Economic Policies for Financial Stability (EFS) IMF Institute
  • Locations: Salmiya
  • Duration: 2 Weeks

Course details

Target Audience:

Mid- to senior-level officials in central banks, finance ministries, and regulatory agencies who are involved in the formulation of macroeconomic and financial policies.


Participants are expected to have an advanced degree in economics or equivalent experience.

Course Description:

This two-week course, presented by the IMF's Institute for Capacity Development, occasionally in collaboration with other international and regional organizations, examines macroeconomic and micro-prudential policies to safeguard financial stability. It explores the macroeconomic causes, consequences, and policy responses to stress in financial markets and banking systems, and distills policy lessons from recent crises. Particular attention is paid to the interaction among the macroeconomic, financial, supervisory and regulatory frameworks. Early warning systems, techniques for assessing financial stability (including stress testing), and financial risk management are also addressed. Participants may be asked to make short presentations on topics of interest in their countries.

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About IMF Institute

The IMF Institute for Capacity Development (ICD) organizes courses for officials from Arab League member countries at the CEF in Kuwait. The CEF's activities are generously sponsored and funded by the Government of Kuwait. The primary purpose of the CEF is to strengthen the skills of officials from Arab League countries in economic analysis and diagnosis, and in formulating and implementing effective economic and financial policies. The IMF will be the principal training provider for the CEF in the area macroeconomic management. Training outside the core areas of expertise of the IMF will be delivered by other organizations, such as, the World Bank, WTO, and OECD. Furthermore, and in line with the CEF's objective to collaborate closely with regional institutions, the CEF started recently to conduct some joint training courses with the Arab Monetary Fund in Abu Dhabi. Courses are offered generally in Arabic or in English with interpretation into Arabic.

Selection Process: 

Courses are by invitation only. Candidates are nominated by government agencies upon the request of the CEF.Observer Policy: The Institute for Capacity Development's policy for participation by IMF local staff and officials from non-program advanced economies in our regional training centers is that they will be given "Observer" status since these centers are run with the assistance of donor financing. Attending as an Observer provides the same access to course content and activities, but all associated costs (accommodation, travel and per diem) need to be covered by the sponsoring institution.

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