Posted on December 10, 2016

Qatar Institute for Public Finance (QIPF), in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance (MoF), is conducting a special workshop that will cover Concepts and Practices of Macro economy and Public Finances for mid & senior level officials in the public finance sector. The workshop is QIPF’s 3rd for the 2nd consecutive year, as part of a series of promised workshops and seminars aimed at elevating the public finance standards in the MENA region.

QIPF’s workshop will provide participants with a general knowledge base for macroeconomic and fiscal general concepts; objectives and mechanics of macroeconomic and fiscal modelling & forecasting, analysis & surveillance, and policy-making; and how fiscal policy can be used as an instrument to achieve macroeconomic stability and growth.

Commenting on the occasion, Dr. Abdulaziz Al Horr, CEO of QFBA, said: “QFBA is proud to be a part of this important workshop, which aims to introduce macro economy and public finance concepts and practices to the public sector’s mid & senior level officials. The workshop’s objective is perfectly aligned with the Academy’s mission to empower professionals, along with the institutions and bodies operating in the State of Qatar and the region, to stay on top of changes within the business and finance sector, as well as promote innovation and create new opportunities that contribute to the realization of the Qatar National Vision 2030. All preparations have been made, in collaboration with the MoF, QIPF and the OECD to ensure the workshop is a success.”

During the workshop, speakers will discuss overall issues with fiscal and macroeconomic functions at the country-level, such as how to build up an international reputation, the importance of being held to account and of being challenged by outside bodies (both national and international). The workshop will feature a number of presentations delivered by the OECD and will involve interactions between speakers and participants. Daily sessions will also be devoted to applied work by groups of participants. Some of the high profile speakers set to share their expertise and insights at the workshop include Jón R. Blöndal, Head of Budgeting and Public Expenditures Division at the OECD, John McLaren, an economist who has worked as the principal economic advisor to the Scottish First Minister, Donald Dewar, and Delphine Moretti, a senior policy analyst in the OECD’s Budgeting and Public Expenditure Division.

The QIPF workshop kicked off today, and conclude on Wednesday, 14 December 2016. The course is conducted in English. Translation into Arabic will be provided.