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2005, JVI in 2006 and 2008), external debt statistics course at the INS (2007), and regional seminar on remittances held in Ljubljana in 2009. The participants noted that the longer NA courses on methodology were more beneficial (since they laid a better foundation) than the shorter ones. TA needs for the period ahead 72. The TA priorities are to be defined in the three-year Master Plan, which is currently under development. TA in quarterly NA volume measures, and further development of SUTs is needed. The IMF’s TA program for GEOSTAT should be coordinated

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

problem is across countries. The Fund needs to track much more carefully whether the agencies are applying the new knowledge and draw implications for a candid dialogue with the authorities. IMF S urvey : Your evaluation finds a rather weak link between TA priorities and poverty reduction strategy papers [PRSPs] or key policy issues identified in the IMF’s annual [Article IV] consultations with countries. How can these shortcomings be addressed? S elowsky : One key step would be for the IMF’s area [regional] departments to exert stronger leadership in the process

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concluded that they provide significant benefits to the countries they serve . They found that the centers have been particularly effective in helping countries define TA priorities and in providing flexible TA and rapid follow-up, and highlighted the positive role of the governance structure in promoting greater country ownership. The evaluations also pointed to some opportunities for strengthening the RTACs’ operations by focusing more on reporting on results; and where relevant, on strengthening their potential to assist countries in formulating Poverty Reduction