+ 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

Compliance with CPMI-IOSCO Principles for Financial Market Infrastructures

29/01/2024 - 02/02/2024 Ghana

The program of the workshop is designed for mid to senior level officials of central banks from member countries involved in oversight and operations of financial market infrastructures (FMI).

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

AFRITAC East & AFRITAC West 2 Joint Regional Workshop on Fintech

07/10/2024 - 11/10/2024 Tanzania

A broad array of fintech developments will be covered through dedicated lectures, workshops, and informal discussion time including approaches to regulating and supervising fintech, digitalization of banking (e-money, banking as a service, open banking/open finance), artificial intelligence, and big tech.

seminar on secondary markets regulation, supervision and surveillance

11/03/2024 - 15/03/2024 Online

The seminar will be delivered remotely and cover an overview of the secondary markets structure, regulatory, and supervisory framework including the relevant international standards, exchanges and trading, market surveillance, intermediaries, and other players, and concluded with emerging issues on the topics. Through interactive sessions, the participating authorities will have the opportunity to discuss common challenges and possible solutions with peers in the region.

Webinar - supervision of climate-related financial risks in the banking sector

05/12/2023 - 07/12/2023 Virtual

Its objective was to present the new international standards on climate-related financial risks, raise awareness, and exchange views with recipient authorities on pre-conditions and strategy for adapted implementation. The webinar achieved a large participation level of more than 100 participants from 7 member countries, was interactive with several discussion and Q&A sessions, and included a presentation by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for benchmarking implementation practices and challenges.

SADC - Working with the Basel Core Principles

04/09/2023 - 08/09/2023 Mauritius

The training workshop will be delivered by the IMF Regional Technical Assistance Center for Southern Africa (AFS) and the MCM, in collaboration with IMF AFRITAC East. The Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) and the Bank of Tanzania (BOT) will participate from the East Africa region.

Systemic risk in capital markets

13/03/2023 - 21/03/2023 Virtually

Other topics are different sources of systemic risks in the capital markets, potential regulatory toolkit, the organization structure and processes within capital market regulators for dealing with systemic risks, etc. It will also include case studies with the intent of covering practical aspects and having interactive sessions.

Seminar on AML/CFT supervision AFE 20th Anniversary

10/10/2022 - 10/10/2022 Virtually

The objective is to showcase Malawi’s achievements from a supervisory perspective over the past years with the support of the AFE/International Monetary Fund (IMF), exchange views and reform experiences with other member countries, and discuss challenges and opportunities. The seminar will be conducted in a virtual mode and include presentations by the RBM and the IMF Legal Department (LEG), as well as an interactive questions and answers (Q&A) session. The event gathering representatives mainly from anglophone countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Specifically, more than 70 participants from 11 countries and 19 authorities are expected to participate, mainly consisting of central banks and supervisory authorities, ministries, developing partners, and other external participants.

Regional Seminar - Anti Money Laundering & Combating the Financing of Terrorism

10/10/2022 - 10/10/2022

Zoom Platform

Regional seminar on risk-based supervision (RBS)

07/09/2022 - 07/09/2022 Virtually

The event is part of a seminar series celebrating the AFRITAC East (AFE) 20th Anniversary. Its objective is to showcase Rwanda’s achievements from a supervisory perspective over the past years with the support of the AFE, exchange views and reform experiences with other member countries, and discuss challenges and opportunities. The seminar will be conducted in a virtual mode and will include presentations by the NBR and the AFE, as well as a questions and answers (Q&A) session. The event aims at gathering representatives from anglophone countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The target audience includes central banks and supervisory authorities, donor and developing partners, and other external participants (e.g. banking associations) that have an interest in RBS.

Regional workshop on IFRS 17

06/06/2022 - 17/06/2022 Online Platform

Most insurance supervisory agencies have limited capacity (including actuarial expertise) and competence to implement IFRS 17. The workshop intends to be an advanced training program with the objective to provide a wider understanding on IFRS 17 implementation processes that will enhance their own level of preparedness and assist in the development of adequate processes to accommodate the transition.

