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[Published: Sunday November 11 2012]

IMF to Open Training Center for Sub-Saharan Africa in Mauritius
Port-Louis, 11 Nov - (ANA) - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is to establish a Regional Training Center (RTC) for Sub-Saharan Africa in Mauritius, it has been announced. RTCs elsewhere in the world have facilitated the training of government officials on the formulation and implementation of macroeconomic policies as well as related statistical and legal frameworks. With support of donors, such centers and programs are operational in Austria, Kuwait, and Singapore, complementing training at IMF headquarters. Thus, the new center will close a longstanding gap, as Africa has lacked an IMF training center despite considerable training needs. The RTC in Mauritius will start operations in 2013 with courses and seminars covering macroeconomic policymaking and financial programming, public finance, exchange rate and monetary policies, economic integration, and financial sector issues, including banking supervision. The training will complement the activities of the IMF’s Regional Technical Assistance Centers in Africa (AFRITACs), as well as other regional initiatives. In addition, the center will seek to host training by other international and regional organizations in their respective areas of expertise, thereby expanding the range of courses and seminars offered.(ANA)
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