Courses 2021 Virtual

Undergoing an AML / CFT Mutual Evaluation (AMLSv)

Course Date

Course Number

January 10-14, 2021

CE21.05V

Target Audience:  Officials from countries that are scheduled to undergo an AML/CFT mutual evaluation under the second round of the Middle East and North Africa Financial Action Task Force (MENAFATF); legal drafters, policy makers, financial sector supervisors, and regulators of designated nonfinancial businesses and professions; financial intelligence unit officials; criminal justice officials; officials who are involved in assessing national money laundering and terrorist financing risks, and more broadly officials tasked with preparing for their countries’ mutual evaluations and application of anti-money laundering (AML) and combating the financing of terrorism (CFT) laws.

Qualifications: The participants must also have practical experience of at least two years in AML/CFT issues and would preferably be directly involved in preparations for a mutual evaluation.

Language: The course is conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation into Arabic.

Course Description: This course is provided by the Legal Affairs Department at the International Monetary Fund and is designed to assist officials in charge of preparing their country files in preparation for undergoing the mutual evaluation process. The course also aims to give a broad overview of the international standard for combating money laundering and terrorist financing, sharpen the understanding of select aspects of the standard and how to implement these, and present methods for demonstrating effectiveness of implementation. It will also clarify administrative aspects of a mutual evaluation and share good practices in managing the process.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Deepen their understanding of the requirements under the FATF Standard and increase ability to demonstrate effectiveness of implementation.
  • Understand administrative aspects of a mutual evaluation process.

Introductory Course on Monetary and Financial Statistics (MFS-Iv)

Course Date

Course Number

Sponsor

January 11-14, 2021

CE21.20V

Arab Monetary Fund (AMF)

Abu Dhabi-UAE

Target Audience: Central bank officials responsible for compiling monetary statistics.

Qualifications: Participants should have a degree in economics or statistics or equivalent experience.

Language: The course is conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation into Arabic.

Course Description: This course, presented by the IMF Statistics Department, prepares participants to compile monetary statistics covering the central bank (CB) and other depository corporations (ODCs) in accordance with international standards. The course materials are based on the Monetary and Financial Statistics Manual and Compilation Guide (MFSMCG). The course discusses the principles of residency and sectorization of institutional units, the characteristics and types of financial instruments, valuation principles, and other accounting issues that are relevant to the compilation of monetary statistics. Participants also become familiar with the defining characteristics of depository corporations (DCs), notably their role as money issuers, and with the main principles on which analysis of monetary and credit aggregates is based. The course consists of lectures, workshops, and case studies dealing with practical aspects of compiling monetary statistics, especially the use of financial statements for filling out standardized report forms (SRFs 1SR and 2SR) for the CB and ODCs, and the derivation of the monetary survey for the CB, ODCs, and the depository corporations sector. At the end of the course, participants are expected to make a short presentation on monetary statistics compilation issues in their own countries.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Compile monetary statistics (sectoral balance sheets and surveys) for the CB, ODC, and DC sectors according to the methodology recommended by the MFSMCG (i.e., residency, sectorization, account classification by type of financial instruments, valuation, and other accounting issues) using SRFs 1SR and 2SR.
  • Use the monetary survey and the main monetary and credit aggregates in analyzing monetary policy.

Strengthening Budget Institutions - – Budget Execution and Cash Management (SBIv)

Course Date

Course Number

January 11-14, 2021

CE21.19V

Target Audience: Mid-level to senior officials in ministries of finance or economy, treasuries, cash management or debt management offices.

Qualifications: Participants are expected to have experience in experience and basic background in cash and debt management.

Language: The course is conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation into Arabic.

Course Description: The four-day virtual course presented by the Fiscal Affairs Department is based on the full course on Strengthening Budget Institutions with a focus this year on budget execution and cash management. The course aims at bringing together managers and technical staff of ministries of finance from countries in the region to enhance their understanding and share ideas and experiences in the policy choices and operational techniques required to efficiently execute a budget.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Summarize and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the cash management practices of their own country relative to regional comparators.
  • Explain and describe how to strengthen their cash management arrangements.
  • Summarize factors in the choices involved in treasury single account systems.

Risk Based Banking Supervision (RBSv)

Course Date

Course Number

Sponsor

January 18-21, 2021

NI21.01V

METAC

Targeted Audience: Mid to Senior level banking supervisors and inspectors in charge of the supervision of banks.

