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Seminar on Strengthening Budget Documentation and Fiscal Decision Making February 6-10, 2017.
AFRITAC South is hosting a seminar during February 6-10, 2017 on strengthening budget documentation and fiscal decision making. Eight Southern Africa countries are represented by 26 government officials on a platform for developing and exchanging knowledge with peers, including ideas and experiences for improving the content of budget documentation. The discussions will address options for ways to best integrate and use budget documents in the budget cycle. Ideas will also be exchanged on improving strategic communication for different levels of budgetary stakeholders.
AFS November 2016-January 2017 Bulletin
In the past nine months AFS executed 71 percent of its planned annual technical assistance (TA) and training, transmitted over 75 TA reports, and conducted 13 regional seminars/courses. In addition, it delivered a number of tailored workshops and on the-job training during field visits. With increased traction in most countries and additional regional activities, the volume of TA is expected to exceed the initial plan by over 10 percent. Download Bulletin
Professional attachment to Mauritius Revenue Authority - December 5-16, 2016.
Six Revenue Authority officials – two each from Botswana, Lesotho, and Zambia – spent two weeks on a professional attachment to the Mauritius Revenue Authority. At the concluding session on December 16, the delegates noted that the following points are necessary for having an effective Revenue Authority: -Synergies between tax and compliance risk management functions -IT integration and analyst platforms -Data analysis and IT capabilities -MOUs with other government departments and key stakeholders -Strengthened legislation (e.g. third party information) -Internal exchange of information (e.g. Intranet and nCEN) -Ownership of risk management functions by Senior Management -Unique Identifiers -E-commerce -Taxpayer education
Seminar on Compilation of National Accounts December 5-9, 2016.
AFS delivers a Regional Seminar on Compilation of National Accounts with 40 participants from 13 countries. The seminar strengthened knowledge of the national accounts concepts and methods. The focus was on specific data sources, methodology and coordination issues for the compilation of GDP estimates and beyond. The seminar consisted of lectures and workshop sessions covering methodological and compilation issues. Emphasis was placed on the compilation of GDP, gross national income, gross national disposable income, and gross saving. The following topics were covered:
Seminar on Public Investment Management November 28 to December 2, 2016.
AFS delivers a Regional Seminar on Public Investment Management with 26 participants from 10 countries. Opening the seminar, the AFS coordinator, Ms. Effie Psalida, noted that public investment is essential to the creation of the infrastructure and physical assets needed for both private sector development and inclusive and equitable social and economic growth. Recent Fiscal Affairs Department (FAD) analytical work has however suggested that the current outcomes of public investment projects could be improved by more than 30 percent, in developing countries, if current efficiency gaps could be addressed. During the course of the seminar participants learnt how to identify and quantify efficiency gaps and assess public investment planning, allocation and implementation institutions, using the IMF’s new Public Investment Management Assessment (PIMA) tool. Participants also shared experience on how the PIMA could be used to develop measures and actions necessary to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and outcomes of public investment. Further information on the PIMA is available at http://www.imf.org/external/np/fad/publicinvestment.
Seminar on Enhancements to the Basel Process-Revisions to standardized approaches for credit, market and operational risks and developments relating to Basel III for the SADC countries at the SARB Academy, Pretoria, South Africa.
AFS organized a seminar for SADC countries on Enhancements to the Basel Process-Revisions to standardized approaches for credit, market, and operational risks and developments relating to Basel III at the SARB Academy in Pretoria on November 14-18, 2016.The seminar focused on enhancing the skills and competencies of the staff in the bank supervision departments of these countries. Mr. Kuben Naidoo, Deputy Governor in charge of banking Supervision at the SARB inaugurated the seminar in the presence of Ms. Effie Psalida, AFS Coordinator. See Mr. Naidoo’s remarks here. Read more
Evolving Monetary Policy Frameworks in Low-Income and Other Developing Countries
The IMF’s Regional Technical Assistance Center for Southern Africa (AFRITAC South), the Monetary and Capital Markets department, and the Africa Training Institute are delivering this week a regional seminar on Improving Monetary Policy Frameworks. The seminar has 33 participants from mid-level management and relevant technical staff involved in the practical discussion of monetary policy conduct and implementation from: Botswana, The Gambia, Ghana, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Zambia This seminar follows the November 3-4 peer-exchange event for central bank Deputy Governors and Directors of Monetary Policy, Research, and Operations, and discusses at a more technical level the design and implementation of effective monetary policy frameworks as presented in the IMF paper on Evolving Monetary Policy Frameworks in Low-Income and Other Developing Countries. The seminar gives practical guidance including examples from developing economies. It also gives the opportunity for participants to interact with their peers from 11 countries, who are embarking on the same journey of monetary policy modernization. The topics, designed to re-enforce the key principles outlined in the IMF policy paper, cover price stability, operational independence, the operational framework, forward looking monetary policy strategy, and effective central bank communication. Read more
AFS October 2016 Bulletin
During the first six months of FY17 AFS executed some 256 field person-weeks of TA, representing 46 percent of the plan, transmitted over 55 TA reports and conducted eight regional seminars/courses. These were supported by tailored workshops and on-the-job training during field visits. Based on current information, the center is expecting to exceed the volume of TA delivery during FY17 , which broadly reflects increased traction in some countries. Download Bulletin
Address by Mr. Yandraduth Googoolye, First Deputy Governor of the Bank of Mauritius
Mr. Googoolye, First Deputy Governor of the Bank of Mauritius, delivered a speech today at the AFRITAC South workshop on the adoption of the international standards for payment, clearing and settlement systems, the CPSS-IOSCO Principles for Financial Market Infrastructures (PFMI). Twenty-seven financial sector regulators from 12 countries in the region are participating in the program. The discussions address regional and national challenges in complying with the international standards, as well as strategies to balance the risk and efficiency objectives in the development of mobile payment services. Download Full Text
AFS July 2016 Bulletin
This bulletin is an update on the implementation of the FY17 work plan in the first quarter (May -July 2016). AFS delivered some 122 field person-weeks of technical assistance (TA) across member countries, transmitted 29 TA reports to government agencies, and conducted four regional seminars in addition to the tailored workshops and on-the-job training provided during TA field visits/missions. Download Bulletin