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Published Date:
October 2003
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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

2003

© 2003 International Monetary Fund

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Foreign direct investment statistics: how countries measure FDI 2001—Washington, D.C.:

International Monetary Fund: OECD, 2003.

  • p. cm.

  • ISBN 9781589062207

1. Investments, Foreign—Statistical methods. I. International Monetary Fund.

II. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

HG4538.F56 2003

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Contents

Preface

The increasing importance of multinational enterprises in the global economy has stimulated interest in improving the availability, the accuracy, and the coverage of foreign direct investment (FDI) statistics among policymakers, analysts, and statisticians. Foreign Direct Investment Statistics: How Countries Measure FDI shows progress in recent years in moving toward compilation in accordance with international standards that have been established by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

This report also provides information on the current practices regarding the statistical measurement of FDI of 61 countries, with the aim of improving users’ understanding of the methodology applied for compiling the data.

The report is based on information obtained from the 2001 update of the joint IMF/OECD Survey of Implementation of Methodological Standards for Direct Investment (SIMSDI), which covers 30 OECD countries and 31 other IMF member countries.

The report was prepared by Ms. Marie Montanjees, a Senior Economist in the IMF’s Statistics Department, and Ms. Ayse Bertrand, Administrator in the OECD Directorate for Financial, Fiscal, and Enterprise Affairs.

Carol S. Carson

Director

Statistics Department

International Monetary Fund

William H. Witherell

Director

Financial, Fiscal, and Enterprise Affairs Directorate

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Abbreviations

Benchmark

OECD Benchmark Definition of Foreign Direct Investment

BOP Committee

IMF Committee on Balance of Payments Statistics

BPM5

IMF Balance of Payments Manual, fifth edition

COPC

Current Operating Performance Concept

EU

European Union

Eurostat

Statistical Office of the European Communities

FCS

Fully Consolidated System

FDI

Foreign direct investment

IIP

International investment position

IMF

International Monetary Fund

ITRS

International transactions reporting system

MFI

Monetary financial institution

OECD

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

SDDS

Special Data Dissemination Standard

SIMSDI

Survey of Implementation of Methodological Standards for Direct Investment

SNA93

System of National Accounts 1993

SPE

Special purpose entity

WPFS

Working Party on Financial Statistics (OECD)

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