Qualifications: Applicants are expected to be involved in banking supervision. Ability to use simple Excel-based spreadsheets is recommended. Participants are expected to analyze their own country’s risk-based supervision framework and conduct exercises in a self-paced manner which can be done individually or in groups.

Language: The course is conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation into Arabic.

Course Description:  This regional course, presented by the IMF-CEF and the IMF-Middle East Regional Technical Assistance Center (METAC), aims at bringing together banking supervisors and inspectors to improve their knowledge, skills and capabilities in methods and tools for risk-based supervision, with a focus on sharing regional practices.

Delivery: In order to guarantee a hands-on and interactive training approach, two topical presentations will be provided during each session and will be limited to 35 minutes each. 50 minutes will be allocated to the hands-on case study each day. To achieve maximum interactivity and buy in, the practical part of the course will be divided into groups of participants, in different dedicated cisco WebEx rooms, for the purpose of solving the case studies. Participants have to present the results of their case study the next day and are free to stay longer in the special room than the 50 minutes if need be.  The results will be shared in the plenum and discussed.

Course Objective: Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the objectives, relevance and implementation challenges of risk-based supervision frameworks.
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of their country’s approach to risk-based supervision.
  • Develop a plan for strengthening their risk-based supervision framework.

For additional information concerning the content of the course, please address your inquiries to Mr. Didier Casier, METAC Banking Supervision advisor, at: dcasier@imf.org

Fiscal Policy Analysis in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic (FPAv) 

Course Date

Course Number

Sponsor

January 18-28, 2021

CE21.01V

Arab Monetary Fund (AMF)

Abu Dhabi-UAE

Target Audience: Junior to senior officials interested in understanding fiscal policy and its macroeconomic implications.

Qualifications: Participants are expected to have taken undergraduate courses in macroeconomics or have equivalent experience and have a basic background in microeconomics and econometrics. It is strongly recommended that applicants have completed the Financial Programming and Policies (FPP) course.

Language: The course is conducted in Arabic.

Course Description: The COVID-19 pandemic and the economic contraction it triggered is putting enormous pressures on public finances. The impact is compounded in oil-exporting countries due to a sharp decline in oil prices. The severity of the shock will likely result in a temporary large deterioration in the fiscal accounts and an increase in public debt levels.

The course provides an overview of the fiscal policy tools that governments have used to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on households and firms and their potential implications on macroeconomic stability and sustainable long-term growth.  This hands-on course is built around the core macro-fiscal topics needed to assess the role of fiscal policy in macroeconomic management. The learning units include general empirical findings, Microsoft Excel-based workshops, case studies, and selected topics of regional interest.

Quarterly National Accounts (QNAv)

Course Date

Course Number

Sponsor

February 1-4, 2021

CE21.23V

Arab Monetary Fund (AMF)

Abu Dhabi-UAE

Target Audience: Officials responsible for compiling national accounts statistics.

Qualifications: Participants should have a degree in economics or statistics or the equivalent.

Language: The course is conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation into Arabic.

Course Description: This course, presented by the IMF Statistics Department, offers an opportunity for thorough understanding of concepts, sources of data, and compilation techniques for producing quarterly national accounts statistics. The course is based on the IMF Quarterly National Accounts Manual (2017 Edition) and is oriented to national accounts compilers from countries that are improving, developing, or planning to develop quarterly national accounts (QNA). The course covers both theoretical and practical compilation issues, specifically the following main topics:

  • scope and role of QNA
  • data sources for compiling quarterly GDP estimates (mainly using production and expenditure approaches)
  • editing procedures and dealing with indicators
  • benchmarking techniques for combining quarterly indicators with annual estimates
  • seasonal adjustments
  • price and volume measures
  • chain-linking techniques for compiling QNA time series
  • early estimates of quarterly GDP
  • other specific QNA issues
  • revision policy and dissemination practices.

The course consists of lectures, workshops, and small group discussions.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the QNA in terms of its compilation, scope, role, and international standards and best practices.
  • Describe data requirements for and methods of compiling the different sets of QNA statistics, especially GDP and its valuation.
  • Illustrate the relation of the QNA to other aggregates within the SNA.
  • Draw up a simple framework to compile basic national accounts series, from collection and development of source data to application of simple statistical methods to derive aggregates.
  • Gain practical experience dealing with specific issues relating to the compilation and use of quarterly data.
  • Describe the analytical uses of quarterly information on GDP, other potential analytical uses, and some advanced techniques to assess economic activity more accurately.

