Technical assistance is one of the benefits of IMF membership. About two-thirds of IMF technical assistance goes to low- and lower-middle-income countries.Post-conflict countries are also major beneficiaries. Apart from the immediate benefit to recipient countries, by helping individual countries reduce weaknesses and vulnerabilities, technical assistancealso contributes to a more robust and stable global economy. Further, technical assistance provided to emerging and industrialized economies in select cutting-edge areas helps provide tractionto IMF policy advice, and keeps the institution up-to-date on innovations and risks to the international economy.
The Pacific and Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centers
The AfricanRegional Technical Assistance Centers
The Middle East Regional Technical Assistance Center
The Central America, Panama and the Dominican Republic Regional Technical Assistance Center
TAIMSThe TAIMS’ database includes project details that are entered directly into the system (e.g., project’s ID and funding source) and information that is drawn from main technical assistancedocuments.
The information derived from the Data ROSCs is rich in two ways. First, it includes the IMF statistical experts’ assessments on the various aspects/dimensions of datacollection, processing and dissemination in the respective countries, which are measured against best international practices. In essence, the experts’ assessments highlight the data dimensionsin need of improvement, and thus the scope of future technical assistance. Second, for a selected number of cases, the reports include information on surveys that were launched by the Data ROSCmissions to collect information/views from principal local users (i.e., private sector businesses, embassies, public agencies, and national and regional institutions) on the official statistics.