METAC’s resources are available to (i) identify and design measures to strengthen specific aspects of economic and financial management; (ii) prepare detailed implementation plans based on the diagnostic work conducted by IMF-Headquarters; (iii) provide policy and technical advice either by the Center’s resident advisers or by experts from the IMF roster; (iv) organize hands-on training, seminars, workshops to allow for peer-to-peer learning and disseminate good practices; (v) review proposals by governments for consistency with internationally agreed standards, and (vi) coordinate activities with other technical assistance providers.

Afghanistan is a fragile state undergoing a difficult political, security, and economic transition. The authorities’ program supported under the IMF’s Extended Credit Facility set out a structural reform agenda that focuses on institution building, fiscal and financial reforms, and measures to combat corruption. In this context, METAC’s assistance to Afghanistan focuses on strengthening Da Afghanistan Bank’s capacity to deal with weak banks, supporting the Ministry of Finance in establishing a modern central large taxpayers’ office to enhance revenue collection and reducing leakages, building capacity in public financial management, and improving the compilation of national account, external, and price statistics.