Current Issues in Banking Supervision and Regulation (BRSv)

Course Date

Course Number

February 1-4, 2021

CE21.17V

Target Audience: Mid-level to senior bank supervisors as well as regulators working in the supervision and regulation departments of central banks and agencies charged with supervising banks.

Qualifications: Participants are expected to have experience in banking regulation and supervision.

Language: The course is conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation into Arabic.

Course Description: This course, presented by the Monetary and Capital Markets Department, reviews the latest developments in banking supervision and regulation, including the capital adequacy standards, the liquidity measurement rules, large exposures and related party transactions, and evolving policy views and approaches for dealing with the Covid-19 crisis. Sessions focus on aspects of particular relevance to each region and discuss both the main implementation challenges and their implications for banks and supervisory authorities. The course will also focus on implications of the Covid-19 crisis on banking regulation and supervision. In this regard, the guidelines of standard-setting bodies as well as the policy measures implemented by countries in response to the Covid-19 crisis will be discussed.  .

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Define and summarize the main elements of the Basel standards and how they are being implemented in their own countries.
  • Describe the latest reforms and developments in other international banking regulatory standards.
  • Identify good supervisory practices to capture and assess banking risks and take effective action.
  • Describe the implications of the Covid-19 crisis on banking regulation and supervision. 

Tax Policy and Administration: Theory and Practice (TPATv)

Course Date

Course Number

February 1-4, 2021

CE21.22V

Target Audience: Senior officials from ministries of finance and tax administrations whose responsibilities include advising ministers on tax policy issues or managing tax administration. Their duties are likely to include policy analysis and evaluation; drafting policy proposals; drafting tax laws; and managing organizational issues, strategic planning, information technology, and other major operational functions in tax administration.

Qualifications: Participants involved in policy areas are expected to have a degree in economics, law, or a related field, experience in producing analytical reports, and proficiency in Microsoft Excel. Participants involved in tax administration areas are expected to be senior managers from the top two levels of their agency.

Language: The course is conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation into Arabic.

Course Description: This course, presented by the Fiscal Affairs Department, is designed to broaden participants’ knowledge of the main challenges governments face in designing, administering, and monitoring a modern tax system. It briefly outlines the theoretical underpinnings of tax policymaking and discusses in detail its practice and implementation with an emphasis on the region the course is directed to. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and develop strategies to improve their tax systems and how they are implemented and administered. Through lectures and workshops, the course:

  • Provides an overview of policy design principles and their implications for tax administration—establishing linkages between tax policy and administration and showing how functions feed into one another;
  • Reviews design issues for major taxes that form modern tax systems (e.g., broad-based consumption and income taxes, property taxes, and small business tax regimes) and discusses approaches to tax policymaking in specific economic and institutional settings, such as resource-rich countries and countries in economic blocs/customs unions;
  • Discusses the organization and operations of tax administrations and the management of tax compliance, drawing on experiences within and beyond the region.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Summarize key tax policy design principles and their implications for tax administrations, such as how to link tax policy and tax administration; how  functions feed into one another; and how design principles may differ in different economic settings, perhaps comparing resource-rich countries with other countries.
  • Identify the core elements of the major taxes in modern tax systems, such as broad-based consumption and income taxes, property taxes, or small business tax regimes.
  • Recognize the impact and consequences of specific policies usually in place in some countries (reduced rates, exemptions, tax incentives, delay in refund tax credits such as the VAT, restriction to input tax deductions in the VAT or expenses in the CIT, etc.).
  • Identify the main problems affecting international taxation and the tools to reduce them (transfer pricing regulations, exchange of information among countries, etc.).
  • Describe and analyze the organization and core functions of modern tax administrations, and the key challenges and approaches to managing tax compliance.
  • Summarize common barriers and approaches to tax system reform, including the formulation of a Medium-Term Revenue Strategy (MTRS).
  • Explain new tools for the assessment of a tax system, including the tax administration diagnostic assessment tool (TADAT), Revenue Administration Gap Analysis Program (RA-GAP), Tax Expenditure Assessment Tool, etc.

Value Chain and Industry Analysis for Policy Design – Bootcamp (VCv)

Course Date

Course Number

Sponsor

February 8-11, 2021

CE21.104V

World Bank

Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice

Target Audience: This course is designed for senior level government officials from the ministries of industry, trade, agriculture, economy, and planning as well as SME and local development agencies and authorities.

