Target Audience:

Mid-to senior-level officials at finance, economy, trade and industry, labor, manpower, education ministries, researchers and academics in the MENA Region.

Requirements/Qualifications:

Participants should be involved in the design and implementation of education, employment, economic growth, and investment policies.

Course Description:

While rapid growth is unquestionably necessary for substantial income poverty reduction, it needs to be broad-based (across sectors and across factors of production) and inclusive for it to be sustainable in the long run. Inclusive growth rests on the principle that it should be spurred by productive employment and associated improvements in markets, technology, and access to finance and basic services, rather than solely relying on redistribution. It thus raises the question of new sources of growth.

This five-day course aims at providing an overview of the theories, policies and strategies related to growth and inclusive growth in the Middle East. It provides an overview of key economic trends in the region and the world and highlights key challenges facing the region in terms of inclusive growth. The course includes both theoretical and policy discussions of traditional topics such as growth theories and the growth-poverty-employment nexus. In focusing on the MENA region, the course also deals with several critical policy issues facing it: these include enhancing a private sector-led growth model, highlighting global and regional integration, diversifying traditionally oil-dominated economies toward ones relying more heavily on less volatile sources of revenues and growth, as well as taking advantage of knowledge and innovation in enhancing productivity and increasing value added. The course is designed for mid-to senior-level officials (from planning, trade and industry, economy, finance, as well as other sectoral ministries). It may also benefit various development stakeholders and change agents (for example Civil Society Organizations, Think Tanks, Media, and Parliamentarians) as well as academics or analysts who may serve as advisors to their governments.

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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