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Annex 1: JSA TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROJECTS APPROVED IN FY2004

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International Monetary Fund
Published Date:
July 2005
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AFRICA REGION
BeneficiarySubject AreaCommittedDescription
Africa—multiple countriesTax Administration$258,000Extension of regional long-term advisor to assist Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, and Namibia with implementation of major revenue administration reforms including introduction of self- assessment, audit, universal taxpayer identification number, computerization, and effective collection enforcement. The advisor will also assist with improvement in exchange of information between tax and customs administrations and the early detection of revenue administration problems.
Africa—multiple countriesExternal Debt Statistics$93,750Seminar for French-speaking African countries on compilation and dissemination of external debt statistics focusing on institutional and other issues that need to be addressed to ensure reliability of the data, and will also include discussion of the SDDS and GDDS.
Africa—multiple countriesRegional AML/CFT$264,000Long-term regional advisor to support ongoing efforts in ECOWAS to strengthen the banking sector through the protection of market integrity by finalizing AML/CFT regional directives, preparation and implementation of AML/CFT regulations and establishment of financial intelligence units at the country level, and preparation of an overall strategy for division of work between regional and national institutions.
Africa—multiple countriesReal Sector Statistics$50,000Extension of peripatetic expert to assist the authorities of The Gambia, Ghana, and Sudan in improving their national accounts estimates and price statistics. The expert will continue to assist with improvement of source statistics, coverage, and compilation methods for GDP and national CPI.
Africa—multiple countriesNational Accounts$93,750Course for 30 participants from African countries on the compilation, reporting, and dissemination of national accounts statistics. Subjects include the sequence of accounts and balancing items, accounting rules, units and groupings, income and use of income accounts, accumulation accounts, and production accounts.
Africa—multiple countriesFinancial Programming and Policies$70,000Course on Financial Programming and Policies in collaboration with the Banque des États de l’Afrique Centrale (BEAC) for some 30 participants from member countries of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) and other countries in the region. The course will cover standard macroeconomic accounts and forecasting techniques, macroeconomic and structural issues, and country case studies.
Africa—multiple countriesData Dissemination Standards$428,000Continued financing for regional long-term advisor, short-term experts, and regional seminar to assist the four Lusophone African countries (Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique, and São Tomé and Príncipe) in preparing GDDS metadata, posting metadata, and implementing plans for improving statistics as described in the GDDS metadata.
Africa—multiple countriesMonetary Policy and Operations$248,000Long-term advisor to assist the central banks of Burundi and Rwanda in strengthening their capacities to develop a monetary policy framework allowing for better management of liquidity and improvement in the development of the banking sector.
Africa—multiple countriesMacroeconomic Management and Financial Policy$93,750Course on macroeconomic management and fiscal issues, in collaboration with the Training Center of the Banque des États de l’Afrique Centrale (BEAC), for six member countries of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) and other countries in the region. The course will focus on fiscal issues but will also cover broader topics such as governance issues, fiscal policy and growth, and fiscal policy and poverty reduction.
COBAC—Central Africa Banking CommissionBanking Supervision$263,000Extension of long-term advisor to assist COBAC strengthen banking supervision in the region with focus on developing the framework for off-site supervision, training new staff recently hired to allow COBAC maintain regular on-site inspection, and strengthening regulations to meet international prudential norms.
Congo, Rep. ofMultisector Statistics$228,000Extension of long-term advisor to assist concerned government agencies with improvement of institutional structure and capacity to compile national accounts, price, balance of payments, government finance, and monetary statistics; assist with finalization of the draft statistical law; help establish systems for timely reporting of macroeconomic statistics to the IMF; and facilitate participation in the GDDS.
Congo, Dem. Rep. ofCentral Bank Operations$57,000Extension of long-term advisor to assist the Central Bank of the Congo (BCC) in strengthening its capacity to undertake key functions, including monetary and foreign exchange policy and banking supervision and restructuring, as well as accounting and internal audit. In particular, the advisor will continue to oversee cleanup of BCC’s accounts and assist BCC in daily monetary programming.
Congo, Dem. Rep. ofCentral Bank Operations$228,000Extension of long-term advisor to continue supporting the Central Bank of the Congo (BCC) with ongoing efforts to strengthen its capacity to carry out key central bank functions described above. The advisor will also be responsible for coordinating the work of short-term experts provided by the IMF as well as TA provided to BCC by other donors to ensure consistency of advice and avoid duplication of efforts.