Qualifications: Participants will be senior level representatives from the ministries of industry, trade, agriculture, economy, and planning as well as SME and local development agencies and authorities, playing a decision-making role in the design, implementation, oversight and/or evaluation of cluster, sectoral or national development policies, programs and projects.

Language: The course is conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation into Arabic.

Course Description:  The objective is to help policymakers to improve their skills in Industry Analysis, Strategic Segmentation and Value Chain Analysis and Benchmarking. These widely used business strategy tools are applied with a different lens, to identify market failures that hamper private sector development and design non-disruptive public policies to address them. 

Financial Programming and Policies (FPPv)

Course Date

Course Number

February 8-18, 2021

CE21.02V

Target Audience: Officials from ministries of finance, economy, planning and central banks who advise on or help implement macroeconomic and financial policies.

Qualifications: Participants are expected to have a degree in economics or equivalent experience and be proficient in the use of spreadsheets. It is strongly recommended that applicants have completed the online Financial Programming and Policies, Part 1: Macroeconomic Accounts and Analysis (FPP.1x) or the online Financial Programming and Analysis, Part 2: Program Design (FPP.2x) course.

Language: The course is conducted in Arabic.

Course Description: This course explains how to diagnose macroeconomic imbalances and correct them through a coordinated set of adjustment policies. It covers the principal features of the four main macroeconomic sectors (real, fiscal, external, and monetary) and their interlinkages, highlighting both accounting and behavioral relationships and using data from a country case study.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Analyze economic and financial developments of a country in the region using historical data and a hands-on, Excel-based framework;
  • Create consistent one-year macroeconomic projections on the assumption that policies do not change;
  • Identify economic vulnerabilities and risks in a baseline scenario and policy measures to address them;
  • Prepare an adjustment scenario that reflects the policy measures and their macroeconomic impact;
  • Identify further policy goals and measures beyond the one-year horizon that will be incorporated into a medium-term framework.

Advancing the Strategic Use of Public Procurement in MENA and GCC Countries (PPMv)- 11

Course Date

Course Number

Sponsor

February 15-18, 2021

CE21.103V

OECD

Target Audience: Government officials in line ministries and public entities in charge of public procurement and infrastructure policies and projects.

Qualifications: Officials with a relevant experience in procurement and/or infrastructure projects wishing to improve their knowledge and decision-making capacity to enact policies related to these topics.

Language: The course is conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation into Arabic.

Course Description: Public procurement is a key governmental activity that represents 15-20% of GDP in MENA and GCC countries. It plays a key role in the delivery of public services. The goal of this four-day course is to deepen participants’ understanding and knowledge of the main principles, policies, tools, and instruments to enhance the efficiency and the strategic use of public procurement. Those principles can be applied to all procurement projects including infrastructure projects throughout the procurement cycle. Key topics will be covered during this course such as the use of public procurement to achieve different objectives, risk management, emergency procurement.

The course is conducted by experts from the infrastructure and public procurement division of the OECD and the IMF and uses both theory and case studies based on the experiences of the OECD and MENA countries. Participants are encouraged to also share their own national experiences. Speakers have a deep and varied knowledge of the topic from the public and private side. The course is conducted in an informal and frank manner to encourage general participation and lively discussions.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Gain in-depth knowledge on how to enhance public procurement systems and how to implement efficient policies;
  • Learn how to manage complex procurement and infrastructure projects covering the whole procurement cycle: the preparation phase, the implementation phase, and the termination phase;
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of governance and risk assessment of the procurement areas which are most vulnerable including large infrastructure projects;
  • Be provided with multiple and concrete examples of projects and how to maximize success and value for money; The examples are based on the OECD and peers experience; and
  • Expand their professional networks and learning from other participants.

For additional information concerning the content of the course, please address your inquiries to Ms. Kenza Khachani, at:  Kenza.KHACHANI@oecd.org

Bank Restructuring and Resolution (BRv) 

Course Date

Course Number

March 1-4, 2021

CE21.26V

Target Audience: Mid-level to senior officials in central banks, regulatory agencies, supervisory authorities, ministries of finance, deposit insurance funds, and other agencies with responsibility for bank supervision, bank resolution, and the operation of financial safety nets.

Qualifications: Participants are expected to have experience in bank supervision, bank resolution (policy issues or operational experience) and/or depositor protection.

Language: The course is conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation into Arabic.