MCM/AFE/AFS/AFW2 Webinar on climate-related risk

16/11/2021 - 16/11/2021 Virtually

The webinar was in support of the initiatives by regional supervisors to address the potential impact of climaterelated risks on their banking system. A summary of the results from the stock taking survey that was
administered prior to the webinar was shared with the participants to facilitate discussions and experience sharing.

Emerging Regulatory and Supervisory Approaches to Climate-related Risks

16/11/2021 - 16/11/2021 Virtual

The webinar will comprise (i) presentations from countries in the region on their practices in relation to supervision of climate-related risks or ongoing initiatives to integrate climate-related risks into the prudential framework and (ii) a case study from outside the African continent to present on current approaches and help provide a better perspective of emerging practice in more advanced or comparable environments.

Strengthening Supervisory Oversight of Domestic Systemically Important Banks

05/07/2021 - 09/07/2021 Virtually

The course will leverage the BCBS guidance on Corporate Governance (2015) which looks at proportionality in implementing corporate governance standards in banks, based on risk profile and systemic importance.

Consolidated Supervision, DSIBs Oversight & Basel II/III Implementation

09/12/2019 - 13/12/2019 Arusha, Tanzania

Macro Prudential Supervision, Stress Testing and Greening the Financial Systems

11/11/2019 - 15/11/2019 Uganda

The workshop aims to bring together staff from the Central Banks, Insurance Regulatory Authorities and Capital Markets Authorities in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.

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.

+ Forecasting and Policy Analysis Systems

Forecasting and Policy Analysis System Regional Workshop

07/08/2023 - 11/08/2023 Cabo Verde

The purpose of the workshop is to support the central banks of the region in strengthening their monetary policy formulation, develop the forecasting and policy analysis system, understanding the interlinkage between monetary policy formulation and implementation, allow peer-to-peer sharing of country experiences and provide technical assistance to strengthen the capacity of participating officials.

Workshop on Fundamentals of Sound Central Bank Communication

13/06/2022 - 15/06/2022 Zoom Online Platform

The focus of the workshop will be on
relevant considerations in the context of targeted countries, including specific issues such as how and why to start developing the central bank communication, the central banks’ role and mandate in the political economy, and prioritization of tools, target groups and channels of communication.

+ Government Finance Statistics

GFS concepts in the Government Finance Statistics Manual 2014

02/10/2023 - 06/10/2023 Zanzibar

Government Finance Statistics and Public Sector Debt Statistics

02/05/2023 - 05/05/2023 Rwanda

The workshop is targeting staff responsible for compilation of Government Finance Statistics.

+ IMF Institute Courses

Course on Financial Sector Policies (FSP)

29/04/2024 - 10/05/2024 Zanzibaar

Participants will then examine the design and impact of financial sector policies to mitigate assessed vulnerabilities starting with the rationale for micro-prudential and macroprudential policies. The interactions between macroeconomic and macro-prudential policies are also discussed. Although the emphasis is on preventive strategies, the course will also discuss policies to deal with financial distress situations and contingency planning.

Financial Programming and Policies Course

15/04/2024 - 26/04/2024 Zanzibar

It covers the principal features of the four main macroeconomic sectors (real, fiscal, external, and monetary) and their interlinkages, highlighting both accounting and behavioral relationships and using data from a country case study. The course is for mid-level to senior officials from ministries of finance, economy, planning and central banks who advise on or help implement macroeconomic and financial policies.

Regional Course on Fiscal Sustainability

21/03/2022 - 01/04/2022 Online Platform

The virtual course is targeted at mid-level government officials, such as staff of ministries of economy, planning and finance, treasuries, independent fiscal councils, central banks, and
other agencies involved in the analysis and assessment of debt sustainability and fiscal
policy. It provides an overview of how to assess fiscal sustainability from a policy perspective and of related assessment tools. It discusses fiscal risks and long term fiscal pressures, and covers debt management strategies and early warning indicators used
by the IMF, as they relate to fiscal adjustment and debt sustainability.

