Macroeconomic Management and Fiscal Policy (MFP) (Offered in Arabic Only) IMF Institute

Target Audience:

Mid- to senior-level government officials in ministries of finance, economy, and planning, or in central banks, who provide advice on macroeconomic policies or who are involved in policy implementation.

Requirements/Qualifications:

Participants are expected to have an advanced degree in economics and the ability to use spreadsheets.

Course Description:

This two-week course, presented by the IMF's Institute for Capacity Development, aims at deepening participants' understanding of fiscal policy issues and their implications for macroeconomic management. It covers the interrelations between fiscal variables and macroeconomic aggregates, and the main aspects of the design and implementation of fiscal policy as an instrument to achieve macroeconomic stability and growth. The course draws on the Fund's experience in providing fiscal policy advice, on studies undertaken by Fund staff, and on selected research by outside scholars. Topics include: macroeconomic aspects of fiscal policy, such as estimating cyclically-adjusted fiscal balances and the role of automatic stabilizers and discretionary fiscal policy; fiscal sustainability; and structural and institutional fiscal issues such as tax reform and administration, expenditure policy and management, and fiscal rules. Participants are expected to make presentations on key policy issues of interest in their countries.

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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