International Debt Statistics 2019 is a continuation of the World Bank's publications Global Development Finance, Volume II (1997 through 2009) and the earlier World Debt Tables (1973 through 1996). This year's edition is designed to respond to user demand for timely, comprehensive data on trends in external debt among 121 low- and middle-income countries. As in previous years, this report provides statistical tables for countries that report public and publicly guaranteed external debt to the World Bank's Debtor Reporting System (DRS). In addition, the publication showcases the broader spectrum of debt data collected and compiled by the World Bank.
Presentation and access to data have been refined in this edition of International Debt Statistics 2019 to improve the user experience. The printed edition of the report now provides an inclusive overview and a select set of indicators, while an expanded data set is available online (https://datatopics. worldbank.org/debt/ids
The tables presented in the book cover external debt stocks and flows, major economic aggregates, key debt ratios, and the currency composition of long-term debt. The text also includes such information as country notes, definitions, and data sources for each table. Country tables (available online) feature longer time series and more detailed data for more than 200 time series indicators, as well as pipeline data for scheduled debt service payments on existing commitments to 2025.
International Debt Statistics 2019 is unique in its coverage of the important trends and issues fundamental to the financing of low- and middle-income countries. The report is an indispensable resource for governments, economists, investors, financial consultants, academics, bankers, and the entire development community. World Bank open databases are available through the World Bank's Development Data Hub (https://datacatalog.worldbank.org