Course on Inclusive Growth (IG)

19/04/2021 - 23/04/2021 Virtually

It is important therefore for policy makers to be equipped in tools to track growth, inequality, and poverty but also to design policy to curb related issues.

Regional Course on Fiscal Sustainability

17/02/2020 - 21/02/2020 Arusha, Tanzania

The course looks at fiscal sustainability as a requirement for macroeconomic stability and sustainable and inclusive long-term growth, particularly in low-income countries. It provides an overview of how to assess fiscal sustainability from a policy perspective and of related assessment tools. It discusses fiscal risks and fiscal challenges and covers lessons from debt crises and fiscal adjustments.

Regional Course on Fiscal Frameworks

09/09/2019 - 13/09/2019 Tanzania

The course stresses the need for high-quality information, transparency, and responsibility to hold governments accountable for their medium to long-term fiscal objectives. It reviews the role of government and the objectives of fiscal policy; revisits essential macro-fiscal tools and methodologies; and identifies a country’s fiscal framework as the set of institutions that design and conduct fiscal policy.

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

Crypto Assets – Implications, Policy and Regulatory Considerations

05/06/2024 - 07/06/2024 Mauritius

The policy discussions will include legal and regulatory considerations, financial integrity, market integrity and investor and consumer protection
issues. The impact of crypto assets on capital flow measures and capital outflows will be
discussed, cross border issues and the challenges for enforcement frameworks. The workshop will cover the challenges and opportunities for data collection and data monitoring and reporting.

Joint Regional Workshop on Monetary Policy Operations and Capital Flows

27/05/2024 - 31/05/2024 Mauritius

The program is sponsored jointly by AFRITAC East, AFRITAC South, and AFRITAC West 2 in collaboration with the IMF’s Monetary and Capital Markets and Legal Departments. The program is designed for mid to senior level officials of central banks from member countries, involved in market operations and foreign exchange policy design and implementation.

Coherent Approach to Assess Feasibility of CBDC

06/11/2023 - 10/11/2023 Tanzania

It aims to expand authorities’ understanding of related risks such as financial integrity and issues related to the acceptance and adoption, the legal and regulatory considerations, and the opportunities for financial inclusion and digital transformation. The workshop will provide a forum for inter and intra-regional exchange of knowledge on key issues and concepts, including an opportunity to engage countries with practical experience in pilot projects or in actual launching of a CBDC.

Joint Seminar on Foreign Exchange Policy and Operations

24/07/2023 - 28/07/2023 Ethiopia

The purpose of the workshop is to support the
central banks of the region in strengthening their foreign exchange policies and operations,
develop the foreign exchange market, allow peer-to-peer sharing of country experiences and
provide technical assistance to strengthen the capacity of participating officials.

Monetary Policy Operational Frameworks and Financial Market Development

14/11/2022 - 18/11/2022 Virtually on Zoom

The focus will therefore be to: (i) strengthen the participants’ understanding of the fundamentals of effective monetary policy implementation; (ii) discuss progress with the modernization of monetary policy implementation frameworks and financial markets in the region, and (iii) peer-to-peer sharing of country experiences on challenges with monetary policy implementation, including constraints to financial market development.

Joint regional seminar on Digital Money: Balancing Innovation and Regulation for

24/10/2022 - 28/10/2022 South Africa

The objective of the seminar is to explore the potential implications for of the adoption of digital money, exchange knowledge and experiences on digital money, and provide a framework for overseeing, and supervising digital money, including e-money, mobile payments, stable coins, and central bank issued digital currencies . It provides a forum for inter and intra-regional exchange on key issues and concepts, guided by legal, policy and technical experts conversant with international best practices and standards.

Monetary Policy Implementation Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

26/04/2021 - 30/04/2021 Virtually

The program is structured to cover short introductions by a range of topic experts on the nuts and bolts of monetary policy and monetary policy operational frameworks, followed by country presentations by participating officials. The target participants are middle to senior management level officials from Economics and Research Directorates as well as Financial Markets Departments from the central banks of AFE member countries.

