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IMF Institute Training at IMF's Middle East Center for Economics and Finance (CEF), Kuwait City, Kuwait

The CEF, funded by the Government of Kuwait, began operations in 2011. The Center organizes and leads hands-on training programs on economics and finance for officials from Arab League member countries at its offices in Kuwait. The primary purpose of the CEF is to help Arab countries strengthen institutional and technical capacities to enhance the design and implementation of macroeconomic and financial policies needed to address economic challenges and promote high, sustainable, and inclusive growth. The Center provides a regional approach to capacity development to better tailor support to regional priorities. In doing so, the Center coordinates very closely with all stakeholders on the ground, aligns its training program with policy making needs of member countries, and fosters peer-to-peer learning. While the IMF is the principal training provider in its core areas of expertise, the CEF also coordinates training with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization. The CEF also partners with the Arab Monetary Fund (AMF) for training in Abu Dhabi and other Arab countries, and with Bank Al-Maghrib (BAM) for training in Rabat. Courses are offered in Arabic or English (generally with interpretation into Arabic). The Center also organizes conferences and seminars to discuss cutting-edge and emerging policy topics of relevance to the Arab countries, open to a wider public including Kuwaiti policy makers, business and academic communities and civil society.¿In view of the COVID-19 situation, the CEF has expanded its program of virtual courses for 2020 and 2021 to replace face-to-face courses until conditions normalize.
Selection Process:
Participation in courses is mainly by application. For courses open only by invitation candidates are nominated by government agencies upon receipt of an invitation letter from the CEF Director.
Self-Financed Policy:
Candidates from international agencies and advanced regional countries who apply to attend IMF training events, if accepted, will be considered self-financed. Local staff in IMF Resident Representative offices selected to train at regional training centers and programs would also be self-financed. However, they are eligible to attend training at HQ as regular participants. Attending as self-financed provides the same access to course content and activities, but all associated costs (accommodation, travel, and per diem) need to be covered by the sponsoring institution.
Contact:
Mr. Paulo Drummond, Director
Address:
IMF-Middle East Center for Economics and Finance
The Symphony Style Building
Salem Al Mubarak St.
Salmiya, Block 71
P.O. Box 273 / Salmiya, 22003
Kuwait
Telephone:
+965 2224-5109 +965 2224-5103
Fax:
+965 2224-5055
E-mail:
Website:
http://www.cef.imf.org
Frequently Asked Questions: On Selection Guidelines, Sponsorship and Eligibility
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IMF Institute Training at IMF's Middle East Center for Economics and Finance (CEF), Kuwait City, Kuwait

Start Date End Date Session No. Course Title Primary & (Interpretation) Language
January 10, 2022 January 20, 2022 CE 22.01V Financial Programming and Policies (FPP) Arabic
January 10, 2022 January 13, 2022 CE 22.05V Medium-Term Debt Management Strategy Framework (MTDS) English (Arabic)
January 10, 2022 January 20, 2022 CE 22.12V Vulnerability Diagnostics (VDS) English
January 24, 2022 January 27, 2022 CE 22.07V Consumer Price Index-Advanced (CPI-A) English (Arabic)
January 24, 2022 January 27, 2022 CE 22.06V EMoney and Mobile Payments (EMM) English (Arabic)
February 1, 2022 February 3, 2022 CE 22.08V Thinking through Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) English (Arabic)
February 7, 2022 February 17, 2022 CE 22.02V Fiscal Policy Analysis (FPA) Arabic
February 7, 2022 February 17, 2022 CE 22.03V Financial Development and Financial Inclusion (FDFI) English
February 14, 2022 February 17, 2022 CE 22.14V Tax Policy and Administration: Theory and Practice (TPAT) English (Arabic)
March 7, 2022 March 10, 2022 CE 22.09V Financial Market Infrastructures: Principles and Practices (FMI-PP) English (Arabic)
March 14, 2022 March 17, 2022 CE 22.16V Understanding, Assessing and Managing Fiscal Risks (UAMFR) English (Arabic)
March 14, 2022 March 17, 2022 CE 22.13V Financial Soundness Indicators (FSI) English (Arabic)
March 21, 2022 March 31, 2022 CE 22.04V Macroeconomic Management in Resource-Rich Countries (MRC) English (Arabic)
March 28, 2022 March 31, 2022 CE 22.15V Virtual : AML-CFT Regulation and Supervision of Virtual Assets Service Providers English (Arabic)
May 16, 2022 May 18, 2022 CE 22.11V Virtual : Cross-Border Payments in the Digital Age English (Arabic)
May 16, 2022 May 18, 2022 CE 22.18V Virtual : Cross-Border Payments in the Digital Age English (Arabic)
May 16, 2022 May 26, 2022 CE 22.17V Macroeconomic Diagnostics (MDS) English
June 6, 2022 June 16, 2022 CE 22.19V Fiscal Frameworks (FF) English (Arabic)
June 13, 2022 June 14, 2022 CE 22.22V Virtual : Selected Central Banking Issues in Fixed Exchange Rate Arrangements Without Capital Controls English (Arabic)
June 26, 2022 June 30, 2022 CE 22.20V Financial Sector Policies (FSP) English
July 3, 2022 July 7, 2022 CE 22.21V Financial Sector Policies (FSP) English
September 4, 2022 September 15, 2022 CE 22.23 Fiscal Policy Analysis (FPA) Arabic