Workshops

+ Bank Supervision

Promoting Financial Stability & Enhancing Macroprudential & Fintech Supervision

13/11/2017 - 17/11/2017 Arusha, Tanzania

In the last few years, many countries in East Africa were focused on building out their financial stability and macroprudential policy infrastructure and adopting a macroprudential approach to supervision and regulations. In addition, many central banks and other regulatory agencies are seized with the importance of effective regulatory and supervisory oversight of financial technology firms, commonly referred to as Fintech, which offers significant opportunities for financial inclusion and innovation. However, if not carefully supervised, Fintech could have serious implications for the soundness of financial institutions as well as the management of systemic risks.

Enhancing the Basel Process -Recent Developments in Basel II & Basel III

21/08/2017 - 25/08/2017 Ebene, Mauritius

Implementation of the Basel III framework is a key global regulatory reform priority. Full and consistent implementation within the internationally agreed timeframe is aimed at strengthening the resilience of the banking system, improving market confidence in regulatory ratios and promoting a level playing field. Developments are taking place in implementing different facets of Basel III such as the leverage ratio, liquidity requirements, and capital buffers. The seminar is designed to familiarize participants with the underlying concepts of these requirements and equip them with the tools and techniques for conducting supervision of banks/financial institutions under the revised framework in the most effective way.

Information Technology Risk Supervision

15/09/2016 - 16/09/2016 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The purpose of workshop was to create awareness of the need to develop capacity on IT Risk Supervision. IT Risk Supervision is a topic that is quickly rising as a supervisory priority as a result of the…

Risk Based Approach to AML/CFT Supervision

05/09/2016 - 09/09/2016 Zanzibar, Tanzania

The workshop aimed to create a platform for the staff of Central Banks Bank Supervision Departments and Financial Intelligence Units to exchange views and discuss the developments on AML/CFT regulations...

+ Financial Market Infrastructures and Payments

CPSS-IOSCO PFMI—General Organizational & Operational Risk

29/10/2018 - 02/11/2018 Ghana

This is a joint workshop between AFRITAC East and AFRITAC West 2, designed for senior central bank officials involved in payment and settlement systems regulation, oversight and operations. It will also It will also address the broader legal aspects of the national payments system, including the regulatory requirements for electronic money.

Legal Aspects of the National Payments Systems

27/11/2017 - 01/12/2017 Ebene, Mauritius

in 2012 new, enhanced risk management standards were promulgated for the FMIs, the PFMI, in the wake of global financial crisis. This workshop intends to provide a technical understanding of the related issues to enhance the work of the legal experts tasked with drafting or amending the relevant laws.

CPSS-IOSCO Principles for Financial Market Infrastructures:Challenges & Strategy

24/04/2017 - 28/04/2017 Zanzibar, Tanzania

The objectives of the workshops are to enhance the level of assessment proficiency among participants and provide a forum to discuss local and regional challenges in the oversight of FMIs. The workshop will address new developments in the payments landscape and the new international guidance on cyber resilience for FMIs.

+ Financial Sector Regulation and Supervision

Workshop on Building Cyber Resilience and Supervisory Capacity in East Africa

05/11/2018 - 09/11/2018 Tanzania

The workshop aims to bring together supervisory staff from the central banks, insurance regulatory authorities and capital markets authorities in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda; and create a platform for them to receive training and discuss ideas on cyber security, information technology supervision and proportionality in implementing regulatory and supervisory standards.

Implementing the Basel Core Principles and IFRS in East Africa

20/08/2018 - 24/08/2018 Tanzania

The program has been developed for mid- to senior level supervisors staff from the Banking Regulatory Authorities in Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Regional Workshop on Risk Based Supervision and ICAAP Reforms

16/04/2018 - 20/04/2018 Entebbe, Uganda

The program has been developed for mid- to senior level supervisor staff from the Banking Regulatory Authorities in Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda.

Improving Financial Stability via Effective analysis & Timely Monitoring of FSIs

12/02/2018 - 16/02/2018

Conducted in with the Toronto Centre, it will bring together staff from the Insurance Regulatory Authorities from Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

+ IMF Institute Courses

Course on Economic Issues in Regional Integration

17/09/2018 - 21/09/2018 Tanzania

Drawing on the theory and on case studies from experiences in various regions of the world, the course will cover: (i) the requirements for economic integration; (ii) trade, financial and monetary integration; (iii) costs and benefits of the implementation process; and (iv) political economy aspects of integration.