Repo Market Development

08/07/2019 - 12/07/2019 Tanzania

The workshop will build on the introductory workshop organized by East AFRITAC in 2018, and will cover some topics related to repo market development in much more detail, such as: (i) the importance of repo to economic and financial market development; (ii) the legal character of repo and how it works; (iii) applications of repo; (iv) Global Master Repurchase Agreement and key legal issues; and (v) the prerequisites for developing a repo market.

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

Formulating a Medium-Term Debt Management Strategy and Annual Borrowing Plan

29/01/2024 - 09/02/2024 Kenya

The workshop aims at building capacity in
developing and implementing a sound debt management strategy, through designing an annual
borrowing plan. Using their country data, participants will be trained on the use of the joint IMF-WB
MTDS analytical tool to identify the risk exposure embedded in the government’s existing debt
portfolio and analyze the cost-risk trade-offs of potential debt management strategies.

Local Currency Bond Market Development

30/10/2023 - 03/11/2023 Mozambique

AFRITAC East is collaborating with the World Bank and the Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute of Eastern and Southern Africa (MEFMI) for this training.

Managing Sovereign Debt Portfolios in Adverse Market Conditions

15/05/2023 - 19/05/2023 Mauritius

The workshop aims to provide a platform for sovereign debt managers in the two regions to share experiences and understand the implications of rising inflation, tightening global financing conditions and a stronger US dollar on sovereign debt portfolios and the implementation of medium-term debt management strategies. Experts will explore areas in which sovereign debt managers may need to consider in their response to adverse market conditions.

Public Debt Management

24/04/2023 - 28/04/2023 Zambia

The target audience is mid-level officials responsible for middle office functions of debt management
in the Ministries of Finance as well as Central Banks. In addition, this course would greatly benefit
officials involved in macroeconomic forecasting.

Managing Sovereign Debt Portfolios in Adverse Market

13/03/2023 - 17/03/2023 Ebene, Mauritius

The workshop aims to provide a platform for sovereign debt managers in the two regions to share experiences and
understand the implications of rising inflation, tightening global financing conditions and a stronger US dollar on
sovereign debt portfolios and the implementation of medium-term debt management strategies.

Climate Change and Macro-Financial Policies

06/03/2023 - 10/03/2023 Kenya

The fiscal and financial risks from climate change, and the role of environmental,
social, and governance (ESG) instruments, would also be discussed. Workshops will focus on the
impact of mitigation policies and the macro-fiscal benefits from building resilience, as well as
assessing financial sector risks and debt vulnerabilities from climate change.

GovTech: Fiscal Data Governance

21/02/2022 - 24/02/2022 Webex Online Platform

This workshop will focus on (i) concepts and trends related to fiscal data governance (FDG) and (ii) their impacts on the development of financial management information systems in the region. It will provide a platform for the AFE member-countries to explore the benefits of enhanced FDG practices and provide peer-learning opportunities.
Four themes will be covered:
Theme 1: Fiscal Data Governance: Concept, Approaches and Trends: concepts, components, and global and regional trends of FDG.
Theme 2: Data privacy laws and budget execution: (i) regional trends and features related to data privacy laws, and (ii) their impact on the financial management information system and the budget execution.
Theme 3: Fiscal Transparency: (i) fiscal data quality in the region based on the findings of the Fiscal Transparency Evaluations and (ii) design and development of fiscal transparency portals and quality of published fiscal data.
Theme 4: Data Interoperability: (i) role of data governance to support data interoperability in fiscal policy formulation and implementation, and (ii) regional trends and experiences.

Tackling Gender Based Violence

03/02/2022 - 03/02/2022 Virtually

Transparency and Communication for and between NBS and CBs

26/01/2022 - 28/01/2022 Zoom Online Platform

The communication process for quarterly national accounts data releases from the NBS is similar to that of the announcement of monetary policy, and the workshop will cover best practices for both. The interactions between the NBS and the CB are wide-ranging, and the workshop will be showcasing several examples of these to inspire new practices in the region.

