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The Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI, Arusha)
The International Law Institute - African Centre for Legal Excellence (ILI-Uganda, Kampala)
The Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute (MEFMI, Harare)
The West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM, Lagos)

Pôle-Dette (BEAC/BCEAO)
Banque des Etats de I'Afrique Centrale (BEAC, Yaoundé)
Banque Centrale des Etats de I'Afrique de I'Ouest (BCEAO, Dakar)

The Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI)
The Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI) is a Pan African Regional Management Development Centre. It is a service and market oriented institution, offering high-level specialized management training and development programmes, consultancy and action-oriented management research services. ESAMI has nine programme areas including training in finance and banking issues, which offer training workshops/seminars in debt and financial management among others. ESAMI's mission is to improve management effectiveness and performance through its tripartite mandate of management training, consultancy and applied research, within governments, parastatals, private sector, NGOs, as well as national and regional institutions in Africa.

In May 1997, the UN Economic Commission for Africa officially designated ESAMI as The African Centre of Excellence in Management Development. With this recognition and enhanced mandate, fresh challenges were posed to the Institute. To meet Africa's management challenge as we enter the next millennium, ESAMI continues to provide high-quality, client-centered management interventions for clients from all over Africa. To accomplish its objectives, ESAMI has established collaborative linkages with other institutions and agencies (local, regional and international). The collaboration with UNITAR is part of the process to team up with international agencies in developing human resources capacity in Africa in areas of international negotiation, debt and financial management.

ESAMI member states include Botswana, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. ESAMI Headquarters are located in Arusha, Tanzania and it has a number of Field Offices.

The International Law Institute - African Centre for Legal Excellence (ILI-Uganda)
The International Law Institute - African Centre for Legal Excellence (ILI-Uganda) offers continuing legal education and research facilities for lawyers, finance officials, and other professionals from all nations of sub-Saharan Africa.

In 1997, supported by The World Bank's Institutional Capacity Building Project, the International Law Institute established a training center for the Government of Uganda. The center in Kampal was intended initially to train lawyers and other professionals from Uganda only. In response to widespread interest, however, and in order to meet the urgent need for an African legla training center, the programme now includes participants from throughout sub-Saharan Africa. By serving professionals from all sub-Saharan nations, ILI-Uganda provides opportunities for participants to learn from each other's experiences and to develop useful business and official contacts.

In April 1998, the Kampala office was renamed the ILI-Uganda Legal Centre of Excellence and was registered as an independent non-governmental organization under the laws of Uganda. It is locally staffed and run by Ugandans. In September 1998, the Government of Austria, through the Austrian Regional Bureau for Development Cooperation, became the primary financial sponsor of ILI-Uganda's training activities.

The courses offered at the Centre are of the same quality that has distinguished ILI's Washington programme for thirty years. Courses in Uganda are taught by regular ILI faculty, drawn largely from the United States and Europe but also including leading experts from Africa. Course presentations and materials are more oriented towards African conditions than is possible in the Washington programme, which is attended by participants from all regions of the world.

The Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute (MEFMI)

[Areas of Collaboration in 2001/2002]

The Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute (MEFMI) is a regionally owned and user-driven capacity building institute with ten member states, namely: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Its mandate is to improve human and institutional capacity in the critical areas of debt, reserves and broader macroeconomic and financial management. With respect ot debt management, MEFMI's objective is to strengthen the ability of member states to manage and monitor all categories of external debt, domestic public debt, contingent liabilities and foreign aid inflows. Through a needs-based Debt Management Programme and using the functional approach, MEFMI delivers annual work programmes through regional and in-country workshops catering for financial and middle level professionals. These are reinforced by focused technical on-the-job follow-up missions in individual member states, and assistance in raising senior-level debt awareness, capacity building planning, institutional improvements, and enhanced systems and procedures for the efficient, effective and well-coordinated management of debt and aid. MEFMI, in its debt management activities, also contributes to the MEFMI Fellows Development Program, which seeks to develop a critical mass of world-class expertise in debt management as in other operational areas of MEFMI.

MEFMI was established as a regional institution by the member states to satisfy clearly identified needs. MEFMI builds on the success and practical experience learnt through the pilot programme, ESAIDARM (Eastern and Southern African Initiative on Debt and Reserves Management).

MEFMI is owned and directed by its member states through the Board of Governors. Financial support is provided by the Africa Capacity Building Foundation, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands and by its member states who by 2001 will contribute over 55% of the annual budget. Technical Co-operating partners of MEFMI include UNCTAD, IMF, COMSEC and the World Bank. MEFMI is based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM)
The West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM) is a training and capacity building institute, established in 1996, by the central banks of five member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) namely, The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
Visit of UNITAR's Executive Director to the WAIFEM Secretariat in Lagos, Nigeria.
The operations of WAFIEM are guided by the Constitutions that was adopted in 1996 by the Board of Governors comprising the five member states. The principal mission of WAIFEM is to strengthen capacity building for macroeconomic management in the sub-region. The Institute commenced activities in January 1997. Since the beginning of its mandate, WAIFEM has not only contributed to providing some of the critical training needs of its member central banks but also extended its services to the economic ministries and other public and private sector agencies.

The specific objectives of WAIFEM include: strengthening capacity to manage public and publicly guaranteed debt, short-term private sector external debt, and domestic central government debt, including contingent liabilities; improving the skills and knowledge required for managing the development, regulation and supervision of the financial sector, including bank and non-bank financial institutions, money and capital markets, and strengthening capacity for the management of internaitonal reserves; and improving the skills and knowledge required for macroeconomic policy analysis.

Technical partners of WAIFEM include the Africa Capacity Building Foundation, the IMF, UNCTAD and the African Development Bank. WAIFEM strives to offer training programmes jointly with its partners with a view to jointly designing these programmes as well as engaging experts to supplement in-house capacity for the delivery of training courses, workshops, advisory missions and the conduct of studies.

Pôle-Dette (BEAC/BCEAO)
Le Pôle Régional de Formation en Gestion de la Dette en Afrique du Centre et de I'Ouest (Pôle-Dette) est un projet conjoint de renforcement des capacités mis en place par la Banque Centrale des Etats de I'Afrique de I'Ouest (BCEAO), la Banque des Etats de I'Afrique Centrale (BEAC) et les Etats membres de ces différentes institutions (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Gabon, Guinée Bissau, Guinée Equatoriale, Mali, Niger, République Centrafricaine, Sénégal, Tchad et Togo).

Les activités du Pôle-Dette sont financées par les contributions des Etats membres, des deux Banques Centrales ainsi que par des aides reçues de donateurs internationaux.

Le Pôle-Dette a été créé dans un contexte de difficultés expérimentées par les pays de la Zone Franc en matière de gestion de la dette ; difficultés liées d'une manière générale à:

• l'absence de stratégies d'endettement et de désendettement clairement définies dans un cadre cohérent de politique économique;

• une vision fragmentée des problèmes d'endettement, privilégiant en particulier la restructuration des dettes extérieures commerciales et éligibles au Club de Paris;

• la dilution des responsabilités dans la chaîne de la dette;

• I'absence d'un cadre institutionnel adéquat;

• une formation professionnelle insuffisante et quelquefois inadaptée aux évolutions récentes des marchés, des mécanismes et instruments de traitement de la dette.

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