every asset (other than monetary gold and SDRs at a central bank) must have a matching liability. The information that is stored in balance-sheet databases in greater detail than is required for compiling the matrix facilitates the exercise of control over the allocation of counterpart data and residual data. For example, for most tradable securities denominated in foreign currency, the rest of the world is treated as a residual category. To balance

International Monetary Fund. Asia and Pacific Dept

has been significantly improved by making use of data from monetary statistics. However, net errors and omissions remain large. Imports of goods coverage have shortcomings. Counterpart data on imports of goods showed large discrepancy. Work is underway to improve services data. The direct investment (DI) survey assisted in better capturing the liabilities of direct investment enterprises. However, data on DI assets remain not captured. Compilation of international investment position in BPM6 basis has finished but not released. Data Standards and Quality

International Monetary Fund. Asia and Pacific Dept

statistics has been reported to STA in BPM6 format since the end of 2015, with both quarterly and annual data available from 2010. There is a break in the data series due to changes in compilation techniques and methodology. Coverage of other investment has been significantly improved by making use of data from monetary statistics. However, net errors and omissions remain large. Imports of goods coverage has shortcomings. Counterpart data on imports of goods showed large discrepancies. Work is underway to improve services data. The direct investment (DI) survey assisted in

International Monetary Fund. Statistics Dept.

recommended, as new benchmark actions the following: The BOJ, using the same matrix as for the financial balances, (for instrument by sector and subsector), produce interim/preliminary sector tables and the FOF matrix from March 2013 through end 2016 (for internal use) of financial transactions, by sector and instrument, to show, as far as possible, from-whom-to-whom relationships, using counterpart data where necessary. The matrix will initially have empty cells that can be filled as other data sources are developed; and The development of a database for the FOF