Experience with FPAS in Africa

10/01/2022 - 14/01/2022 Zoom Online Platform

Gender Equality and Macroeconomics: Lessons from East Africa

30/11/2021 - 02/12/2021 Virtually

Goals include 1) Providing an overview of the evidence on the links between gender equality and macroeconomics, including during the COVID-19 pandemic; 2) Providing practitioners with an overview of policies to address inequities; 3) Facilitating peer-learning between AFRITAC East member countries; and 4) Highlighting further training and capacity building opportunities that the IMF and other partners could offer on the subject.

Developing a Forecasting & Policy Analysis System - A Central Bank Safari

24/08/2021 - 27/08/2021 Virtually

The workshop will showcase FPAS when fully fledged, using an advanced central bank as an example and present results from a coming paper of IMF FPAS TA experience. The workshop will cover international good practices, regional initiatives and country experiences, encourage peer learning, and review technical assistance needs, objectives and deliverables for inclusion in AFE and AFW work plans.

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

Peer Learning Workshop on Public Investment Management

26/02/2024 - 29/02/2024 Kenya

Building on these frameworks, learning topics covered in this workshop will include: (i) The current PIM landscape—challenges and solutions in the region; (ii) The climate challenge—how to integrate climate objectives into the infrastructure cycle; (iii) How to handle unsolicited proposals for infrastructure projects; (iv) Who does what in the planning, appraisal, selection, and budgeting space; (v) The legal framework for PIM and investment—what is needed and how to get there; and (vi) PIM reform stock take and strategies.

Budget Baseline Costing workshop

05/12/2022 - 09/12/2022 Zanzibar

Despite MTBF principles being uniform across the region for over 20 years, several countries face challenges in deriving bottom up costing to identify a budget baseline to assess the fiscal gap between existing policy requirements and the fiscal resource envelope.

Peer Learning Seminar - Public Investment Management Reforms in the Region

19/09/2022 - 19/09/2022 Zoom Platform

Lesson learning topics will include: (i) Review country reform processes over the past 20 years with the support of AFE and exchange views with other member countries, and; (ii) Explore, with technical counterparts, challenges, and opportunities of selected topics of interest to AFE countries.

Public Financial Management in the Context of the East African Monetary Union

17/08/2022 - 19/08/2022 Zanzibar

This workshop will focus on fiscal policy and economic management in a world of uncertainty about pandemic, wars, and inflation. The workshop will also provide an opportunity for EAC Partner States to provide an update on the progress made so far on the harmonization of regional PFM and the attainment of the EAC Macroeconomic Convergence Criteria.

Management and Mitigation of fiscal risks for Anglophone Sub-Saharan countries

25/04/2022 - 28/04/2022 Virtual Platform

The COVID-19 pandemic has had unprecedented consequences on economic activity and the financial position of governments all over the world. It has also triggered multiple specific risks that were latent before the crisis, including risks from State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs), and other new risks. These developments have demonstrated the importance of institutional frameworks to deal with these risks and mitigate their impact.

Integrating Performance Based Budgeting and IT Systems

15/12/2021 - 17/12/2021 Virtual

This aims to: (i) share lessons in their reform transition; (ii) discuss options to improve IT systems integration in the PFM cycle, and (iii) to develop a collegial link across the countries to support each other in further reforms.

Regional Peer Learning Workshop: Budget Baseline Costing

06/12/2021 - 10/12/2021 Virtual

The virtual workshop aims to develop regional budget costing guidelines to: (i) better define baselines in the context of AFE countries; (ii) provide general and sector specific guidance in their calculation by identifying cost drivers, and (iii) clarify institutional arrangements on the use of budget baselines as part of the budget decision making process

Regional Peer Learning Virtual Workshop on Performance Based Budgeting (PBB)

25/10/2021 - 29/10/2021 Virtually

The workshop aims to bring together selected countries from East, West and Southern Africa to: (i) share lessons in their reform transition; (ii) identify what the main bottlenecks in reform have been; (iii) discuss options to update/recalibrate their reform plans based on lesson learning if required, and; (iv) and develop a collegial link across the continent.

