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Macroeconomic Foundation Course for General Inductees of Central Bank of Sri Lanka

Invitation

Session No.: SA 24.24

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Date: May 27-31, 2024 (1 week)

Delivery Method: In-person Training

Primary Language: English

    Target Audience

    Mid-level to senior officials in CBSL who are directly involved in diagnosing the state of the macroeconomy and making projections.

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    Qualifications

    A background in economics would be useful but not essential.

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    Course Description

    This course provides new inductees into the CBSL's general stream with a broad understanding of macroeconomic tools used to assess a country's macroeconomic situation. The program covers the current state of the economy; the stance of fiscal and monetary policy; financial stability; exchange rate misalignments; vulnerabilities in the different sectors; and the medium-term outlook, especially the sustainability of public debt. Throughout the course, these concepts are applied to Sri Lanka to illustrate its current macroeconomic opportunities and challenges, and to demonstrate practical tools for use in day-to-day macroeconomic analysis and policy making.

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    Course Objectives

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

    • Analyze economic and financial developments of a country in the region using historical data and a hands-on, Excel-based tools.
    • Analyze potential output and calculate output gaps and diagnose the outlook for the economy.
    • Assess the stance of current fiscal, monetary and exchange rate, and financial policies.
    • Assess macro-financial linkages, including through the analysis of financial sector soundness indicators.  Assess the medium-term prospects of the economy, especially the sustainability of public and external debt, and identify impediments to long-term growth.
    • Identify possible risks and vulnerabilities to economic growth and identify policies to address them.
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