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Producer Price Index (PPI)

      1. Kosovo Agency of Statistics - KAS
      1. Department of Economic Statistics and National Accounts.
      1. Ibish Asllani, Hasan Berisha
      1. Head of Price Division Statistics Official for Price Statistics
      1. Street “Zenel Salihu” no 4. 10000 Pristina, Kosovo.
      1. Ibish.asllani@rks-gov.net, hasan.berisha@rks-gov.net
      1. + 381 38 200 31 125, + 381 38 200 31 117
      1. No fax number available. The fax number is general for the office: +381 38 235 033
      1. 20/11/2015
      1. 20/11/2015
      1. 20/11/2017
      1. Kosovo Agency of Statistics (KAS) started to publish the Producer Price Index (PPI) in May 2009. Prices and value of industrial products are collected by manufacturing enterprises with most influence in Kosovo. Value of product and annual average price is referred for 2007, while the first quarter of 2009 the index is being monitored and calculated continuously in quarterly and annual periods. To calculate the Producer Price Index we have 24 divisions (economic activities) with about 160 manufacturing enterprise with about 500 items.
      1. PPI - Producer Price Index is in accordance with the Standard Classification of Activities according to NACE Rev. 2, based on "Regulation No.11/2013 Article 7 for the implementation of the standard classification of activities." PPI is ongoing and continuously seeks to include economic activities which currently are not active, but gradually the production is expected from these activities.
      1. Statistics cover all economic sectors. Tables present employment and non-employment by economic activity and occupation.
      1. Producer Price Index (PPI) is a relative indicator that measures the degree to which prices of goods (products) produced and services vary in certain periods of time.
      1. Prices of imported items for the calculation of import price index are taken by the importing enterprises. For calculating the CPI, the data (information) are obtained by manufacturing businesses.
      1. The target population consists of all manufacturing enterprises in Kosovo that have an impact on economic activity - manufacturing.
      1. Kosovo (national level)
      1. The import price index is published since 2009 and is published quarterly.
      1. Based index of import price index is 2010=100.
      1. The data of the Import Price Index are published as indices, quarterly and annual changes in percentage.
      1. Statistical units, natural and legal persons, regardless of whether they have a legal personality or not, are obliged to provide complete, updated and truthful information to the KAS and other producers of official statistics in appropriate form, timely and free of charge determined by the producer of official statistics, defined in article 2, Law No. 04/L-036 ON OFFICIAL STATISTICS OF REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO.
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      1. “Agency shall ensure that individual data collected for statistical purposes, whether collected from natural or legal persons, or bodies and organizations of the public administration (hereinafter “Respondents”), are handled in a strictly confidential manner and used exclusively for statistical purposes. Law 04/L-036, Article 34. “All respondents shall be obliged, in accordance with the applicable law, to cooperate and provide timely and accurately statistical data to the Agency, and to cooperate with the Agency to verify the accuracy of the collected data. Law 04/L-036, Article 21: http://ask.rks-gov.net/media/2024/law-on-officiial-statistics.pdf
      1. Access to confidential data shall be permitted only to persons who are in charge of producing the official statistics up to that level that these data are necessary for producing statistics. Article 37, Law No. 04/L-036: http://ask.rks-gov.net/media/2024/law-on-officiial-statistics.pdf .
      1. The KAS publishes yearly an advanced release calendar for all its publication for the current year. The calendar is publicly accessible on the KAS website.
      1. http://ask.rks-gov.net/en/news/release-calendar/
      1. The general policy is that before publishing statistics on the Kosovo Agency of Statistics web site a press release is available, also on the web site, to inform users and media. All users get access to data at the same time.
      1. The dissemination of data is quarterly.
      1. News releases on-line at the time of data dissemination.
      1. KAS publications, tables and material for press release are always available in three languages: Albanian, English and Serbian.
      1. KAS has online database: http://askdata.rks-gov.net/PXWeb/pxweb/en/askdata
      1. Users do not have direct access to micro-data, but by law researchers and institutions can request access through KAS.
      1. Data on statistics are also published in the KAS Statistical Yearbook: http://ask.rks-gov.net/media/3637/statistical-yearbook-of-the-republic-of-kosovo-2017.pdf
      1. A brief explanation of the definitions, key concepts and methodological explanations for users is presented in the publication of data: http://ask.rks-gov.net/media/3519/producer-price-index-ppi-q2-2017.pdf
      1. KAS is committed to quality assurance in the production of official statistics. Based on the "Law On Official Statistics, Law 04 / L-036", KAS uses statistical methods and processes in accordance with internationally accepted scientific principles and standards and conducts ongoing analyzes in order to improve the quality and delivery of updated statistics. In carrying out its duties, KAS follows the overall quality management principles, in line with the European Statistics Code of Practice. KAS has developed a Quality Statement which is available on the KAS website: http://ask.rks-gov.net/media/1890/statement-of-quality.pdf . The document lists eleven principles, much in line with the CoP principles like professional independence and statistical confidentiality, on which the work of KAS is based.
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      1. During July 2017, in Kosovo Agency of Statistics was conducted the process of assessment of the Kosovo Statistical System through the “Peer Review” approach.
      1. Mainly as a statistical parameter has a special significance as a deflator of Gross Domestic Product by product approach. Mainly used by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Central Bank, the IMF and the different researchers.
      1. One of the key elements to ensure the quality of statistical data is the measurement of the satisfaction of users. The survey aims to gather comprehensive information on the needs and requirements of users of official statistical data. Through this survey the users of statistical data have expressed their thoughts and opinions regarding statistical views, they have provided advice and suggestions regarding their needs for statistics and how to improve these statistical data in the future. This survey was conducted during the conference held with the users of statistical data, in which 11 users responded. The questionnaire contained eight questions and included various topics: the use of statistical data, evaluation of KAS in general, the assessment of the site in KAS, evaluating the quality of statistical data, etc. More detailed information on this survey can be found on the web: http://ask.rks-gov.net/media/1906/report-from-the-user-satisfaction-survey.pdf .
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      1. The import price index is the quarter (reference period April 1 – June 30, 2017) and publication of data is done according to the plan set by the management.
      1. Delay time is 0.
      1. Statistics refer to the local and national level.
      1. There are no breakdowns in time series.
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      1. The internal consistency of the data is checked before it is finalized. The links between the variables and the coherence in their series is also checked. The data are coherent in the internal aspect.
      1. To calculate the producer price index (PPI) in KAS is engaged a person, and in the collection of the questionnaires to regional directories are committed seven people. Time for preparation of questionnaires takes 10 days and then distributed to regional directorates for monitoring. Control, verification, involvement and results processing takes 30 days.
      1. There is no revision policy at KAS.
      1. No revisions have been carried out.
      1. Since 2014, PPI is calculated for 24 divisions (economic activities), about 160 manufacturing enterprise with about 500 items. As project (GOPA - KAS) has started during 2007 in order to create the basis for the establishment of PPI survey, while by mid-2010 the project is being supported by the Swedish SIDA. PPI from the first quarter 2014 uses specific weights updated by using data from Structural Business Survey (SBS) 2012.
      1. The data collection is quarterly.
      1. Data collection is done mostly through questionnaires on paper, by electronic mail and telephone.
      1. The material collected by the Regional Directorates goes through logical control before inserted in database by making comparisons with the previous quarter. Where there is a doubt, we contact by telephone or electronic mail to the person or enterprise reporting in the regional directorates in order to verify or improve the reporting of the item price.
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      1. Seasonal adjustment is not yet implemented.