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Dissemination Standard
Date of last update: 03/12/2002

SUMMARY PAGE ON OBSERVANCE AND TRANSITION PLAN

Contact Person

Tulio Josť Lenti Maciel
Organization Banco Central do Brasil, Departamento Econômico

Phone Number

55 61 3414-1002 or 3414-1004

Fax Number

55 61 3414-3754

Internet Address

tulio.maciel@bcb.gov.br

Check marks (x) indicate that the specifications of the SDDS for data coverage, periodicity, and timeliness are met. A number shows where Brazil has made use of the SDDS's flexibility on these elements or has presented plans to meet the specifications during the transition period. The table shows Brazil's present practice and a footnote indicates the use of the flexibility or the transition plan.

Category (and, if different, national descriptor) Coverage Periodicity Timeliness
REAL SECTOR
National accounts   x x x
Production index   x x x
Labor market: Employment   x x x
Labor market: Unemployment   x x x
Labor market: Wages/Earnings   x x x
Price indices: Consumer prices   x x x
Price indices: Producer prices   x x x
FISCAL SECTOR
General government or public sector operations   x x (1)
Central government operations   x x x
Central government debt   x x x
FINANCIAL SECTOR
Analytical accounts of the banking sector   x x (2)
Analytical accounts of the Central Bank   x x x
Interest rates   x x ...
Stock market: Share price index   x x ...
EXTERNAL SECTOR
Balance of payments   x x x
International reserves   x x x
Merchandise trade   x x x
International investment position   x x x
Exchange rates   x x ...
POPULATION   x x ...
(1) Brazil is taking a flexibility option for the timeliness of the General Government Operations. However, it is expected that the present timeliness will be reduced with the Fiscal Responsibility Law, recently approved in May, 2000.
(2) The timing gap of this category is a particular feature of the Brazilian legislation (Circular no. 3,097, dated 3.6.2002) which obliges banking institutions to present quartely balance sheets containing final statistics which are subject to official audit standard practices and control. As a result, the last month of every quarter is released 6 weeks after the reference month. For the other months, data are released 4 weeks after the end of the reference month.