Regional Course on Macroeconomic Diagnostics

30/11/2015 - 10/12/2015 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The aim of the course was to strengthen the ability of participants to assess a country's macroeconomic situation, drawing heavily from actual country experiences. The broad types of assessments were...

+ Macro Fiscal Analysis

Regional workshop on Macro-fiscal forecasting tools

18/02/2019 - 22/02/2019 Rwanda

The workshop will be run in a conference format, with presentations from macro fiscal units and from IMF advisers and experts, as well as plenary discussions. Participants are expected to be macroeconomic or revenue forecasters in ministries of finance, or senior or junior economists from macro fiscal units.

Fiscal Policy Analysis Course

19/02/2018 - 23/02/2018 Kigali, Rwanda

This hands-on course is built around core macro-fiscal topics needed to analyze fiscal policy. Units will be substantiated by general empirical findings, case studies, and Excel-based workshops. Workshops will focus on fiscal projections, measuring the fiscal stance, debt dynamics, and current fiscal challenges in EAC countries. There will also be substantial time for peer exchanges.

Macro-fiscal functions in Ministries of Finance

08/01/2018 - 12/01/2018 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

IMF – East AFRITAC is hosting a regional workshop for officials to share lessons and experiences in strengthening macro-fiscal functions in ministries of finance. Macro-fiscal units have an important role to play in the PFM process, providing economic context and forecasts that underpin revenue, expenditure and debt projections. However, despite the importance of macro-fiscal analysis in the budget process, it can often be challenging to establish and maintain a macro-fiscal capability. It can be difficult to get the right mix of skill and technology in a capacity-constrained environment, and establishing links with the rest of the PFM processes of the ministry can be tricky. This workshop will bring together directors and senior economists from macro-fiscal units in the region to discuss and share strategies for establishing and maintaining sustainable macro-fiscal capabilities in ministries of finance.

Macro-Fiscal Forecasting Training

08/08/2016 - 18/08/2016 Arusha, Tanzania

The objective of the workshop was to build the analytical skills of government officials who are involved in forecasting activities in their respective countries. Various government entities in the region…

+ Monetary Operations

Regional workshop on Managing Capital Flows: Macroeconomic Analysis and Policies

03/12/2018 - 07/12/2018 Zanzibar, Tanzania

The course discusses policy options available to reap the benefits of capital market integration while minimizing and mitigating its adverse effects; it introduces the determinants of capital flows and the link between these flows and economic growth, macroeconomic volatility, and crisis risk; and concludes with a discussion of capital account management tools and how they relate to financial regulation and exchange rate intervention. Participants will be expected to engage in discussions and will work on practical workshop exercises to solidify their understanding of the lecture material.

Model-Based Monetary Policy Analysis and Forecasting

05/11/2018 - 16/11/2018 Mauritius

This regional course being organized jointly by AFRITAC Centre, East AFRITAC, AFRITAC South and AFRITAC West 2, for November 5-16, 2018 in Mauritius. This specialized course is meant to complement several ongoing capacity building projects on the FPAS in the region with the view to helping build a critical mass of well-trained staff from central banks in Africa and facilitate networking and peer-to-peer learning. It is targeting mid-level to senior officials responsible for monetary policy decision-making and staff doing macro-economic analysis and forecasting or operating macroeconomic models.

Exchange Rate Policy

18/09/2017 - 22/09/2017 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The main objective of this one-week course is to broaden the participants’ understanding of exchange rate analysis and policy. The course introduces key definitions and concepts used in exchange rate analysis, presents methodologies to estimate the equilibrium real exchange rate and the IMF External Balance Approach to measure real exchange rate misalignment; covers several aspects related to foreign exchange intervention and ways to assess the adequacy of foreign exchange reserves, and their management; and discusses how changes in the real exchange rate may affect external adjustment and growth and other macroeconomic policy tradeoffs.

Evolving Monetary Policy Frameworks in LLMICs

20/03/2017 - 24/03/2017 Arusha, Tanzania

The workshop is targeting mid-level management and relevant technical staff involved in practical discussion of monetary policy conduct and implementation. The objective of the seminar is to provide a platform to discuss practical and technical guidance on the effective implementation of a modern monetary policy framework as presented in the IMF policy paper on Evolving Monetary Policy Frameworks in Low-Income and Other Developing Countries. Topics will include price stability, operational independence, the operational framework, forward-looking monetary policy strategy, and effective central bank communication.

