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Fiscal Policy

Virtual : Energy Subsidy Reform

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Session No.: AT 23.40V

Location: Ebene, Mauritius

Date: July 10-14, 2023 (1 week)

Delivery Method: Virtual Training

Primary Language: English

Interpretation Language: French Portuguese

    Target Audience

    Mid-level to senior officials at ministries of finance, other ministries, and government agencies involved in setting fuel prices or fuel subsidy policy.

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    Qualifications

    Participants are expected to have a degree in economics or a related field

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    Course Description

    This course, presented by the Fiscal Affairs Department, explores recent developments in subsidy spending on fuel products, their macroeconomic impact, and their social implications. Building on country-specific case studies, the course elaborates on key elements of successful reforms, such as measures to protect low-income groups adversely affected by lower subsidies, implementing an automatic pricing mechanism, and designing an effective communication strategy. Participants may be asked to make presentations on their own country's experience in setting fuel prices and reforming subsidies.

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    Course Objectives

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

    • Explain the different rationales for energy subsidies and identify possible barriers to the reform of fuel subsidies;
    • Estimate the magnitude of fuel subsidies
    • Evaluate the distributional implication of fuel subsidies and their reform;
    • Design an effective reform strategy drawing on lessons from country experiences with reform;
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