Congo, Dem. Rep. ofPublic Expenditure Management$114,000Extension of advisor to assist with reforms of the budget preparation and execution process. Major tasks will include improvement of budget preparation; simplification of the budget execution process; improvement in reporting; implementation of a new chart of account; improvement of the wage payment process; and implementation of the decentralization process.
Congo, Dem. Rep. ofPublic Expenditure Management$57,000Extension of advisor’s assignment to continue assisting with ongoing reform to strengthen public expenditure management including improvements in the budget preparation process; development of a double entry accounting framework; preparations for a Single Treasury Account; and development of a monthly cash management system incorporating commitment planning.
Congo, Dem. Rep. ofTax Administration$114,000Extension of long-term advisor to assist with strengthening of the large taxpayers unit (LTU), including improvements in LTU management, development of the LTU monitoring system, and improvements in audit; and preparation of the second phase of tax policy and administration reforms recommended by the IMF.
Congo, Dem. Rep. ofTax Administration$228,000Extension of resident tax administration advisor for an additional 12 months to continue assistance with major tax administration reforms, including further strengthening of the LTU’s procedures and systems; strengthening the tax department’s headquarters; establishing a pilot tax office in Kinshasa; and preparing for implementation of the VAT.
Congo, Dem. Rep. ofCentral Bank Operations$114,000Long-term advisor to assist the Central Bank of the Democratic Republic of Congo (BCC) establish effective internal control systems and operating procedures. The support will focus on the elaboration of a methodology for internal control inspections and ongoing auditing, setting up of a framework for the internal control function, and drafting the internal audit plan.
EritreaBanking Supervision$228,000Extension of advisor to assist the Bank of Eritrea strengthen its banking supervision function by creating capacity for on-site and off-site inspections, drafting new prudential regulations and providing clarifications to commercial banks on the new on-site and off-site supervisory processes as well as key issues such as corporate governance and internal control systems.
GabonAnti-Corruption Framework$75,000Short-term expert to assist the authorities formulate regulations for effective implementation of the laws under the wealth declaration framework to combat corruption, including the institution of appropriate mechanisms for enforcement.
GabonAnti-Corruption Framework$70,000Short-term experts to conduct a Seminar on Comparative Operations of Anti-Corruption Commissions for Gabon’s National Commission to Combat Illegal Enrichment to help it gain a better understanding of the operations, practices, and accomplishments of similar commissions in other countries.
GhanaExpenditure Control and Management$114,000Extension of long-term budget advisor to assist the Ministry of Finance restore effective public expenditure control with a focus on consolidating commitment control and cash management systems; improving analysis and reporting of fiscal data; and developing a comprehensive financial management information system.
GIABA—Inter-Government Group of Action Against Money Laundering in West AfricaAML/CFT Methodology$50,000Workshop to provide training in the use of the AML/CFT Methodology to enable examiners from GIABA member states to conduct self-evaluations and mutual evaluations similar to those of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which would facilitate implementation of FATF Forty Recommendations and other international conventions.
MEFMI—Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute of Eastern and Southern AfricaMonetary and Financial Statistics$93,750Regional seminar to provide training to national data compilers from MEFMI member countries (Eastern and Southern Africa) in monetary and financial statistics methodology based on the IMF’s Monetary and Financial Statistics Manual
NigeriaPublic Expenditure Management$228,000Reinstallation of an expert to assist the Accountant General of the Federation of Nigeria (AGF) with key areas of budget execution, namely, cash planning; recording and processing of government expenditure transactions; budgetary economic classification; and taking inventory of payment arrears.
RwandaBanking Supervision$114,000Extension of resident expert to assist the National Bank of Rwanda establish a fully functioning modern internal audit unit. Assistance will focus on training of internal auditors on auditing concepts, risk-based auditing, evaluation of risks, and impact of risks on operations. The expert will also assist in the development of a risk management framework and a longer-term strategy for internal audit mechanism.
UgandaBanking Supervision$258,000Extension of long-term advisor to assist the Bank of Uganda further strengthen its banking supervision capacity. The advisor will assist with the implementation of supporting regulations for the new Financial Institutions Act, with training in risk-based supervision, and introducing supervision on a consolidated basis.
WAEMU—West African Economic and Monetary Union CenterMacroeconomic Management and Financial Policy$70,000Course on macroeconomic management and fiscal issues, in collaboration with the Training Center for Banking Studies (COFEB) of the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO), for about 30 participants from the 8 WAEMU member countries and Guinea. The course will focus on fiscal issues but will also cover broader topics such as governance issues, fiscal policy and growth, and fiscal policy and poverty reduction.