Understanding and Improving the Link between Fiscal and Monetary Policy

28/04/2016 - 09/09/2016 Zanzibar, Tanzania

The sound conduct of monetary policy and the development of well functioning financial markets benefit from strong cooperation between the ministry of finance and the Central Bank.

+ Other Events

AFE 20th Steering Committee Meeting

18/03/2018 - 19/03/2018 Tanzania

The meeting will be chaired by the Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Rwanda and attended by representatives from member countries, development partners and the IMF. Participants will provide feedback and strategic guidance to the Center on a range of issues, and discuss the implementation of the FY 2018 work plan and the proposed work plan for FY 2019.

Steering Committee Meeting

03/04/2017 - 04/04/2017 Lilongwe, Malawi

AFE will conduct its 19th Steering Committee meeting between April 3-4, 2017. The meeting will be co-chaired by the Malawi Minister of Finance, Economic and Planning and Development, and the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Malawi, in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Risk Based Solvency Frameworks and Supervision

20/02/2017 ( 01:00 PM - 09:00 PM ) Uganda

This will include the identification of significant activities, assessing inherent and other risks, assessing board, risk management and other oversight functions and the assessment of solvency requirements/capital adequacy for insurers.

+ Public Financial Management

Seminar on Public Sector Accounting and Financial Reporting

21/01/2019 - 25/01/2019 South Africa

Implementing the Accrual-basis IPSAS; The linkages between Accounting, Financial and Statistical Reporting; and Fiscal Reporting and Fiscal Transparency.

Understanding Gender Responsive Budgeting

13/08/2018 - 15/08/2018 Tanzania

The objective of the workshop is to familiarize the participants with an integrated perspective on gender budgeting; initiating dialogue among different institutions responsible for gender equality, and promoting peer learning by providing an opportunity for focused facilitation of the good practices and experience in gender responsive budgeting.

Taking Cash Management Forward - Building on Recent Reforms

13/02/2018 - 16/02/2018 Zanzibar, Tanzania

The workshop aims to share experiences on the three key theme areas. Participants should therefore include staff actively involved in cash management and TSA reforms from: (i) the Treasury or Accountant General’s Department; (ii) Cash Management Unit; and Debt management office/unit; and (iii) cash forecasters from large MDAs and revenue department.

Strengthening Budget Documentation

20/11/2017 - 24/11/2017 Entebbe, Uganda

The objective of the workshop is to provide budget officers involved in budget preparation, the skills to make the budget more strategic, more precise, more focused, and more reader friendly. Subject areas include: Coverage and structure of the budget documents; Improving the quality, relevance, and consistency of information contained in budget documentation to better inform funding choices and to enable accountability; Legal, procedural, and institutional implications for enhancing openness and transparency in budget management and documentation; Budget as a tool of communicating policy; and Summarizing the message without losing the content.

Joint EAC/ FAD – AFE Workshop

20/03/2017 - 23/03/2017

The EAC/FAD-AFE workshop will focus on regional PFM harmonization and the development of a surveillance framework to oversee macro-fiscal convergence ahead of the proposed monetary union.
It is being hosted by the EAC secretariat and will have participation from the EAC Partner States.

PFM Reform Strategies

21/02/2017 - 21/02/2017 Zanzibar, Tanzania

The workshop will discuss themes emerging from previous experience with PFM reforms in AFE countries. It is specifically intended to equip participants with a better understanding of how to prioritize and sequence PFM reforms; the relevance of PEFA and other diagnostic tools in designing country appropriate reform strategies; the role of underlying institutional arrangements; and the importance of change management.

Strengthening Public Investment Management

28/11/2016 - 02/12/2016 Kigali, Rwanda

The workshop was planned to (i) strengthen understanding of the senior officials on how public investment institutions influence fiscal and economic outcomes, and (ii) provide a critical appraisal of the...

