Safeguards Assessments of Central Banks (SAC)

Course information

  • Course title: Safeguards Assessments of Central Banks (SAC)
  • Course dates: 16/04/2012 - 20/04/2012
  • Course language: English Français
  • Course agency: IMF
  • Course country: Tunisia
  • Course city: Tunis

Course description

Senior central bank staff responsible for accounting, financial reporting, auditing, risk management, internal control, statistics, legal, or reserve management operations, or serving on a board or committee covering the oversight of audit, investment, or financial reporting activities. Participants with university or post-graduate degrees in the disciplines of accounting, business, economics, finance, or law or having earned professional certifications in auditing (chartered or certified public accountants, internal auditors, or information systems auditors) or finance (certified financial analysts).

This one-week course, presented by the IMF’s Finance Department, is designed to provide central bank officials with an interactive exposure to the IMF’s safeguards assessment methodology. In particular, the course highlights the importance of central bank governance, transparency, and accountability in improving financial safeguards. This course also provides a forum for central bank staff to exchange views on their experiences in strengthening safeguards frameworks, including emerging challenges and issues. The design of the course combines interactive lectures and discussions, workshops, and case studies addressing key assessment areas, including the external and internal audit mechanisms, financial reporting framework, system of internal controls, management of international reserves, and reporting of monetary data to the Fund.

The objective is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to assess the strengths and vulnerabilities of the financial safeguards in their central banks and to identify specific steps that can be taken to strengthen these safeguards. It also covers the methodology and procedures used to monitor the safeguards framework at central banks.

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