WAEMU—West African Economic and Monetary UnionReal Sector Statistics$144,000Extension of the regional long-term advisor to assist the 8 WAEMU member countries with the implementation of their plans for improving real-sector statistics as described in the General Data Dissemination System (GDDS) metadata. The advisor will help create sustainable capacity to compile and disseminate real- sector statistics consistent with the GDDS and help update the GDDS metadata.
WAEMU—West African Economic and Monetary UnionReal Sector Statistics$288,000Continued financing for the regional long-term advisor to assist WAEMU member countries (plus Guinea and Mauritania) with the implementation of their plans for improving real-sector statistics as described in the GDDS metadata. The advisor will assist with strengthening capacity to compile and disseminate real-sector statistics consistent with the GDDS and help update the GDDS metadata.
West AFRITACMicrofinance Supervision$264,000Long-term regional expert based at West AFRITAC to support improvement in microfinance supervision in its 10 member countries (i.e., Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Togo). A major component of the TA to be provided is the development of a shared database on microfinance operations, including regulatory and supervision frameworks, and a Microfinance Institutions performance monitoring system.
ZambiaPublic Expenditure Management$114,000Extension of long-term advisor to complete the introduction of a commitment control system, improvements in cash planning and expenditure reporting and better control of arrears, and to assist in the full implementation of these new procedures with advice and training.
ASIA AND PACIFIC REGION
Asia and Pacific—multiple countriesBanking Supervision$150,000Series of short-term expert assignments to assist the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Palau, Kiribati, and Tuvalu introduce and strengthen banking supervision and regulations, establish banking commissions, strengthen licensing schemes, and introduce and strengthen supervisory procedures for AML efforts.
Asia and Pacific—multiple countriesCentral Bank Operations$150,000Series of short-term expert assignments to assist the Central Banks of Fiji, Samoa, and Solomon Islands strengthen the supervision of insurance companies and the National Provident Fund (NPF). Assistance will focus on introducing/improving regulations, off-site monitoring and on-site inspection of insurance companies, and assessing financial conditions and improving financial soundness of the NPF.
Asia and Pacific—multiple countriesGovernment Finance Statistics$93,750Course for compilers of government finance statistics (GFS) from 23 Asia and Pacific countries to familiarize them with the conceptual framework of GFS as presented in the IMF’s revised Government Finance Statistics Manual (GFSM, 2001) as well as with practical aspects of fiscal data compilation.
Asia and Pacific—multiple countriesField Visit to JSA-Supported Projects$15,000Provide funding for the costs associated with a joint IMF-Japan field visit to Indonesia and PFTAC aimed at enhancing the knowledge of representatives of the Japanese authorities concerning the effectiveness of JSA-financed projects.
BangladeshCentral Banking Accounting and Controls$100,000Peripatetic expert to assist Bangladesh Bank with the implementation of reforms to modernize its accounting and control systems. In particular, this will involve the production of financial statements prepared in accordance with internationally recognized standards, implementing underlying accounting systems consistent with international norms, and strengthening internal control and audit systems.
CambodiaMultisector Statistics$228,000Extension of long-term advisor to assist the authorities with the development and improvement of statistical infrastructure and capacity, focusing on improving the methodology, availability, and quality of national accounts, price, foreign trade, balance of payments, government finance, and monetary and financial statistics. The advisor will also assist in the annual revision of GDDS metadata.
CambodiaAML/CFT Legislative Drafting$30,000Two workshops on the draft AML/CFT law, one for the authorities and one for the private sector, to discuss ML/FT risks for Cambodia, components of an effective AML/CFT system, and the pending draft legislation with the goal of facilitating and expediting its adoption.
CambodiaCentral Bank Operations$228,000Extension of long-term advisor at the National Bank of Cambodia to provide day-to-day advice and specifically to assist with the design and implementation of a new prudential reporting framework based on the new uniform chart of accounts, strengthening on-site examination through classroom and on- the-job training, designing an enhanced off-site supervision program, and establishing an AML program.
CambodiaCustoms Administration$125,000Assignment of a customs administration expert for 20 weeks, over five visits, to assist the Customs and Excise Department in the Ministry of Finance complete the implementation of the strategy for modernization of customs administration, including a decision on the phase-out of Pre- Shipment Inspection (PSI), and the selection and initial development of a country-wide customs computerization system.