Budget Baseline Costing

07/12/2020 - 11/12/2020 Virtually

To achieve this objective, the workshop will be conducted in three phases:

Phase 1: Drafting of the guidelines (Oct-Nov 2020) - Participants will work in groups to develop provisional drafts of chapters for the guidelines;

Phase 2: Virtual workshop to discuss drafts (Dec 2020) – Working groups will convene virtually and present drafts for feedback from the wider group;

Phase 3: Physical “hands on workshop” workshop to finalize the first draft (2021) - Working groups will convene physically and undertake a series of presentations, discussions and hands on group sessions to consolidate the first draft. Further information on this phase will be provided at a later stage when travel in the region safely resumes.

Review of IT systems to support Performance Based Budgeting

16/11/2020 - 20/11/2020 Virtual

All countries have adopted presentational performance budgeting, where performance information is presented in budget documents as background information for accountability and dialogue with legislators and citizens. The extent of performance informed budgeting however varies across countries

Lesson learning from regional Public Investment Management units

02/11/2020 - 06/11/2020 Virtual

The workshop, targeting heads of PIM units or deputies, will also provide a platform to recalibrate their reform plans based on lesson learning and a collegial link across the continent.

Budget Baseline Costing

09/12/2019 - 13/12/2019 Tanzania

The workshop will be structured around simple and practical tools and techniques that have been adopted in the region and globally for different categories of expenditure.

Regional Workshop on Oversight and Monitoring of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs)

22/10/2019 - 25/10/2019 Tanzania

Participants should therefore include staff who are stakeholders in from: (i) the Government Investment Portfolio Unit or other coordinating institution responsible for SOE oversight; (ii) the Treasury or Accountant General’s Department; and (iii) the Budget Department. The workshop will be limited to four participants from each of the seven East AFRITAC countries and from the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar.

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

Regional Workshop on Transfer Pricing Audits

26/02/2024 - 01/03/2024 Rwanda

Strengthening Revenue Administration for Gender Equality

30/01/2024 - 02/02/2024 Tanzania

Knowledge obtained during the lectures will be reinforced by group discussions that are designed to address specific challenges and provide practical guidance. Along with this invitation, please find the program for the event. Please note that this course will be delivered in English.

Regional Workshop on Coordinated Border Management

08/01/2024 - 12/01/2024 Uganda

The post-COVID approach to a paperless, digitally driven trading environment requires a far-reaching flexible approach to faster, simpler clearance of goods. Customs and other border agencies must embrace the technologies now available in terms of pre-arrival processing, digital data sharing and self-learning risk analysis engines, as well as enabling cross border information sharing, such as ‘Your Export is My Import (YEMI)’ transferring of Customs declaration information.

Regional Workshop on Developing Audit Capacity

04/09/2023 - 08/09/2023

Completion of the International Survey on Revenue Administration (ISORA)

14/08/2023 - 18/08/2023 Mauritius

Leveraging Technology to Improve Taxpayer Service and Compliance

06/02/2023 - 10/02/2023 Zanzibar

Artificial Intelligence in Customs Administration

05/12/2022 - 09/12/2022 Zanzibar

The workshop will include interactive discussions covering big data and its technologies and country
experiences. These sessions will encourage peer learning and sharing of experiences.

Post Clearance Audit

14/03/2022 - 18/03/2022 Zoom Online Platform

The workshop will include interactive
discussions covering international good practices, PCA audit strategy and techniques and country experiences. Discussion sessions will encourage peer learning and sharing of

Regional Workshop on Customs Risk Management and Intelligence

06/09/2021 - 10/09/2021 Virtually

Leveraging Technology to Deliver Effective Taxpayer Service and Improve Taxpayer

26/04/2021 - 30/04/2021 On the Web

It will cover international good practices, regional initiatives and country experiences, encourage peer learning, and review technical assistance needs, objectives and deliverables for inclusion in AFE and AFW work plans.

Developing a Compliance Improvement Plan and Strategy of M&E

12/10/2020 - 16/10/2020 Virtual

The revenue administrations have been working on improving their risk management function with mixed results. This is a follow-up workshop to expand on the one held in June 2019 on the same topic.

