This course, presented by the IMF's Monetary and Capital Markets Department, aims at discussing the recent developments in the area of stress testing for banks, and giving participants the opportunity to learn and apply new tools developed or used by MCM for stress testing purposes. Some of the tools form an integral part of the Financial Sector Assessment Program (FSAP) and Technical Assistance missions to various parts of the world including the MENA region. Moreover, the course provides an occasion for participants to share experiences in this important area. The course provides an overview of the objectives of stress testing and of the different methodologies and techniques currently used for that purpose; it also advises on some best practices to follow in applying these techniques. Furthermore, a large portion of the course incorporates several hands-on training modules based on case studies where participants work in groups using real bank data; as such, groups are exposed to the entire cycle of the stress testing process, including:- entering data, - estimating econometric models to create macro-financial links, - designing assumptions, - running tests, and - summarizing and presenting the results. Throughout, the focus is on the solvency and liquidity elements of the stress testing exercise. The course concludes with a roundtable discussion where participants share country experiences and exchange knowledge in this area.

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.

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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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