Course Description: This course, presented by the Monetary and Capital Markets Department, provides a comprehensive overview of conceptual and operational issues related to the restructuring and resolution of weak banks. Among the topics discussed during the course are:

  • Identification and supervision of weak banks: common causes of banking problems and how to identify them as well as early intervention tools and supervisory approaches for dealing with weak banks;
  • Operational preparedness: institutional foundations of the financial safety net and inter-agency coordination; building blocks of effective resolution regimes (guided by the Financial Stability Board’s Key Attributes of Effective Resolution Regimes); recovery and resolution planning; initiatives to test operational preparedness; and the role of deposit insurance and depositor preference;
  • Crisis containment: liquidity support, government guarantees, and exceptional administrative measures to stop persistent liquidity outflows;
  • Bank restructuring and resolution: initiation of resolution proceedings; resolution options for systemically important and non-systemic banks; cross-border resolution; system-wide diagnostics and restructuring strategies; and policy considerations and instruments for public capital support;
  • Dealing with distressed assets: market failures and policy reforms; approaches for resolving nonperforming loans—supervisory policies, insolvency and debt enforcement, distressed asset markets and the role of asset management companies.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the building blocks of crisis preparedness and management.
  • Identify weak banks and devise strategies for dealing with them.
  • Pinpoint key design features of effective resolution regimes and options for enhancing operational preparedness.
  • Identify stabilization options in response to financial panic and design credible strategies for bank restructuring and resolution at an individual and system-wide level.
  • Compare options for dealing with distressed assets.

Selected Analytical Tools for Better PFM Reforms and Systems (PFMv)

Course Date

Course Number

Sponsor

March 1-4, 2021

NI21.02V

METAC

Targeted Audience: Senior and technical staff in charge of developing or monitoring Public Financial Management (PFM) reforms, and donors’ representatives.

Qualifications: Participants must have experience in supervising or carrying PFM reforms. They are expected to analyze their own country’s PFM system and conduct exercises individually and in groups.

Language: The course is conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation into Arabic.

Course Description: This four-day course, presented by the IMF Middle East Regional Technical Assistance Center (METAC) in collaboration with the PEFA Secretariat and the IMF Center for Economics and Finance (CEF) will present selected PMF analytical tools including the PEFA evaluation, Open Budget Survey, and Fiscal Transparency Evaluations. The course will also train participants in how to identify reform priorities for the medium-term and how to define the related capacity development needs.

Course Objective: Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Use, at a basic level, the selected analytical tools above, including how such tools generate their outputs, and analysis and interpretation of results.
  • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of countries’ current approaches to reform, and how capacity development can improve them.

Modalities: The course will be delivered remotely (Zoom).

For additional information concerning the content of the course, please address your inquiries to Mr. Benoit Wiest, METAC Public Financial Management Advisor, at: bwiest@imf.org

Delivering Social Protection in an Age of Technological Disruption: Policy Framework, Design, and Implementation (SPv)

Course Date

Course Number

Sponsor

March 15-18, 2021

CE21.102V

World Bank

Target Audience: Policymakers, practitioners, and experts/specialists who work in the design and implementation of Social Safety Nets (SSN), public officers, experts/specialists from ministries of labor and social affairs / family affairs and international organizations who work on Social Safety Nets.

Qualifications: Participants will be senior-level representatives from ministries of labor and social affairs / family affairs and relevant international organizations. Prior knowledge of the field is not required, but interest in learning tech solutions to delivery of SP services is encouraged.

Language: The course will be conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation into Arabic.

Course Description: Given the changing nature of jobs and skills and the diverse needs of the population, many countries are building social protection systems that seek to: (i) build equity, opportunity, and resilience through redistribution to reduce poverty and inequality, (ii) invest in human capital, and (iii) create mechanisms to help insure against shocks and various risks.

Foundational, disruptive technology platforms at the heart of Social Protection (SP) Delivery Systems, such as Digital IDs, Dynamic Social Registries and Payment Gateways, have evolved significantly, enabling a more human-centered design and delivery, scaling up coverage, improving efficiency and efficacy, and supporting poverty reduction.

This course will address, Social Safety Net policy framework, design, and implementation of SSNs and, recent developments in social protection delivery systems by providing global knowledge on the conceptual frameworks, and first-hand experience from international best practices.

For additional information concerning the content of the course, please address your inquiries to Mr. Ahmet Fatih Ortakaya, Senior Social Protection Specialist, at: aortakaya@worldbank.org

Financial Development and Financial Inclusion (FDFIv)

Course Date

Course Number

March 15 - 25, 2021 

CE21.03V

Target Audience: Mid-level to senior officials from central banks and government agencies dealing with regulation of the financial sector. Preference is given to applicants working on issues directly related to financial development and inclusion.