IFMIS Effectiveness: Strengthening PFM operational support and control

18/10/2016 - 21/10/2016 Tanzania

The workshop discussed measures for improving the system support, which IFMIS provides to key PFM Processes: specifically: medium term, program based budget formulation; budget execution, including controls;

+ Revenue Policy and Administration

Seminar on Advanced Rulings for Classification Purposes, Origin and Valuation

28/01/2019 - 01/02/2019 Mauritius

The seminar, which is organized in cooperation with the Common Market for Eastern & Southern Africa (COMESA), will provide a forum to explore challenges to processing advanced ruling requests in origin and tariff classifications.

Regional Workshop on Building Effective Taxpayer Registers

10/12/2018 - 14/12/2018 Kigali, Rwanda

At the conclusion of the December 2017 regional workshop on building effective taxpayer registers, all member countries submitted an agreed action plan, and committed to implementing their plans with the support of their heads of revenue administration. This follow-up regional workshop will ensure the momentum is maintained, and further build capability and action across AFE member countries.

Regional workshop on Effective Filing and Payment Processes

10/09/2018 - 14/09/2018 Malawi

The program targets senior staff involved in managing and implementing filing and payment processes.

International Survey on Revenue Administration/ RA-FIT Coordinators

26/02/2018 - 02/03/2018 Johannesburg, South Africa

Objectives: (I) to discuss performance measurement and management; (2) provide training on the RA-FIT Platform; and (3) view a demonstration on the new RA-FIT Portal that will be used by IMF to disseminate data to administrations.

Building Effective Taxpayer Registers

11/12/2017 - 15/12/2017 Zanzibar, Tanzania

Operationalizing Risk Management Modules in Customs IT

17/10/2016 - 21/10/2016 Lilongwe, Malawi

The objective of the workshop was to develop practical skills to manage computerized customs selectivity modules.

+ Statistics

Public Sector Debt and EAC GFS Guidelines on Fiscal Data Revisions

26/11/2018 - 30/11/2018 Rwanda

Participants will (1) receive fundamental training on the concepts of compilation of public sector debt statistics and global best practices; (2) refine the draft chapter on “EAC Guidelines for fiscal data revision policy”; and (3) refine the draft chapter on “EAC Guidelines for development of inventories”.

GFS - Data revision and PPP guidelines

25/06/2018 - 29/06/2018 Malawi

The workshop will consider: 1) Refine the draft guidelines for the compilation of a GFS data revision policy; 2) Finalize the draft layout for the development of inventories; and 3) Refine the draft chapter on “Public Private Partnerships” for the Guidelines on the Compilation of Government Finance and Public Sector Debt Statistics.

National Accounts workshop

12/02/2018 - 16/02/2018 Entebbe, Uganda

Topics to be covered include :
• General issues in compilation of SUTs;
• Estimation of valuation matrices – trade and transport margins and taxes on products;
• Balancing SUTs;
• Linking SUTs to the sector accounts; and
• Revisions in quarterly national accounts.

Accelerating GFS compilation: EAC GFS guidelines on PPPs

22/01/2018 - 26/01/2018 Kampala, Uganda

The workshop will consider: 1. Automating GFS compilation to accelerate dissemination; 2. Resolving compilation and dissemination issues; and 3. Finalizing the draft chapter on “Public Private Partnerships” for the Guidelines on the Compilation of Government Finance and Public Sector Debt Statistics.

High Frequency Data Compilation and Refinement of EAC GFS Guidelines

20/11/2017 - 24/11/2017 Tanzania

Agricultural Producer Price Index

20/02/2017 - 20/02/2017 Arusha, Tanzania

The workshop is intended to build capacity in developing agricultural producer price indices in the region and targets officials from national statistics offices and central banks. The one-week course will cover data sources and methodology for compiling the APPI.

National Accounts Statistics

06/02/2017 - 20/02/2017 Uganda

This is a follow up to the August 2016 workshop and is intending to provide further support in developing Supply and Use Tables (SUT).

Improving GFS Quality and Expanding the Guidelines

28/11/2016 - 02/12/2016 Kampala, Uganda

The two main objectives of the workshop were to: (i) enable AFE Member State GFS compilers to understand strategies for improving data quality (including comprehending more completely techniques for testing…

Accelerating GFS Reporting and Expanding the Guidelines

29/08/2016 - 02/09/2016 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The workshop reflected the ongoing joint efforts of the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat and the AFRITAC East Regional Technical Assistance Center (AFE) to conduct a GFS Capacity Development Program…