• MEFMI Cautions Member Countries on Heavy Issuance of Sovereign Bonds

    MEFMI and the Commonwealth Secretariat (COMSEC) conducted a joint regional workshop on Managing Domestic Debt and Lending Instruments using the Commonwealth Secretariat Debt Recording and Management System (CS-DRMS) from 18 to 27 April 2016 at Crossroads Hotel, Lilongwe, Malawi. The training aimed at imparting theoretical knowledge and practical skills on the management of domestic debt and lending instruments using CS-DRMS version 2.2.

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  • Fellows Encouraged to Utilise Acquired Skills in Own Institutions

    IMG 9797The MEFMI Fellows Facilitation and Consultancy Skills workshop commenced on Monday 2 May 2016 at the Royal Swazi Spa Resort and Convention Center in Esulwini, Swaziland. The workshop will end on Tuesday 10 May 2016.

     

    The workshop which is being attended by 15 Candidate Fellows and the MEFMI Human Resources Manager and Public Relations Manager was officially opened by Mr. Bertram Stewart, the Principal Secretary in the Swaziland Ministry of Economic Planning And Development. Also at the official opening was the MEFMI Executive Director, Dr Caleb Fundanga. Dr Fundanga gave the opening remarks.

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  • ZIMBABWE FINANCIAL PROGRAMMING GROUP MAKES SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS IN DEVELOPING A FINANCIAL PROGRAM

    MEFMI has been providing technical assistance to develop a financial program for the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) from 2015, and significant progress has been achieved. In the project, MEFMI works very closely with the USAID-Strategic Economic Research and Analysis (SERA) on funding, technical assistance, coordination and reporting.

    The Financial Programming Group (FPG) comprises officials from RBZ, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and ZIMSTAT. In view of the cross cutting nature of the assignment, the final output will benefit the whole country. The officials involved have also greatly enhanced their skills in financial programming.

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  • Upcoming Events – MEFMI Fellows Development Programme


    1. Fellows Facilitation and Consulting Skills Workshop
     MEFMI will be hosting the Fellows Facilitation and Consulting skills Workshop in Swaziland from 2 to 10 May 2016. The workshop will be held at the Royal Swazi Convention Centre in Manzini.
    The objective of the workshop is to impart Candidate Fellows with the requisite skills and knowledge to effectively conduct and manage consultancies, facilitate and make presentations during MEFMI courses.  The workshop will also provide a platform for the Candidate Fellows to share experiences and lessons obtained during the Programme.
    The course will also be attended by some MEFMI Programme Managers as part of their staff development programme.

     

     
  • Zambia to Design a Medium Term Debt Management Strategy

    Zambia’s public debt has increased substantially in recent years due to Eurobond issuances. Public debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) more than doubled between 2011 and 2015 and was estimated at 50 percent of GDP as at end-2015 (or US$8.7 billion). The main factors behind this increase are the three Eurobonds issued in 2012, 2014 and 2015, altogether amounting to US$3 billion. Domestic debt also increased and accounted for 25 percent of the outstanding debt as at end-2015.

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  • Zimbabwe’s Public Debt Remains Unsustainable

    Zimbabwe is still facing the challenges associated with having a high public debt burden. The public and publicly guaranteed external debt stock was estimated at US$7.1 billion as at the end of 2015, representing 52 percent of Gross Domestic Product. External arrears accounted for 80 percent of external debt and include penalty interest charges. Continued arrears accumulation not only constrains the Government’s access to external financing but also discourages private investment, which is necessary to unleash Zimbabwe’s growth potential. Domestic debt, estimated at US$1.9 billion (14 percent of GDP) as at end-2015, is also a challenge because it comprises mostly short term debt instruments that have high interest rates.

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  • Statistician General of Botswana Emphasizes the Role of Accurate and Timely Data

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    MEFMI conducted a regional workshop on Government Finance and Public Sector Debt Statistics Compilation and Reporting from 14 – 23 March 2016, at Cresta President hotel, Gaborone, Botswana. The workshop was officially opened by Ms Boitumelo Matlhaga, Acting Deputy Statistician General at Statistics Botswana. Statistics Botswana is a principal agency responsible for coordinating, monitoring and supervising the national statistical system in the country. Read more ...  

  • BANK OF BOTSWANA CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY

    bobOn the 31st of March 2016 the Bank of Botswana (BOB) celebrated its 40th birthday and hosted a Symposium.  The commemoration event was graced by the President of the Republic of Botswana, Lt Gen.  Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama, the Vice President Mr. Mokgweetsi Masisi and Mr. Quill Hermans who served as the first Governor of the Bank from 1975 to 1977 and then again from 1987 to 1996.

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