Office of the High Commissioner for the Plan of Morocco for the development of a Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) in Mauritania

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:06 Written by 
  • Location(s): Mauritania, Morocco
  • Type(s): Solution
  • Theme(s): Health, Public Private Partnership, Water and Sanitation
  • SDG(s): 6. Clean Water and Sanitation, 17. Partnerships for the Goals
  • Locations in Africa: Mauritania
  • Types in Africa: Solution
  • Themes in Africa: Public Private Partnership, Water and Sanitation
  • SDGs in Africa: 6. Clean Water and Sanitation, 17. Partnerships for the Goals
  • Types of ComSec Solutions: Solution

Summary

Exchange of South-South cooperation with Morocco for the establishment of the Social Accounting Matrix.

Challenge

National statistical and accounting capacity building.

Solution

A Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) is a square matrix in which each account is represented by a row and a column. It provides a complete picture of the economic transactions of an economy. The matrix provides as complete a mapping as possible of the flow of economic flows within the national economy. It serves as a base for economic models that will be developed by the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) to analyze the impact of economic policies.

The proposed solution consisted of a knowledge sharing activity that took place in June 2014 between statistical experts from the Office of the High Commissioner for Planning of Morocco and the Directorate of Forecasting and Economic Analysis of Mauritania.

Sharing has given policymakers the opportunity to better evaluate public policies and adjust them to make them more efficient through the restructuring of economic data. The system has facilitated understanding of the interrelationships between the various parts of the macroeconomic system.

The main results achieved with the support of the Office of the High Commissioner for Planning of Morocco are:

  • A detailed social accounting matrix for the Mauritanian economy based on the 1993 System of National Accounts (SNA 93) is produced
  • A methodology for developing adapted SAMs is developed and disseminated;
  • MEF executives are trained in SAM methodology

Supported by: UNDP

Implemented by:
Morocco: High Commissioner for Planning
Mauritania: Ministry of Economy and Finance, Directorate of Forecasting and Economic Analysis

Contact person:
Oumar Gueye,
Director of Forecasting and Economic Analysis
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