Regional Capacity Development Centers

February 28, 2020

The IMF has a global network of centers that coordinate much of its capacity development work in countries. Tailored to regional priorities, centers work closely with member countries and development partners to respond quickly to emerging needs. Member and host countries, as well as external partners, help the IMF finance these centers. Their activities are complemented by capacity development financed by the IMF’s thematic funds on capacity development and the IMF’s own resources.

Africa

The six regional centers in Africa deliver a significant share of IMF capacity development on the ground. Current partners include the European Union, Germany, the United Kingdom, China, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Russia, Luxembourg, Norway, the Bank of Central African States, the European Investment Bank, Australia, and the African Development Bank. Host and member countries also provide a significant share of the funding.

East AFRITAC was opened in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in 2002, and works with Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania (including Zanzibar), and Uganda. South Sudan will join East AFRITAC in 2020. AFRITAC West was established in 2003 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and is working with Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Togo. AFRITAC Central was opened in Libreville, Gabon, in 2007 to work with Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) countries: Gabon, Cameroon, Chad, Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, and Equatorial Guinea, as well as Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and São Tomé and Príncipe. AFRITAC South was established in Mauritius in 2011, and works with Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe—it is co-located and jointly managed with the Africa Training Institute (see below). AFRITAC West 2, opened in 2013 in Accra, Ghana, works with the English and Portuguese‑speaking members of the Economic Community of West African States ( ECOWAS), which includes Cabo Verde, The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

The Africa Training Institute (ATI) opened in Mauritius in June 2013. It conducts hands-on training and regional workshops for officials from 45 sub-Saharan African countries.

Asia-Pacific

The Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Center (PFTAC) , established in Suva, Fiji, in 1993, supports 16 Pacific island countries and territories: The Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor‑Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Current partners include Australia, New Zealand, the European Union, Korea, Canada, the Asian Development Bank, and the host and member countries.

The IMF-Singapore Regional Training Institute (STI) was established in Singapore in 1998 as a joint initiative with the government of Singapore. The STI works closely with other IMF capacity development providers in the region, as well as the South East Asian Central Banks (SEACEN) Research and Training Centre. Financing for the STI is provided by Singapore and Japan, with additional support from Australia.

The IMF Capacity Development Office in Thailand (CDOT) was established in Bangkok in 2012. Core beneficiary countries are Myanmar, Lao P.D.R., Cambodia, and Vietnam. Select capacity development projects based in CDOT also cover other countries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Island region. The Bank of Thailand hosts the CDOT Office and Japan provides financial support.

The South Asia Regional Training and Technical Assistance Center (SARTTAC) , which began operations in February 2017, is the first center to fully integrate training and technical assistance. Located in New Delhi, India, SARTTAC works with Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Member countries finance two-thirds of the center’s budget, with additional funding from the European Union, Korea, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

The China-IMF Capacity Development Center (CICDC) was launched in April 2018 and trains primarily government officials from China, as well as some from other countries (including those associated with the Belt and Road Initiative) The CICDC is anchored in Beijing, supports activities both inside and outside of China, and is fully funded through the People’s Bank of China (PBC).

Europe and Central Asia

The Joint Vienna Institute (JVI) was established in 1992 by the IMF, Austria (represented by the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Austrian National Bank), and several other international institutions. The oldest of the IMF’s regional capacity development centers, the JVI has trained more than 45,000 public officials, many of whom have gone on to senior positions, including central bank governor, minister, prime minister, and even one president. Financial support for the JVI is mainly provided by its primary members, Austria and the IMF. In cooperation with the JVI and the Ministry of Finance of Georgia, the IMF delivers additional training through the Georgia Training Program to public officials from 11 Caucasus and Central Asian countries.

A new technical assistance center, the Central Asia, Caucasus, and Mongolia Technical Assistance Center (CCAMTAC) , will be established in late 2020, hosted by the Kazakh authorities and located in Almaty. It will provide hands-on technical assistance in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Financial support is provided by Kazakhstan, other CCAM members, the IMF, and external partners. . Training needs of countries in the Central Asia and Caucasus region will continue to be largely met by JVI and, for Mongolia, STI.

Middle East

The Middle East Regional Technical Assistance Center (METAC) was established in Beirut, Lebanon, in 2004 and works with Afghanistan, Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen. Current partners include Germany, Switzerland, France, the European Union, the Netherlands, Lebanon (the host country), and member countries.