Capacity building is provided by the IMF to member countries mostly in the form of advice and training provided by IMF staff, headquarters-based technical assistance experts, and experts in the field employed by the IMF. Requests for technical assistance arise from the authorities’ initiatives to identify and correct weaknesses in policy formulation or implementation. They may also result from discussions in the context of IMF surveillance or lending operations or as follow-up on FSAP and ROSC exercises.