Qualifications: Participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of economics or finance, or equivalent work experience. Knowledge of econometrics is helpful but not required. It is strongly recommended that applicants have completed the online Financial Development and Financial Inclusion (FDFIx) course.

Language: The course is conducted in English only. Due to the technical nature of the course, English proficiency is a prerequisite.

Course Description: This course explains the macroeconomic relevance of financial development and inclusion. Beginning with an analysis that defines the role of finance in the economy, the course reviews the theoretical and empirical literature on the impact of finance on macroeconomic performance and growth. It also addresses policies to encourage financial development (market-enabling policies) and limit its potentially destabilizing effects (market-harnessing policies). The course introduces financial inclusion as an integral dimension of financial development—a perspective that has only recently received proper attention because for many years the discussion instead centered on the concept and measurement of financial depth. The course reviews the indicators currently used to measure financial inclusion, its distinct macroeconomic impact, and the main policy strategies usually pursued.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Measure the degree of financial development and inclusion for a country or countries using a wide range of standard indicators;
  • Identify the shortcomings of various indicators and recognize the possible need to collect more detailed microeconomic data;
  • Use a simple analytical model to predict the likely outcomes of different policies on financial inclusion;
  • Assess policy options and strategies for financial development and inclusion from a macroeconomic perspective by identifying potential tradeoffs and possible impediments; and
  • Formulate a strategy for policies to support financial development in a country, taking into account initial conditions and links between the financial sector and the macroeconomy.

Financial Soundness Indicators (FSIv)

Course Date

Course Number

Sponsor

March 22 - 25, 2021 

CE21.28V

Arab Monetary Fund (AMF)

Abu Dhabi-UAE

Target Audience: Officials at central banks and supervisory agencies for the financial sector who are involved in the collection, compilation, and analysis of financial soundness indicators.

Qualifications: Participants are expected to have a degree in economics or statistics or equivalent experience.

Language: The course will be conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation into Arabic.

Course Description: This virtual training course, presented by the IMF Statistics Department, acquaints participants with the fundamentals of compiling and using financial soundness indicators (FSIs) in support of macro-financial surveillance. The virtual training covers methodological and technical issues in the construction of FSIs, as discussed in the 2019 Financial Soundness Indicators Compilation Guide (2019 FSI Guide). The training takes an interactive approach using hand-on exercises in discussing the main topics as follows:

  • Compilation of FSIs for deposit takers;
  • Regulatory framework for deposit takers;
  • Accounting principles for the compilation of FSIs for deposit takers;
  • Concentration and distribution measures for deposit takers;
  • Overview of the compilation of FSIs for other financial corporations and other sectors;
  • Macro-Financial surveillance and FSIs.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Compile FSIs in accordance with the methodology of the 2019 FSI Guide.
  • Prepare or update FSI metadata using the concepts acquired on accounting principles and regulatory framework for deposit takers.
  • Use FSIs for macro-financial surveillance.

Macroeconomic Management in Resource-Rich Countries (MRCv) 

Course Date

Course Number

March 22 - April 1, 2021 

CE21.04V

Target Audience: Mid-level to senior officials from central banks, ministries of finance, and other government agencies tasked with the design and execution of policies in resource-rich countries (RRCs).

Qualifications: Participants are expected to have an advanced degree in economics or equivalent experience and be proficient in the use of Microsoft Excel. It is strongly recommended that applicants first complete the online Macroeconomic Management in Resource-Rich Countries (MRCx) course.

Language: The course will be conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation into Arabic.

Course Description: This course, presented by the Institute for Capacity Development, discusses macroeconomic policy issues and challenges faced by RRCs. The course provides participants with an understanding of: the macroeconomics of growth and diversification, fiscal policy management, macroeconomic policy coordination, and public-sector asset management in RRCs. The course incorporates lectures, hands-on workshops, debates, and case studies.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Analyze economic performance in resource-rich countries, including in terms of growth, inclusiveness, diversification, and sustainability.
  • Design appropriate fiscal frameworks, applying suitable fiscal benchmarks to determine whether to consume, save, or invest the proceeds from the sale of natural resources.
  • Identify the appropriate macroeconomic policy responses to commodity price shocks.
  • Design policies to promote transparency in the management of natural resources, including in terms of the appropriate institutional structures for sovereign wealth funds.

