About the IFC

The Irving Fisher Committee on Central Bank Statistics (IFC) is a forum of central bank economists and statisticians, as well as others who want to participate in discussing statistical issues of interest to central banks. The IFC is established and governed by the international central banking community and operates under the auspices of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). It is associated with the International Statistical Institute (ISI).

Rashad Cassim, Deputy Governor of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), is the Chair of the Irving Fisher Committee on Central Bank Statistics (IFC). He is appointed for a three-year period, starting on 12 September 2019. Mr Cassim has been heading the Economic Research and Statistics Department of the SARB since 2011 and is a member of both the Financial Stability Committee and the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank. His CV is available here.

As part of its mission to serve as a forum for central banks on statistical issues, the IFC is gathering statistical initiatives developed in response to the global Covid-19 outbreak.

Recent activities and publications

October 2020: The proceedings of the IFC Conference on external statistics, co-organised with the Bank of Portugal and the European Central Bank in Lisbon on 17-18 February 2020 were published in the IFC Bulletin No 52.

September 2020:  How Covid-19 is changing the world: a statistical perspective - Volume II

July 2020: IFC Report on monitoring financial innovation in central bank statistics

April 2020: ´╗┐IFC report on computing platforms for big data analytics and artificial intelligence

February 2020: IFC Report on central banks and fintech data issues

February 2020: The proceedings of the IFC Workshop on the use of financial accounts, co-organised with the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey, in Istanbul on 18-20 March 2019 were published in the IFC Bulletin No 51.

13 January 2020: The BIS All Governors' meeting approved the publication of the 2019 IFC Annual Report.

The 10th IFC Conference will not be held in Basel in August 2020; new details about future IFC events will be communicated in due course.

December 2019: IFC Working Paper no 19 on "Using mirror data to track international banking"

May 2019: The proceedings of the IFC - Bank Indonesia International Workshop and Seminar on Big Data in Bali on 23-26 July 2018 (programmes: workshop, seminar) were published in the IFC Bulletin No 50


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