Financial Programming and Policies (FPP)
- Course title: Financial Programming and Policies (FPP)
- Course dates: 23/01/2012 - 03/02/2012
- Course language: Français
- Course agency: IMF
- Course country: Tunisia
- Course city: Tunis
Mid- to senior-level officials primarily in ministries such as finance, economy, and planning, or in central banks, who provide advice on macroeconomic and financial policy or who are involved in policy implementation. Applicants are expected to have a degree in economics (preferably advanced) or equivalent experience, along with proficiency in the use of spreadsheets.
This two-week course is a condensed version of the five-week FPP course offered at IMF headquarters in Washington D.C. The course, presented by the IMF Institute, aims at extending participants’ understanding of the design and implementation of macroeconomic and financial policies, drawing on the IMF’s experience in economic surveillance, the design of financial programs, and the provision of technical advice to member countries. The course covers:
• the principal features of the different accounts used in macroeconomic analysis (i.e., the national income, balance of payments, fiscal, and monetary accounts), the interrelations among these accounts, and forecasting methods for each sector;
• the diagnosis of macroeconomic performance and analysis of the effects of macroeconomic and structural policies on the main variables of interest to policymakers, including output, prices, and the balance of payments; and
• the preparation of a macroeconomic policy program.
The course material is presented in a framework that emphasizes the complementarity of macroeconomic stabilization policies and structural reforms and the importance of policy coordination for sustained growth. Selected macroeconomic and structural adjustment programs implemented by member countries are used to illustrate how policies can be adapted to changing economic circumstances. The course includes a series of workshops in which participants are divided into groups, under the guidance of counselors, to develop sectoral forecasts and prepare macroeconomic policy programs for a case study country.