This course, presented by the IMF's Institute for Capacity Development, draws upon the latest work of the Fund to provide participants with a comprehensive set of analytical tools for assessing external vulnerabilities and designing appropriate policy responses. These tools allow participants to evaluate a wide range of external debt, foreign exchange reserve management, capital account liberalization, and foreign aid management policies.

Participants sharpen their skills with hands on exercises, as well as presentations on specific aspects of external vulnerabilities based on their countries' experience.The course is divided into three modules:1. current account sustainability analysis, linking current account and external debt dynamics;2. the role of financial assets shocks in triggering large changes in external financial flows; and3. capital account liberalization and international aid as potential sources of volatility in the balance of payments.

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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