ChinaGovernment Financial Statistics$50,000Seminar on Government Financial Statistics delivered as part of the Joint China-IMF Training Program to familiarize officials from the regional offices of the Chinese Ministry of Finance (MOF) with the methodology of the IMF’s Government Finance Statistics Manual (GFSM, 2001) and assist MOF in carrying out reform of its budget and treasury management system.
ChinaFinancial Programming and Policies$70,000Course on Advanced Financial Programming and Policies for senior officials of the Chinese Ministry of Finance will focus on the techniques of, and issues involved in, formulating and implementing a financial program. The course is part of the Joint China-IMF Training Program.
ChinaMacroeconomic Policy and Management$70,000High-level Seminar on “Aging and Financial Stability” to discuss the impact of an aging population on the effectiveness of monetary policy and financial stability through individual saving behavior and the government’s financing need in establishing social safety nets, and the implications for policies and reforms.
ChinaExchange Systems$70,000High-Level Seminar on China’s Foreign Exchange System for senior Chinese officials, IMF staff and outside experts, to be held as part of the Joint China-IMF Training Program in Dalian. The seminar will discuss the costs and benefits of a more flexible exchange rate regime in China, the adjustment options, and improvements in China’s foreign exchange markets and institutions.
ChinaFinancial Markets$50,000Course on financial markets analysis delivered as part of the Joint China-IMF Training Program in Dalian to examine the role and function of capital markets, and address issues related to the development of such markets. The course will cover the techniques of financial analysis used to study characteristics of financial instruments, portfolios of assets, and issues related to financing decisions of firms.
ChinaMacroeconomic Management and Financial Policy$50,000Course on macroeconomic management and financial sector issues delivered as part of the Joint China-IMF Training Program in Dalian to discuss the economic and financial problems confronting authorities in developing countries and examine the options available to policymakers to address them. Special focus will be on how financial sector issues affect macroeconomic management.
ChinaMacroeconomic Statistics$50,000Seminar on Macroeconomic Statistics for Users delivered as part of the Joint China-IMF Training Program in Dalian to explore the current state of macroeconomic statistics in China including the limitations of existing statistics, how these statistics can be effectively used in analyzing economic developments and formulating policy, and how they can be improved.
IndonesiaBanking Supervision$228,000Extension of long-term advisor to assist the Bank of Indonesia (BI) with the implementation of its banking supervision master plan. The advisor will focus on the implementation of risk-based supervision and work with BI officials to develop principles to be used in the drafting of regulations and supervisory guidelines.
IndonesiaAML/CFT Institutional and Legal Framework$330,000Short-term experts to assist the Bank of Indonesia develop a supervisory framework and train supervisory staff to ensure compliance by commercial banks with the Indonesian AML/CFT law and related regulations.
Lao People’s Dem. Rep.Banking Supervision$150,000Peripatetic expert to assist the Bank of Lao P.D.R. develop its capacity in banking regulation and supervision with a focus on on-site examination and off-site monitoring of commercial banks, and the strengthening and implementation of related regulations.
Lao People’s Dem. Rep.Customs Administration$75,000Peripatetic expert to assist the Customs and Excise Department (CED) improve its operational capacity and effectiveness in collecting revenue and processing foreign trade, including preparation of a proposal for CED reorganization and a customs reform work plan, and completion of the deployment of a customs computerization system to selected customs offices.
MaldivesCentral Bank Legislation$75,000Short-term expert to assist in preparing central bank legislation to establish the Maldives Monetary Authority as an independent central bank that can effectively conduct monetary policy.
MongoliaBanking Supervision$150,000Series of short-term expert assignments to assist the Bank of Mongolia strengthen its banking supervision capacity. Assistance will focus on improving existing regulations; strengthening off- and on-site supervision; strengthening credit administration; measures to deal with problem banks; and enhancing supervision of nonfinancial institutions and the AML framework.
MongoliaBudget and Treasury Management$57,000Extension of long-term advisor to assist the Ministry of Finance with implementing budget and treasury management reforms. Assistance will focus on establishing a fully functional treasury single account; strengthening the material and human capacity of the treasury, reforming government banking, payment and accounting arrangements; and improving expenditure control, fiscal reporting, and the legal and regulatory framework.
MongoliaAML/CFT Legislative Drafting$30,000Short-term expert to assist the authorities with the drafting of an AML/CFT law that is in keeping with international standards and to review further technical assistance needs in the area of AML/CFT.
