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Economic Research and Statistics 

The purpose of the Department is to support economic policy formulation by providing accurate economic information and well-considered research and recommendations.
 
To achieve its goal and to provide a dynamic, original, innovative and effective service to its clients, the Department performs the following functions:
  • Conducts and coordinates research
  • Collects domestic and international economic information
  • Analyses and interprets economic information
  • Distributes economic information and research results
  • Gives recommendations in respect of monetary policy and guidance on macroeconomic developments
  • Assesses and assists with the formulation of policy
  • Contributes to regional monetary and economic integration (SACU, CMA, SADC)
  • Supports and contributes to the Outreach Programme of the Bank
In more detail, these functions comprise the following:
 
Conducts and coordinates research
  • Research on sources of data
  • Methodological research
  • Identification of economic and social interrelationships
  • Estimation and simulation of economic behaviour
  • Analysis of short-term developments and problems
  • Structural, trend and in-depth research
Collects domestic and international economic information
  • Identification and collection
  • Compilation
  • Processing
  • Database maintenance

Analyses and interprets economic information

  • Develops positions on relevant economic issues
Distributes economic information and research results
External publications
  • Quarterly Bulletin
  • Annual Economic Report
  • Monetary Policy Review
  • Monthly Release of Selected Data
  • Research Papers
  • Other internet releases

  • Internal Publications
  • Research papers
  • Statistical releases
  • MPC background information
  • Notes on recent economic developments for meetings of the Board of Directors
  • Background information: Parliamentary Portfolio and Select Committees on Finance
  • Background information: Monetary Policy Forums
  • Other reports and reviews including formalised responses to enquiries
  • Commentary on economic matters and expert views on contentious issues
  • Attendance and participation in commissions, committees and other forums and meetings
  • Presentation of lectures and graphic presentations Participation in conferences
  • Gives guidance in respect of monetary policy and macroeconomic developments, in the form of:
    • Advice
    • Lectures and presentations
    • Formalised, structured courses
    • Conversations and discussions
    • Research publications
    • Reviews
    Assesses and assists with the formulation of policy
    • Formulates objective viewpoints and analysis
    • Provides informed opinions
    • Advice
    Contributes to regional monetary and economic integration (SACU, CMA, SADC)
    • Provides support secretarial services to the Committee of Central Bank Governors (CCBG) in SADC
     
     
         
     
     
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