Oct 10, 2018

CEF 2019 Learning Program Is Finalized

We are happy to announce that we have the CEF Learning Program for 2019 ready for you. You can choose from 64 learning initiatives covering 5 different thematic areas. We have extended our thematic focus by additional cross-cutting theme data and analysis for designing policies. Learning activities will be held in the CEF's newly renovated premises in Ljubljana, we will also hold several events in the SEE region. Your learning experience will be further enhanced thanks to our upgraded online learning campus and line ministries portal .

We offer you various formats of learning initiatives – blended learning, which is a combination of online learning activity and face-to-face workshop, online courses, webinars and a number of workshops. Besides the variety of accounting, auditing, tax, budgeting, central banking and leadership topics, which we will address, 2019 Learning Program covers a new thematic area: data and analysis for designing policies. Thus, you can choose from following thematic areas, which aim at both capacity building and enhancing cooperation and coordination:

Public Financial Management

  • Budget Preparation and Execution

Significant part of the program is oriented towards targeting selected sector-specific fiscal issues. A special emphasis is put on facilitation of knowledge exchange among ministries of finance and line ministries, in particular on the costing of the fiscal implications of structural reforms. Learning activities promote fiscal transparency and risk management, strengthen capacities to establish and implement well-functioning medium-term budget frameworks, and improve performance-oriented budgetary decision-making.

  • Accounting

Program supports the transition to accrual accounting through closer alignment with international standards and best practices. We support capacity development of finance ministries as centers of reform coordination and line ministries as points of principal service delivery. In addition, we continue supporting complementary learning initiatives in the area of GFS, promoting a better understanding of the links and differences between IPSAS and GFS based reporting. The focus of our accounting activities is to promote regional cooperation in overcoming common challenges in the accrual reform. We also support interested SEE countries in establishing a Public Accountants Certification Training program.

  • Auditing

Program helps strengthen public internal control and external accountability mechanisms. We work with ministries of finance as centers of PIC/PIFC reforms, and with finance and internal audit practitioners across other public sector institutions. In addition, we help strengthen external auditing and the role of SAI as important parts of countries’ accountability systems. In addition, we support interested SEE countries in establishing a professional Training for Internal Auditors in the Public Sector.

Tax Policy and Administration

The program intends to improve management of core tax administration procedures, enhance performance management in tax administrations, and improve cooperation across borders among tax administrations. The program contributes to the main outcomes of the tax administration reform agenda of our constituency: implementation of cost-effective systems based on modern concepts of self-assessment, taxpayer segmentation, and sound organization and management. It also helps ensure function-based operations using appropriate technologies, reduced compliance costs for taxpayers, and increased integrity in the tax system.

Central Banking

Program supports our constituency’s efforts in ensuring strong and credible institutions, a developed financial and economic environment, and a sound and resilient financial system. The program comprehensively encompasses the environment of central banks, taking into account its stakeholders. This way, we cover areas of financial stability and prudential supervision, developing financial markets and its infrastructure, and governance and functions of strategic communication and developing internal capacity.

Leadership for Managing Reforms

The program is cross-cutting through all thematic areas.  We explore leadership through the prism of sound management and individuals’ efficiency, and give guidance on how to facilitate learning and knowledge sharing. Program activities focus on: enhancing trust and cooperation among institutions, strengthening leadership and management capacities that promote change, and facilitating learning and knowledge sharing.

Data and Analysis for Designing Policies

While previously under the scope of Central Banking, we wanted to enable further development of activities on econometrics and macroeconomic analyses, by establishing an independent thematic area of Data and Analysis for Designing Policies. The program will support our constituency in providing high-quality information for policy- and decision-making, ensuring effective on-the-job application of economic concepts, tools and models, and carrying out strong analysis to support policy development and decision-making.

Check out our events page for more information on the topics and timing of our learning events. 

We are now preparing a Catalog of the 2019 CEF Learning Program. If you wish to receive a printed or online copy of the program when it's ready, please send your request to info@cef-see.org.