Pacific Island countriesBanking Regulation and Supervision$50,000Regional Workshop for the Association of Financial Supervisors of Pacific Countries. The workshop will focus on supervisory developments and international best practices, covering such topics as operational risk management in banks, credit risk management, corporate governance, and risk-focused supervision.
Pacific Island countriesFinancial Management$125,000Short-term expert to prepare a case study and training material in public finance management, focusing mainly on public expenditure management, relevant to Pacific island countries to meet the training needs of these countries.
Pacific Island countriesAML/CFT Institutional and Legal Framework$138,000Continued financing for short-term experts and training to assist Pacific Island countries establish the legal and institutional framework necessary to ensure that money laundering, terrorism financing, and fraud do not compromise the integrity of their financial systems. This phase of assistance will focus on strengthening AML/CFT legislation, setting up and operationalizing financial intelligence units (FIUs), and furthering the creation of a regional entity to support the FIUs.
Papua New GuineaMonetary Policy$57,000Extension of long-term advisor to assist the Bank of Papua New Guinea strengthen and develop its capacity for ongoing monetary analysis and policy-focused research. Assistance will focus on defining an agenda for high-priority analysis and research and improving analytical quality in monetary policy statements and policy-related publications.
Papua New GuineaBanking Supervision and Regulation$150,000Peripatetic expert to assist the Bank of Papua New Guinea develop analytical and operational capability to effectively supervise and enforce financial sector standards and regulations. Focus will be on improved off-site monitoring and on- site examinations, effective enforcement of supervisory regulations and monitoring of financial soundness indicators.
PFTAC—Pacific Financial Technical Assistance CenterTax Policy and Tax and Customs Administration$264,000Continued financing for a regional tax policy and revenue administration advisor based at PFTAC in Fiji. The advisor will assist PFTAC member countries on a broad range of tax and customs policy and administration issues through advisory visits and conducting training courses and seminars.
PFTAC—Pacific Financial Technical Assistance CenterMultisector Statistics$154,000Continued financing for a regional economic and financial statistics advisor based at PFTAC in Fiji. The advisor will assist PFTAC member countries on a broad range of areas of economic and financial statistics (including management, infrastructure and priority setting) through advisory visits, training courses, and seminars.
PhilippinesFinancial Sector Supervision$225,000Short-term experts to assist the Central Bank of the Philippines in strengthening financial sector supervision and securing soundness of the financial sector. Assistance will include enhancing procedures for market risk examinations, designing supervisory programs for complex groups, development of a quality assurance program, and enhanced examination procedures for assessing compliance with AML/CFT requirements.
PhilippinesBanking Supervision$228,000Extension of long-term advisor at Central Bank of the Philippines to assist with further enhancement of the consolidated supervision framework, development of new examination procedures and report format, restructuring of the examination function, introduction of a specialized examination career stream, and streamlining of the prudential reporting framework.
PhilippinesBalance of Payments Statistics$100,000Peripatetic expert to assist the Central Bank of Philippines strengthen the external sector statistics. Assistance is intended to guide the compilers in implementing changes to improve collection systems and methodologies, implementing good statistical practices, and obtaining greater consistency among compiled data with other macroeconomic data sets.
PhilippinesBanking and Central Bank Legislation$125,000Peripatetic expert to support the Central Bank of Philippines in revising the banking legislation, including bank insolvency provisions and the central bank charter, in order to make it consistent with internationally recognized standards and best practices.
Solomon IslandsMonetary Policy$150,000Peripatetic expert to assist the CBSI in developing and implementing its monetary and exchange rate policies and securing the soundness of the financial sector, including the development and smooth operation of the domestic government debt market.
Sri LankaBanking Supervision$300,000Series of short-term expert assignments to assist the Central Bank of Sri Lanka strengthen its banking supervision capacity. Assistance will focus on introducing a set of regulations to implement a new banking act; strengthening off- and on-site supervision; strengthening procedures for dealing with problem banks; and conducting staff training.
Sri LankaPayment Systems Legislation$125,000Short-term expert to assist the authorities in Sri Lanka prepare a new and separate Payment Systems Law, and revise existing relevant legislation, in accordance with international standards including those adopted by the Basel Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems.
Sri LankaCentral Bank and Banking Legislation$150,000Extension of the peripatetic expert to assist the Central Bank of Sri Lanka with completing revisions to the central bank and banking legislation in order to make them consistent with internationally recognized standards. The expert will also assist in drafting enforcement regulations and conducting familiarization workshops for the new legislation.
