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IMF Data Mapper® user guide

Introducing the tool

You should first read our explanation below and then try it out on Data Mapper screen. However, before we begin explaining the Data Mapper screen, we need to explain what the underlying data looks like. The Data Mapper tool draws on a number of datasets made available from the IMF and the OECD. Each dataset is further sub-divided into a number of subjects and each subject is further sub-divided into a number of sub-categories. Click here to view the structure of the underlying data for Data Mapper.

Note that other datasets will be added over time. Data are available from 1980 to the present, and projections are given for the next five years. For some countries, data are incomplete or unavailable for certain years.

OK, let us move on the Data Mapper screen. You should be aware that the Data Mapper screen has three core components – see figure 1 below:

Figure 1: Screenshot of Data Mapper®

IMF Data Mapper

  1. The top information bar
  2. The left-hand side window
  3. The right-hand side (main) window
  4. The IMF Data Mapper data structure

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Learning to export... The export process in 21 easy steps
Step 1: Considering exporting
Step 2:Current business viability
Step 3:Export readiness
Step 4:Broad mission statement and initial budget
Step 5:Confirming management's commitment to exports
Step 6: Undertaking an initial SWOT analysis of the firm
Step 7:Selecting and researching potential countries abroad
Step 8: Preparing and implementing your export plan
Step 9: Obtaining financing for your exports
Step 10: Managing your export risk
Step 11: Promoting the firm and its products abroad
Step 12: Negotiating and quoting in exports
Step 13: Revising your export costings and price
Step 14: Obtaining the export order
Step 15: Producing the goods
Step 16: Handling the export logistics
Step 17: Export documentation
Step 18: Providing follow-up support
Step 19: Getting paid
Step 20: Reviewing and improving the export process
Step 21: Export Management
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