IMF to Establish New Regional Technical Assistance Center in Almaty
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IMF to Establish New Regional Technical Assistance Center in Almaty

IMF to Establish New Regional Technical Assistance Center in Almaty

On October 18, 2019, Carla Grasso, Deputy Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), announced that the IMF will locate a new regional technical assistance center (RTAC) in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The center will provide capacity development (CD) services to nine-member countries in the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Mongolia (CCAM) regions. Work is expected to cover fiscal policy, central bank operations, financial sector supervision, and macroeconomic statistics. CCAM RTAC is expected to begin operations in about one year.

"We are very excited about this new platform for engagement with member countries in the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Mongolia—an important area at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. CCAM countries have made impressive progress in developing and implementing policies and institutions over the past 25 years, but more remains to be done to strengthen capacity and results. We look forward to an enhanced IMF presence in the region, in cooperation with the nine countries and other stakeholders."

She further added, “The location selection was based on a request and evaluation of proposals covering numerous areas, including financial support, flight connectivity, and wide-ranging administrative and logistical areas. We do thank the authorities in Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan for their excellent proposals to host the center.”

From time to time, IMF offers technical assistance (TA) and training to member countries in addition to economic and financial surveillance, and lending operations. The IMF’s technical assistance helps member countries develop institutions that are more effective and legal frameworks and policies that can be used to promote economic stability and growth, while training strengthens the capacity of member countries’ officials to analyze economic developments and formulate and implement effective policies.

Almaty-based CCAM RTAC is expected to become the focal point for planning, coordinating, and implementing IMF CD activities in the region. Other member countries and agencies from outside the region are expected to support the center, which will build on the experience of other IMF Regional Technical Assistance Centers and Training Centers worldwide. 

The initiative demonstrates a shared commitment between the IMF and its membership in using TA and training as vehicles for economic stability and inclusive growth.