STI—Singapore Regional Training InstituteMacroeconomic Analysis and Policy$228,000Extension of long-term expert to provide training at STI-sponsored courses and seminars in various aspects of macroeconomic management, statistical methodology, financial sector issues, and other topical areas of current interest to member countries.
STI—Singapore Regional Training InstituteMacroeconomic Analysis and Policy$228,000Extension of long-term expert to provide training at STI-sponsored courses and seminars in various aspects of macroeconomic management, statistical methodology, financial sector issues, and other topical areas of current interest to member countries.
ThailandBanking Supervision$228,000Extension of long-term advisor to the Bank of Thailand to assist in completing the new off-site supervision framework and training of examiners on its application. The advisor will also continue to provide advice on the implementation of the new Basel Capital Accord and other policy issues and assist in the implementation of consolidated supervision of banking groups and financial conglomerates.
Timor-LesteMultisector Statistics$285,000Extension of long-term advisor to continue assisting the authorities establish a national statistical system. The advisor will, among other things, assist the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Banking and Payments Authority, the National Statistics Office, and other concerned government agencies in the development of institutional structure and operational capacity to compile national accounts, price, balance of payments, government finance, and monetary and financial statistics.
Timor-LesteMacrofiscal Management$228,000Macrofiscal advisor to assist the Ministry of Planning and Finance with the establishment and effective operation of a petroleum fund. Duties will include assisting with needed legislation; briefings to government, public and donors; processing necessary fiscal forecasts; and effective initial operations of the petroleum fund.
Timor-LesteCentral Bank Operations and Banking Supervision$264,000Continued financing for the Special Advisor to the General Manager for Administration of the Banking and Payments Authority (BPA) as well as for short-term experts in banking/ insurance supervision and central bank functions. The support focuses on further development of capabilities needed for the establishment of a central bank. Half of the costs of these assignments will continue to be cost-shared by the United Nations.
Timor-LesteCentral Bank Payments and Accounting and Controls$228,000Extension of the Banking and Payments Authority’s Deputy General Manager for Payments (DGMP) and the Advisor to the Chief Accountant (ACA). The DGMP will help further develop the payment system, including the drafting of a payment system law. The ACA will help complete the central accounting system, the chart of accounts, and the strategic plan for establishing an internal audit function. Half of the costs of these assignments will continue to be cost-shared by the United Nations.
VanuatuBanking Supervision$228,000Extension of long-term expert to assist the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu strengthen its Bank Supervision Department to carry out banking supervision, implement anti-money laundering laws, and follow up on the recommendations of the 2002 Offshore Financial Center assessment.
VietnamTax Administration$100,000Peripatetic expert to assist the General Department of Taxation prepare a pilot project for the introduction of self-assessments in two regional offices, including the preparation and implementation of a training program, and the development of guidelines for a computer system to support the project.
CENTRAL AND WESTERN EUROPE
CroatiaPublic Expenditure Management$228,000Long-term advisor to assist the Ministry of Finance improve the quality, coverage, and timeliness of fiscal forecasting and fiscal reporting, and strengthen expenditure control. These will be achieved through the establishment of a reliable, timely, and comprehensive fiscal forecasting and reporting system, the introduction of expenditure commitment tracking and in-year financial planning systems.
Europe—multiple countriesMonetary Policy Research$258,000Extension of long-term advisor to assist the Bank of Albania, the Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina (CBBH), and the Banking and Payment Authority of Kosovo (BPK) further upgrade their research capabilities. In Albania, the focus will be on monetary policy strategy and design. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the focus will be on the technology, skills, and databases of the research department of the CBBH. In Kosovo, the focus will be on improved analytical capabilities and improved quality of BPK’s publications.
Europe—multiple countriesPublic Expenditure Management$75,000Extension of peripatetic advisor to continue assisting the Center of Excellence in Finance (CEF) in Slovenia prepare and manage regional training programs, identify lecturers, deliver training, and strengthen relations with CEF donors.
KosovoNational Accounts and Balance of Payments Statistics$228,000Long-term advisor to assist Kosovo’s Statistical Office (SOK) and Banking and Payment Authority (BPK) build their capacity to compile and produce national accounts and balance of payments statistics, respectively. Assistance will focus on assessment of needed institutional improvements, preparation of work plans for continued improvement, provision of training, as well as compilation of preliminary balance of payments statements for recent periods.
