• Regional Integration and Trade (E-Learning)

    Venue: Online
    Dates: 16 October – 17 November 2017
    Duration: 5 weeks
    This 5 (five) week course is designed to enhance the knowledge and analytical capacity of
    policy-makers, academics and researchers in the area of regional integration, with a
    comparative focus on Eastern and Southern Africa. This is in light of the challenges still
    faced in the region related to implementation of the integration agenda such as issues of over-
    lapping memberships, capacity and financing constraints.

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      FSMP Workshop August 2017

    In the recent years, there has been a strong momentum towards regional economic and financial integration as seen by the developments in the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) on the African continent. This has been followed by the development and implementation of links and interconnections in payments and market infrastructures. Sound and efficient payment systems significantly contribute to the efficiency of financial systems and enhance financial stability. Consequently, well-developed regional payment systems promote cross-border trade and economic and monetary integration by reducing transaction periods and cost; and supporting safety in transaction processing.

    Against this backdrop, MEFMI’s Financial Sector Management Programme (FSMP) conducted an East African Community (EAC) sub-regional workshop on cross-border payment systems from the 31 July – 4 August 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda. The workshop, the first of its kind, targeted staff from the EAC Central Banks and Ministries of Finance, involved in the operation, oversight, supervision and legal advisory of cross- border payment systems in the four MEFMI member states – Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda.

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  • Call for Proposals (RFP) - Development of Mortality Studies for the Region

    The Institute is inviting Consultancy firms to submit for consideration, a proposal to conduct a study to develop mortality tables and a guideline that countries can use on their own.
    The main objective of this assignment is to conduct a study that will culminate in:
    (a)  A comprehensive and sound framework for Developing Mortality Tables;
    (b) Single Mortality Table for EAC Partner States; and
    (c) Specific mortality tables for other MEFMI countries.

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  • Zimbabwe Develops a Medium-Term Debt Management Strategy and the First Annual Borrowing Plan

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    The Government of Zimbabwe has made significant progress in building and strengthening public debt management capacity since 2011. This includes setting up a dedicated Public Debt Management Office (PDMO), adoption of a modern public debt management legislation, preparation and adoption of debt management procedures manuals, regular reconciliation of public debt database, installation of frameworks for debt data back-up, as well as staff recruitment and training. The new Public Debt Management Act promulgated in 2015 provides a comprehensive framework for public debt management, including requirements to develop and publish a formal medium-term debt management strategy based on public debt management objectives, an annual borrowing plan, and conducting annual debt sustainability analyses.

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  • RBZ Deputy Governor chairs MEFMI Academic Board

    Dr Kupukile MlamboHARARE – Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) deputy governor Dr Kupukile Mlambo has been appointed chairman of the recently established Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute of Eastern and Southern Africa (MEFMI) Academic Board.

    The board was created to oversee the output of the institution’s programme. Other members of the board include Dr John Nhavira from the University of Zimbabwe, Dr Naomi Ngwira, a consultant from Malawi, Dr Angelica Njuguna frm Kenyatta University and Professor Faustine Adolf Mkenda, permanent secretary in Tanzania’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investments.

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  • MEFMI Conducts Inaugural Retreat for Heads of Statistics Departments in the Region

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    Macroeconomic statistics are essential for evaluating a country’s economic performance and for making bilateral and multilateral comparisons. They also provide the framework for planning, formulating, and monitoring the implementation of economic and budgetary policies. While considerable progress has been made by MEFMI Member States in adopting the latest international manuals for compilation of macroeconomic statistics, the quality of data produced and its availability leaves a lot to be desired.

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  • Analysis of Public Expenditure Growth on Infrastructure in Lesotho By Senei Solomon Molapo, MEFMI Programme Manager - Fiscal Policy and Financial Programming ABSTRACT

    This study expanded the line of research in evaluating the effect of factors related to the growth of government expenditure on infrastructure with the use of the Engle and Granger (1987) approach using annual time series data from 1980 to 2014 in Lesotho. This approach provides a direct test of the economic theory and enables utilization of the estimated long-run parameters into the estimation of the short-run disequilibrium relation. The residual test showed that there is a stable long-run relationship among the variables. The government revenue, grants and loans play a significant role in determining growth of government spending in Lesotho. There is no evidence of association between growth of government spending on infrastructure and external reserves both in the long –run and short-run. The absence of this trade off can lead to accumulation of reserves above the optimal level. An increase in the allocation of government resources to capital expenditure will boost the country’s economic growth and development.

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  • Financial Programming Framework for Zimbabwe

    MEFMI conducted a follow-up in-country workshop on the Financial Programming Framework (FPF) for Zimbabwe, from 5 - 9 June 2017. This was conducted at the Kadoma Hotel and Conference Center, Kadoma, Zimbabwe. Building on the successes of interventions through implementation of demand-driven, tailor-made country specific capacity building activities initiated in Phase IV (2012-2016) has been a success story which saw the development of tangible capacity tools and frameworks across MEFMI client institutions. The experience in Phase IV showed that more proactive countries have benefitted the most from these in-country activities. In Phase V (2017-2021), the Institute will continue to broaden the delivery of more country specific activities by ring-fencing resources to meet the needs of Member Countries and Institutions. Furthermore, MEFMI will make efforts to proactively address institutional capacity challenges which are known to exist in client institutions so as to achieve equitable benefits for all the countries.

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    debt management
    financial manangement
    marcoeconomic management
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