About Us

The Regional Technical Assistance Center for Southern Africa (AFRITAC South – AFS) is a collaborative effort between the International Monetary Fund (IMF), beneficiary countries, and external development partners aimed at providing technical assistance (TA) and cooperation  in core macroeconomic and financial management areas to countries in the Southern Africa and West Indian Ocean region. The center provides TA and training to Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The mandate of AFS is to provide capacity-building assistance, facilitate the reform process in member countries, and support regional integration. As a regional center, which is close to the countries it serves, AFS offers several advantages including: (a) decentralized and better tailored delivery of TA to the particular needs of the region; (b) enhanced country ownership and accountability; (c) quicker and more efficient response to TA requests; (d) closer coordination with other TA providers in the region; and (e) more focused subject-specific and hands-on training for government officials.
 
AFS is governed by a Steering Committee (SC) composed of representatives of AFS countries and external development partners. The committee reviews the center’s annual reports, and endorses annual work plans§ and priorities. The center, which in August 2017 started its second phase of operations, has adopted a results-oriented approach to planning and managing its activities.

Staffing of AFS reflects member countries’ TA needs, with the composition of the team of resident experts being tailored to the priorities of participating countries. The center is supervised by a coordinator. At present, the center has nine long-term resident advisors in the following areas: revenue administration, public financial management (PFM), macroeconomic statistics, banking supervision, and monetary policy and operations. The work of long-term resident advisors is supplemented by short-term experts. The center also employs a local economist and seven administrative and support staff.

AFS Country Representatives
AFS Development Partners

Our Staff

Effie Psalida Effie Psalida Center Coordinator
Kenneth Head Kenneth Head Advisor Revenue Administration (Customs)
User-added image Jean Luc Helis Advisor Public Financial Management
Sybi Hida Sybi Hida Advisor Macro-Fiscal
Gregory Legoff Gregory Legoff Advisor Real Sector Statistics
Thabo Letjama Thabo Letjama Advisor Revenue Administration (Tax)
Peter Murphy Peter Murphy Advisor Public Financial Management (PFM)
Ravi Mohan Periyakavil Ramakrishnan Ravi Mohan Periyakavil Ramakrishnan Advisor Banking Supervision
Carina Selander Carina Selander Advisor Monetary Policy Framework
Faith Stewart Faith Stewart Advisor Financial Market Infrastructures and Payments
Brenda Sylvester Brenda Sylvester Advisor Results-Based Management (RBM)
Yuvin Chundunsing Yuvin Chundunsing Office Manager
Jeeten Kawal Jeeten Kawal Administrative Assistant
User-added image Varsha Lowtoo-Jadunundon Administrative Assistant
User-added image Nandini K. Mohit Accounting / Administrative Assistant
Diya Mungra Diya Mungra Administrative Assistant
User-added image Arlette Marcel Office Attendant
Rajah Lungar Rajah Lungar Official Driver