Serbia and MontenegroBanking Supervision$228,000Extension of the Vice Governor of the National Bank of Yugoslavia responsible for banking supervision, IT, and internal audit. During the extension, focus will be on modernizing bank supervision through the preparation and implementation of a three-year supervisory development plan, setting up of a supervisory review committee and a portfolio management system; preparation of a new Law on Deposit Insurance and a new Law on Banking Rehabilitation; strengthening the Bank Reconstruction Agency; and preparation of a new Law on the National Bank of Serbia.
EASTERN EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA
AzerbaijanPayment Systems$75,000Series of short-term assignments to help the National Bank of Azerbaijan (NBA) in specifying, procuring, and implementing a card clearing infrastructure, which is the final major component of the NBA’s payment system reform project. Assistance will focus on evaluation of bids, plans for inclusion of post office outlets, engagement of potential users, organization of pilot projects, and development of fee structures.
Europe—multiple countriesPublic Expenditure Management$264,000Regional budget/treasury advisor to assist the authorities implement PEM reforms in Armenia and Georgia. In Armenia, the advisor will coordinate his budget preparation activities with other donors while focusing on improving the financial planning and cash management system. In Georgia, the advisor will focus on implementation of a new commitment control system, improving the cash management system, and implementation of a Treasury Single Account.
Europe—multiple countriesTreasury Management$248,000Extension of long-term advisor to provide strategic advice to the Russian Federal Treasury in implementing key elements of its treasury reform project, particularly with regard to introduction of a financial information system, accounting reform, financial planning, and budget classification. In addition, the advisor will continue to function as a regional treasury advisor by continuing to support budget and treasury reform efforts in Armenia and the Kyrgyz Republic, and Belarus and Ukraine.
Kyrgyz RepublicPayment Systems$100,000Peripatetic expert to assist the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic with the implementation of a non-cash payment system. The expert will, among other things, assist with the following: completion of business and technical specifications, drawing up a plan for inclusion of post office outlets, adoption of fee structures, and implementation of pilot projects for potential users.
Kyrgyz RepublicBanking Supervision and Reform$228,000Extension of long-term advisor to assist the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic further strengthen its supervision capability, enhance the legal and regulatory infrastructure, and implement structural reform measures recommended by the IMF.
RussiaBudget Management$228,000Extension of long-term advisor to assist the Russian Federal Treasury improve budget preparation including development of a medium-term budget framework and better linkages with sub-national budgets. The advisor will also assist with the finalization of the new budget classification and with implementation of recommendations of the 2003 fiscal transparency ROSC mission.
UzbekistanPublic Expenditure Management$228,000Extension of long-term budget/treasury advisor to assist the authorities with implementation of the reform measures from the first phase of the TA. Key components include an amended Budget System Law (BSL); a new Treasury System Law (TSL); a Government Finance Statistics Manual (GFSM); consolidation of the accounting framework; and development of an internal audit function.
IMF—MULTIPLE REGIONS
IMF—multiple regionsMacroeconomic Management and Structural Adjustment$500,000Provide continued funding for Asian participants in the IMF training program at the Joint Vienna Institute.
IMF—multiple regionsMacroeconomic and Financial Policies$93,750Course on financial programming and policies for officials from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka to strengthen their understanding of the design and implementation of macroeconomic and financial policies. The course covers the main issues regarding macroeconomic accounts, analysis, and forecasting, and the effects of policy measures on macroeconomic variables.
IMF—multiple regionsMacroeconomic Management$500,000High-level seminar on “Macroeconomic Management and the Japanese Experience in Economic Development” organized jointly with the Japan Center for International Finance for high-level officials from Asian and CIS countries.
IMF—multiple regionsPublication of JSA- Related Information$12,000Publication of the FY2003 JSA Annual Report in English and Japanese; and posting/update of information regarding the JSA on the IMF’s public website.
IMF—multiple regionsCFT Legislative Drafting$237,500A program of regional legislative drafting workshops on CFT to promote expeditious global implementation of the main international standards set for CFT. Three workshops will be held covering Central Asian states, North/Saharan African states, and Latin American states.
IMF—multiple regionsJSA Annual Report- Related Information$10,000Provide funding for the costs associated with translation and printing of the English and Japanese versions of the JSA Annual Report.
IMF—multiple regionsMonetary and Financial Statistics$93,750Course for 30 officials from Lusophone countries on monetary and financial statistics to familiarize participants with the methodologies and procedures for the compilation of monetary statistics set forth in the IMF’s Monetary and Financial Statistics Manual (MFSM) and to improve their knowledge of the use of statistics in financial programming, economic analysis and monetary policy.
