Joint BIS-IMF-OECD-World Bank statistics on external debt

The 2013 External Debt Statistics: Guide for Compilers and Users (2013 EDS Guide) provides comprehensive guidance for measurement, compilation, analytical use, and presentation of external debt statistics.

The BIS banking and securities market statistics are an important element in the Joint BIS-IMF-OECD-World Bank statistics on external debt. These include quarterly data from creditor and market sources available from the four participating international organisations. Although the joint statistics do not provide a fully comprehensive and consistent measure of total external debt in each country, they bring together timely and international comparative data in this area. They also provide a breakdown by instrument and, importantly, show measures of short-term debt not easily available from other sources.

The data are available from a joint website in the format of tables and an online database. The four international organisations have improved the debt statistics, which are provided, together with external debt data published by national sources, through an electronic joint external debt hub (JEDH).