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Economic Issues in Regional Integration (ERI)

Economic Issues in Regional Integration

The main objective of this course, presented by the Institute for Capacity Development, is to broaden participants’ understanding of economic, monetary, and financial integration and its impact on trade, investment, and economic growth within the region and on the global economy. Drawing on economic theory and on case studies from experiences in several regions, the course discusses “requirements” for economic, monetary, and financial integration; and examines the economic and political consequences of regional integration. Workshops are designed to deepen participants’ knowledge of specific issues that may emerge in economic and monetary integration. Participants use case studies with country data to make assessments of benefits and challenges of regional integration and are expected to deliver their conclusions in short presentations.

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    Target Audience

    Mid-level to senior officials in central banks, ministries of finance, and other interested ministries and agencies in countries that are part of one or multiple regional integration arrangements or planning to further deepen such arrangements. Staff from intergovernmental or supranational regional organizations are also invited.

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    Participants are expected to have an advanced degree in economics or equivalent experience and be proficient in the use of spreadsheets.

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    Course Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to: 

    • Analyze the various types of regional integration and discuss the new trends in regional integration. 
    • Identify and critically analyze the opportunities and challenges of various integration schemes for their countries. 
    • Assess the process of regional integration in terms of its implications on economic growth and inequality, and the level and pace of convergence in key macroeconomic variables in the run-up to deeper integration. 
    • Summarize economic and political arguments regarding integration that may affect their own country.
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    Financial Programming and Policies (FPP)

    English | June 19-30, 2023 | In-person Training | Singapore, Singapore

    Apply online by March 20, 2023

    Nowcasting (NWC)

    English | July 3-14, 2023 | In-person Training | Singapore, Singapore

    Apply online by March 24, 2023