Washington, DC: The Republic of Estonia has completed the requirements for adherence to the IMF Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS) Plus—the highest tier of the Data Standards Initiatives. The Republic of Estonia’s SDDS Plus data are now accessible through the Dissemination Standards Bulletin Board .
Mr. Louis Marc Ducharme, Chief Statistician and Data Officer, and Director of the Statistics Department of the IMF, welcomed the Republic of Estonia’s adherence and noted that “the dissemination of the new data sets under the SDDS Plus will be invaluable in fostering a deeper understanding and more informed assessments of the performance of the Republic of Estonia’s financial sector, the cross-border-financial linkages, and the vulnerabilities of the economy to shocks.”
The SDDS Plus builds on the SDDS, and its purpose is to assist statistically advanced countries with the publication of comprehensive, timely, and reliable economic and financial data in an environment of continuing economic and financial integration.
The Data Standards Initiatives were established in the mid-1990s to enhance member countries’ data transparency and promote the development of sound statistical systems. The need for data dissemination standards was highlighted by the financial crises of the mid-1990s and again in the late-2000s when information deficiencies were seen to play a role.
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