Annual Government Finance Statistics Workshop (by Invitation)

Workshop: May 20 – 24, 2019ILjubljana, SloveniaIData and Analysis for Designing Policies, Accounting

This workshop will advise the compilers of statistics on developing GFS data and data reporting, including the Maastricht deficit and debt and the excessive deficit procedure. The participants will also have the opportunity to exchange views and experiences, and strengthen regional and institutional cooperation.

This regional event, funded by the Switzerland State Secretariat on Economic Affairs (SECO), represent the continuation of the project »Improve Capacity for Government Finance Statistics (GFS) in Southeastern European Countries«. It will be organized for the 5th year in an ongoing series. The project involves five countries in the SEE region: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, and Serbia.

The specific objectives of the GFS in SEE workshop are to (i) explain and build capacity in GFS and European Union and IMF requirements in this area; (ii) explain the compilation of fiscal data from financial statements of extrabudgetary units per the reporting guidelines of the IMF Government Financial Statistics Manual 2014 and the Eurostat  Manual on Government Deficit and Debt; (iii) illustrate the linkage between GFS data and how these data are used in practice with fiscal surveillance; and (iv) further facilitate sharing of issues arising and best practice among country representatives.

Target Audience

The target audience includes finance officials from central banks, ministries of finance and statistical offices who are responsible for compiling fiscal statistics.

This workshop is by invitation only.


The learning initiative will be delivered under the guidance of:

  • Deon Florian Tanzer- IMF GFS Advisor

Deon is the IMF Resident Advisor for South East Europe covering GFS, based at the CEF in Ljubljana since September 2016. He joined the IMF at the end of 2013, after working for Statistics Netherlands for 7 years, mostly as a senior statistician in the Government Finance Statistics department.  He attained his Master of Arts, majoring in development economics and transitional economics in 1999 from the University of Amsterdam. He also has experience as a labor market researcher for Ecorys Netherlands.

  • Philip Stokoe, IMF



This learning initiative is supported by:

International Monetary Fund State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO