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Central Bank of the Republic of China


External debt

The Republic of China
External debt

Contact person Data Processing Section
Foreign Exchange Department, Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
Phone: 886-2-23571225
Fax: 886-2-23571129


Dissemination formats Hardcopy
    ( ) News release
( ) Weekly ( ) monthly ( ) quarterly bulletin
( ) Other
    ( x ) On-line country bulletin board or database
( ) Diskette ( ) CD ROM ( ) Other


The Data: Coverage, Periodicity, and Timeliness

Coverage characteristics

5.1.1 Statistical presentation

The ROC's total external debt can be divided into long-term (more than one year) and short-term (less than and including one year) debt depending on the term of original maturity.

Each of them includes public external debt and private external debt. Most public external debt is long-term debt and raised by the government entities. The main part of private external debt is short-term debt. The principal borrowers of private external debt include authorized foreign exchange banks, OBUs, and private enterprises.

The basic data are obtained from government departments, banks and private enterprises.

4.1.1 Periodicity


4.1.2 Timeliness

The preliminary quarterly external debt data are disseminated 50 days after the end of the reference quarter. In other words, the press release dates usually fall on the 20th of Feb., May, Aug. and Nov.

Access by the Public

Advance dissemination of release

5.1.3 Advance release calendar

The external debt statistics are released regularly according to an advance release calendar.
Simultaneous release to all
interested parties

5.1.4 Simultaneous release

The data are available on the CBC website.


Dissemination of terms and
conditions under which official
statistics are produced, including
those relating to the confidentiality of
individually identifiable information

0.1.3 Confidentiality of individual reporters' data

The data from the individual banks and private enterprises are treated as confidential.

0.1.4 Ensuring statistical reporting

Article 39 of Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Act provides that the CBC shall collect and compile external debt for the purpose of supervision and management. 
Identification of internal government
access to data prior to release

1.2.2 Internal governmental access to statistics prior to release

There is no internal government access to the data before the release to the public.
Identification of ministerial
commentary on the occasion of
statistical releases
Provision of information about
revision and advance notice of major
changes in methodology

4.3.2 Identification of preliminary and/or revised data

Data are not routinely revised. If there are revisions, the publication of "External Debt Quarterly" would note that "r." refers to revision.


Dissemination of documentation on methodology and sources used in preparing statistics

5.2.2 Disseminated level of detail

The relevant statistical data is provided to meet the needs of target users.
(See also Summary of Methodology)

Dissemination of component detail,
reconciliations with related data, and statistical frameworks that support statistical cross-checks and provide assurance of reasonableness

4.2.3 Intersectoral and cross-domain consistency

The basic data are obtained from different sectors. Some can be cross-checked to find the duplicates or omissions.
Notes: Summary page on observance

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