Customs Data Analysis

27/01/2020 - 31/01/2020 IMF Africa Training Institute, Mauritius

The workshop will also focus on building the capacity of officers to effectively utilize data as part of a risk-based approach to compliance management. The workshop will include interactive discussions covering international good practices, regional initiatives and country experiences. Discussion sessions will encourage peer learning and sharing of experiences. The workshop will review technical assistance needs, objectives and deliverables for inclusion in AFE and AFS work plans.

Effective Filing and Payment Processes

25/11/2019 - 29/11/2019 Zanzibar, Tanzania

This is a follow-up workshop from the December 2018 workshop on the same subject.

High-Level Seminar on Revenue Administration Governance

23/09/2019 - 25/09/2019 South Africa

This seminar is designed for heads of revenue administrations, chairpersons of governing boards and principal/permanent secretaries responsible for Finance.

Developing a Compliance Improvement Plan and Strategy of Monitoring & Evaluation

24/06/2019 - 28/06/2019 Uganda

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

National Accounts for Beginners

27/02/2023 - 03/03/2023 Tanzania

Focus will be on annual gross domestic product both at current prices and in volume terms using the production and expenditure approaches. Topics to be covered are: • Basic concepts, units and groupings; • GDP compilation from production and expenditure side; • General issues in compilation of Supply and Use Tables ; • Volume measures
• Non-observed economy; • GDP revisions and backcasting.

Consumer Price Index Compilation issues

25/04/2022 - 29/04/2022 Virtual Platform

The workshop will include lectures, activities to reinforce concepts and methods discussed, and discussion to share country experiences.

National Accounts for Beginners

06/12/2021 - 10/12/2021

Topics to be covered include concepts underpinning the compilation of the national accounts; and methods and data sources to measure GDP.

Quarterly National Accounts-concepts methods and data sources

08/03/2021 - 12/03/2021 Respective offices

IMF member countries are encouraged to start compilation of high frequency data to monitor the impact of the pandemic and to monitor the strength of the recovery of economic activities. The quality of these statistics is paramount for decision and policy making in all AFRITAC East countries.

GFS workshop on Improving quality of fiscal and debt data

01/03/2021 - 05/03/2021 Respective Offices

Topics considered at the workshp are 1. Recording of COVID related fiscal transactions, 2. Treatment of transactions related to natural resources, 3. Recording of transactions related to social security funds, 4. Review progress on transition to accrual accounting; and 5. Assess status of implementation of recommendations of previous GFS regional workshops.

Web Seminar on National Accounts Business Continuity

17/09/2020 - 11/09/2020 ( 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM ) Virtually

The webinar is primarily designed for compilers of national accounts statistics for AFRITAC East member countries. The webinar will include a 40-minute presentation from Mr. Anthony Silungwe, IMF economist and expert on national accounts. It will be followed by a question and answer session to address issues raised by participants.

Guidelines on the compilation of fiscal and debt data

27/01/2020 - 31/01/2020 Arusha, Tanzania

The workshop will also (i) Review the progress in the transition to accrual accounting; (ii) Assess the status of implementation of recommendations of previous GFS regional workshops; and (iii) Launch the East African Community GFS/ PSDS Guidelines on fiscal and debt data compilation.

Consumer Price Index

20/01/2020 - 24/01/2020 Zanzibar

Topics covered include: (i) Updating of reference periods, conceptual basics and international practice; (ii) Source data for weights, techniques for determining weights and selecting basket items; (iii) Designing the geographic coverage, sample of outlets and sampled varieties; (iv) Practical issues on data collection; (v)
Introduction of new weights into the index, and communication, and dissemination of the CPI data.

Resolving GFS compilation Issues

01/07/2019 - 05/07/2019 Zanzibar

The workshop will consider: 1. Reviewing borderline cases on revenue and expense;
2. Concepts on balance sheet data compilation and debt instruments; 3. Concepts on social security funds; 4. High frequency data compilation issues; 5. COFOG compilation; and 6. Reviewing status of implementation of recommendations of previous GFS regional workshops.

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…