Shaktikanta Das inaugurates IMF's SARTTAC in New Delhi

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb. 14 (ANI): Shaktikanta Das, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, inaugurated International Monetary Fund's (IMF) South Asia Training and Technical Assistance Center (SARTTAC) in New Delhi on Monday. This is IMF's first Fully-Integrated Capacity Development Center, which brings together under one roof the two building blocks of capacity development -training and technical assistance. Das, in his inaugural address, said that he is sure the center will build on this unique advantage, and overtime, will evolve as a model for others to emulate. Deputy Managing Director, IMF, Carla Grasso and senior officials from the SARTTAC's six South Asian member countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka) and development partners attended the event. Less than a year after IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and the Finance Minister of India, Arun Jaitley, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a capacity development center for South Asia. The opening of SARTTAC marks a major milestone in the partnership between the IMF and its member countries in the region. Speaking on the occasion, Grasso said that she is very appreciative of the strong partnerships and determined efforts of so many that have paved the way for SARTTAC's opening. Grasso further said that she is confident that the center will make a very strong contribution to capacity building in South Asia, which is so important for sustainable economic development, growth, and stability. SARTTAC is a collaborative venture between the IMF, the member countries, and development partners. The center's strategic goal is to help its member countries strengthen their institutional and human capacity to design and implement macroeconomic and financial policies that promote growth and reduce poverty. South Asia is a rapidly growing region that is home to one fifth of the world's population. SARTTAC will allow the IMF to meet more of the high demand for technical assistance and training from the region. Through its team of international resident experts, SARTTAC is expected to become the focal point for the delivery of IMF capacity development services to South Asia. SARTTAC, the newest addition to the IMF's global network of fourteen regional centers, is a new kind of capacity development institution, fully integrating customised hands-on training with targeted technical advice in a range of macroeconomic and financial areas, and generating synergies between the two. SARTTAC is located in world class facilities in New Delhi and is financed mainly by its six member countries - Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka - with additional support from Australia, the Republic of Korea, the European Union and the United Kingdom. (ANI)