Cross-Border Position Statistics (CBPSv)

Course Date

Course Number

Sponsor

March 29 - April 1, 2021 

CE21.16V

Arab Monetary Fund (AMF)

Abu Dhabi-UAE

Target Audience: Officials whose main responsibility is compiling the international investment position (IIP) and/or external debt statistics (EDS), as well as Coordinated Portfolio Investment Survey (CPIS) or Coordinated Direct Investment Survey (CDIS) data.

Qualifications: Participants should have a degree in economics, statistics, and have a minimum of one year of experiene in compiling IIP and/or EDS.

Language: The course is conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation into Arabic.

Course Description: This course, presented by the IMF’s Statistics Department, provides training on the methodology for compiling and disseminating CBPS, including the integrated IIP and memoranda and supplementary position data items following BPM6; EDS, including currency composition, remaining maturity, and debt service schedule; the CPIS, including sectoral data; and the CDIS. The course consists of a series of lectures, discussions, and practical exercises. Lectures and class discussions focus on general concepts and compilation practices, while exercises provide participants with an opportunity to put knowledge learned into practice. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss problems encountered in their compilation work and gain insights into the analytical uses of the international accounts. The course will be based on the Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual, sixth edition (BPM6), the 2013 External Debt Statistics: Guide for Compilers and Users, the 2017 CPIS Guide, and the 2015 CDIS Guide.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Compile IIP, EDS, CPIS, and/or CDIS––as well as the memorandum and supplementary items of the IIP and tables on external debt statistics––according to the conceptual framework;
  • Identify potential new data sources for the compilation of the CBPS;
  • Apply compilation techniques and best dissemination practices related to CBPS;
  • Illustrate the relationship between the integrated IIP and the balance of payments, and the integration of cross-border positions data into the broader macroeconomic framework;
  • Understand the analytical use of CBPS.

Reforming Fuel Subsidies (RFSv)

Course Date

Course Number

April 5-8, 2021

CE21.32V

Target Audience: Mid-level to senior officials at ministries of finance, other ministries, and government agencies involved in setting fuel prices or fuel subsidy policy.

Qualifications: Participants are expected to have a degree in economics or a related field. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel is desirable.

Language: The course is conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation into Arabic.

Course Description: This course, presented by the Fiscal Affairs Department, explores recent developments in subsidy spending on fuel products, their macroeconomic impact, and the environmental and social implications. Building on country-specific case studies, the course elaborates on key elements of successful reforms, such as measures to protect low-income groups adversely affected by lower subsidies. The course also disseminates tools for measuring subsidies and assessing the distributional impact as well as alternative fuel pricing mechanisms that can help smooth the transmission of international fuel prices to domestic prices while protecting the budget. Participants may be asked to make presentations on their own country’s experience in setting fuel prices and reforming subsidies.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the different rationales for energy subsidies and how subsidies are measured;
  • Describe the drawbacks of energy subsidies;
  • Identify possible barriers to the reform of fuel subsidies;
  • Design an effective reform strategy drawing on lessons from the experiences of other countries;
  • Use tailored tools to measure fuel subsidies and estimate the impact of a fuel subsidy reform on household welfare, in order to inform the design of mitigating measures and guide the choice of alternative fuel pricing mechanisms.

Risk-Based Banking Supervision (BSOv)

Course Date

Course Number

April 5-8, 2021

CE21.31V

Target Audience: Mid-level bank supervisors.

Qualifications: Participants are expected to have a degree in economics or finance and be familiar with bank regulation and supervision issues.

Language: The course is conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation into Arabic.

Course Description: This course, presented by the Monetary and Capital Markets Department, presents the fundamentals and goals of risk-based supervision (RBS), its challenges, and factors central to its success. Through a mix of lectures and practical applications, the course covers the main RBS components and steps for putting it in place. It balances discussions of technical financial modeling, and less analytical bank supervision techniques. The course begins by introducing RBS concepts and tools. The focus then turns to assessment of credit, liquidity, market, and operational risks and stress testing techniques. Finally, the course discusses how to combine information for constructing supervisory scores, developing supervision plans, and allocating supervision resources and activities.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the main components of RBS and why they are important for effective supervision.
  • Identify a variety of banking risks and evaluate their impact on the bank’s risk profile.
  • Apply RBS tools and concepts in drafting supervision plans and performing supervisory activities.