IMF—multiple regionsData Dissemination Standards$50,000Two seminars held in Beijing for officials from nine countries neighboring China (Bhutan, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao P.D.R., Mongolia, Nepal, Tajikistan, and Vietnam) to learn from the Chinese experience in the reform of statistical systems, and to exchange views on how GDDS can improve their statistical systems. The seminars will be cost-shared by the National Bureau of Statistics of China.
MIDDLE EAST REGION
AfghanistanTreasury Management$228,000Long-term advisor to the Department of Treasury/Ministry of Finance to provide guidance on an overall reform strategy in key treasury functions, including streamlining treasury payment and accounting systems and installing a Treasury Single Account.
AfghanistanMultisector Statistics$170,000Extension of long-term advisor, on a peripatetic basis, to continue assisting the authorities with the strengthening of economic and financial statistics, including developing and improving the institutional structure and legal framework for the production of national accounts, price, balance of payments, fiscal, and money and banking statistics.
IranAML/CFT Legislation$50,000Short-term experts to assist the Iranian authorities in drafting AML/CFT laws and regulations to ensure their compatibility with relevant international requirements, standards and best practices.
JordanBalance of Payments Statistics$300,000Peripatetic expert to assist the authorities strengthen balance of payments statistics and develop international investment position data in accordance with international standards through adoption of the IMF’s Balance of Payments Manual (BPM5); improvement of the collection system; and consistency among compiled data with other macroeconomic data sets.
JordanFiscal and Macroeconomic Management$228,000Macrofiscal advisor to assist the Ministry of Finance with development and implementation of the macrofiscal framework and to provide training on macrofiscal analysis, modeling, monitoring, and forecasting.
Middle East—multiple regionsAnti-Money Laundering Legislative Drafting$50,000Financing for participation of officials from Afghanistan and Iran in a legislative drafting workshop on Anti-Money Laundering (AML) to assist participating countries initiate new, or update existing, legislation in line with the revised FATF 40 Recommendations. In addition, immediately after the workshop, assistance will be provided to the Afghanistan participants to complete drafting AML/CFT legislation.
Middle East—multiple countriesFinancial Statistics$50,000Workshop to improve the level of participation from the Middle Eastern Region in the Coordinated Portfolio Investment Survey, designed to collect data on the value of members’ holdings of cross-border portfolio investments on an internationally consistent basis in order to improve the data on global financial markets.
Middle East—multiple countriesData Dissemination Standards$70,000GDDS metadata workshops to assist Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Syria, in completing the drafting of metadata for the four sectors (real, fiscal, monetary and external), and to provide them with knowledge on how the GDDS could help improve their statistical system.
MoroccoBanking Supervision$228,000Extension of long-term advisor to assist Bank El-Maghrib with its efforts to strengthen banking supervision to better comply with Basel Core Principles. Focus will be on increasing the reliability of off-site inspections, increasing the frequency of on-site examinations, and improving the regulatory framework, including coverage of AML/CFT issues.
Syrian Arab RepublicBanking Supervision$228,000Long-term advisor to assist the Bank of Syria with drafting new banking regulations, finalizing a new accounting system in line with international standards, and strengthening of on- site and off-site supervision including training of new supervisory staff.
WESTERN HEMISPHERE REGION
BoliviaCustoms Administration$75,000Extension of peripatetic expert to assist the National Customs Service with completing the implementation of customs administration reform. Assistance will focus on the phasing out of pre-shipment inspection and the completion of the deployment of the ASYCUDA customs computerized system throughout the country.
NicaraguaTax Administration$228,000Long-term advisor to assist the Tax Administration of Nicaragua (Direccion General de Ingresos - DGI) strengthen tax administration through new organizational arrangements; new procedures in return filing, payment, and audit; monitoring and control of stop filers and delinquent taxpayers; improved large taxpayers compliance; and strengthened information technology and human resources management.
ParaguayCustoms Administration$228,000Long-term expert to assist in the complete revamping of customs administration with a focus on a new organizational structure, streamlining of control and duty assessment procedures, and integration of the existing computerized clearance system.
Western Hemisphere—multiple countriesMonetary and Financial Statistics$93,750Seminar to provide training on the methodology and procedures for the compilation of monetary statistics in accordance with the IMF’s Monetary and Financial Statistics Manual and improve participants’ knowledge of linkages among major macroeconomic statistical systems and the use of statistics in financial programming, economic analysis and monetary policy.

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