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About AFRITAC South

The Regional Technical Assistance Center (RTAC) in Southern Africa (AFRITAC South - AFS) is a collaborative effort between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and several bilateral and multilateral donors aimed at providing technical advice in core macroeconomic and financial management areas and provides technical assistance and training to Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The main mandate of AFS is to provide capacity-building assistance, facilitate the reform process in member countries, and support the region’s integration in the world economy.

As a regional center, which is close to the countries/territories it serves, AFS offers several advantages including: (a) decentralized and better tailored delivery of technical assistance (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 local officials.

AFS is governed by a Steering Committee (SC) composed of representatives of AFS countries and donor countries and agencies. The committee approves the work plan and priorities for the coming period.

Staffing of AFS reflects member countries’ TA needs. The size and composition of the team of resident experts is tailored to those needs and priorities of participating countries. At present, the center has five long-term resident advisors in the following areas: revenue administration and taxation, public financial management, macroeconomic statistics, banking supervision, debt management. The activities undertaken by the center follow a detailed workplan, which is revised and approved by the Steering Committee. While it provides the general guidelines for the center’s work, the plan is applied flexibly and could change according to emerging needs and requests. The center is financed by the IMF, multilateral and bilateral donors.

elines for the center’s work, the plan is applied flexibly and could change according to emerging needs and requests. The center is financed by the IMF, multilateral and bilateral donors.

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