GovTech: Driving Innovation, from Potential to Reality (GTv)

Course Date

Course Number

Sponsor

May 24-27, 2021                 

CE21.101V

World Bank-Governance Global Practice

Target Audience: This course is designed for senior level government officials from the core ministries including ministries of finance, Economics, civil service as well as independent authorities e.g. civil service commissions and planning bodies as well as sector ministries. Representatives from ICT and digital administration bodies will also find this course useful as it will take familiar concepts and apply them to the public administration.

Qualifications: Participants will be senior level representatives from the public sector especially those playing a decision-making role in the design, implementation, oversight and/or evaluation of national GovTech projects, programs or policies.

Language: The course is conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation into Arabic.

Course Description: The objectives of the four-day course are the following:

  • Introduce the GovTech concept and outline its scope and potential for service delivery, citizen engagement and accountability;
  • Highlight the most disruptive technologies including blockchain, artificial intelligence and their potential applications to improving development outcomes;
  • Understand government’s role in providing the enabling environment for far-reaching changes in the way that government’s business is currently conducted including policymaking, data protection, app development, cyber security etc.; and
  • Familiarization with the latest technologies used for citizen engagement and participation.

Country case studies on various course topics would be shared and discussed among workshop participants. Presenters will include World Bank experts and resource persons from regional governments who will share their experience in various areas e.g. monitoring and evaluation, policymaking, citizen engagement, app development etc.

For additional information concerning the content of the course, please address your inquiries to Mr. Ismail Radwan, Lead Governance Specialist, at: iradwan@worldbank.org

Macroeconomic Diagnostics (MDSv)

Course Date

Course Number

May 24-June 3, 2021

CE21.06V

Target Audience: Mid-level to senior officials in central banks and ministries of finance or economy who are directly involved in diagnosing the state of the macroeconomy and making projections.

Qualifications: Participants are expected to have an advanced degree in economics or equivalent experience, good quantitative skills, and proficiency in the use of Microsoft Excel. It is strongly recommended that applicants have completed the online Financial Programming and Policies, Part 1: Macroeconomic Accounts and Analysis (FPP.1x) or the online Macroeconomic Diagnostics (MDSx) course.

Language: The course is conducted in English only. Due to the technical nature of the course, English proficiency is a prerequisite.

Course Description: This course is designed to strengthen participants’ ability to comprehensively assess a country’s macroeconomic situation, including the current state of the economy; the stance of fiscal and monetary policy; financial stability; exchange rate misalignments; vulnerabilities in the different sectors; and the medium-term outlook, especially the sustainability of public and external debt.

The course emphasizes practical tools for use in day-to-day macroeconomic analysis and relies on case studies relevant to the region where the course is given to illustrate how these tools are applied and how they can contribute to the policymaking process.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Analyze potential output, calculate output gaps, and diagnose the outlook for the economy;
  • Assess the stance of current fiscal, monetary, exchange rate, and financial policies;
  • Assess macro-financial linkages, including through the analysis of financial sector soundness indicators;
  • Assess the medium-term prospects of the economy, especially the sustainability of public and external debt; and
  • Identify possible external and internal economic risks and vulnerabilities to economic growth and identify policies to address them.

Improving the Understanding of Corruption Risks to Boost Prevention and Detection (CORPv)

Course Date

Course Number

Sponsor

May 31-June 3, 2021

CE21.108

OECD

Target Audience: Anti-corruption experts from MENA countries, representing anti-corruption authorities. Other relevant law enforcement authorities that have a role in detecting corruption (such as financial intelligence units) are also invited.

Qualifications: Mid-to senior level anti-corruption experts from MENA countries, representing anti-corruption authorities. Other relevant law enforcement authorities that have a role in detecting corruption (such as financial intelligence units) are also invited.

Language: The course is conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation into Arabic.

Course Description: This seminar, organized by the OECD and hosted by the IMF Middle East Center for Economics and Finance, aims to facilitate the exchange of practical experiences and good practices among anti-corruption bodies responsible for combating corruption in the MENA region. It will provide an opportunity to examine and build on existing practices that already exist within the region and beyond. The seminar will include expert presentations including real life case studies, working groups and plenary discussions on best practices. Seminar topics will include, for example:

  • Corruption risks.
  • Effective means to detect and report corruption.
  • The importance of inter-agency cooperation in the detection and reporting of corruption.
  • Mechanisms for the protection of whistleblowers.
  • Supporting good business practices
  • At the end of the event, participants will also be invited to consider potential follow-up events/activities for anti-corruption practitioners from the MENA region.

For additional information concerning the content of the course, please address your inquiries to Ms Solène Philippe, at: solene.philippe@oecd.org