The following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) provide basic information about using the ICS. (for answers click on the question links)
To use the ICS you will need the following:
The IMF will provide you with the following:
Data reporters are encouraged to register directly online at Register.
Upon completion of the online registration form, the IMF will contact the designated Official Correspondent at the registrant’s agency to request authorization.
After receiving the approval of the Official Correspondent, the IMF will issue detailed instructions for ICS login.
If you have questions or encounter difficulties using the ICS,
please contact the ICS Administrator through the Support Center.
The IMF ceased issuing paper copies of report forms in September 2006. Electronic copies of the report forms can be downloaded from the ICS.
The IMF ceased issuing paper copies of call letters in September 2006.
Only one copy of a report form should be “checked out” (downloaded) at any given time.
The ICS keeps track of each form that has been downloaded and will only accept the most recent copy of the downloaded form.
The recommendation is to download one copy of each form and circulate it among your colleagues for updating;
return the form only when it contains the full set of data to be reported.
If you are reporting using the spreadsheet format then you must download a fresh copy of the form for each reporting cycle.
The ICS keeps track of each downloaded form and only accepts the most recent copy in return; this ensures that only the most recent data are processed.
You may send multiple submissions within one reporting cycle; however, you must download a new report form each time you wish to make a new submission.
The ICS keeps track of each downloaded form and only accepts the most recent copy in return.
When you successfully submit data (using the “Upload Report Forms” option in the ICS) to the IMF, the following will occur:
For high-frequency, data please allow seven business days after you have uploaded your file before attempting to view the data from the ICS.
Lower-frequency data will be processed after higher frequency data and will have a longer lag time. Furthermore, data processing differs by data set; hence, some data may not be released for viewing until well after the reporting period.
Please contact the ICS Administrator through the Support Center for further information.
Within the ICS application, you may use the option, “View Activity” to monitor the data reporting of all institutions in your country.
Based upon the criteria you select, you can customize the particular reporting you wish to monitor.
Standard ICS login refers to an authentication level requiring a username and password for accessing the secure resources of the ICS.
Standard login is now the recommended login method to access the ICS. It is envisaged that ICS correspondents currently using SecurID® login will migrate to standard login.
ICS login with SecurID® requires three elements for login:
The SecurID® card is a physical login device that generates a new, random code every 60 seconds. It is used to provide two-factor user authentication to the ICS. The user must enter this code, along with a username and password at the ICS login screen in order to access protected resources.
If you lose or damage your SecurID® card, you must inform the ICS Administrator as soon as possible.
Contact the ICS Administrator through the Support Center.
Follow the instructions below to migrate to standard login:
Due to security features of the ICS, you should not share your ICS account information.
We recommend that the official correspondent designate more than one ICS correspondent per report form to insure against a lack of access during a staff member’s absence.
For questions regarding data, please contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.