|MEFMI Now Has 92 Fellows|
MEFMI held yet another highly successful Fellows Graduation and Accreditation Ceremony on 25 JULY 2012 in Harare, Zimbabwe. The assessment for graduation of Candidate Fellows was conducted on 24 July 2012, with Graduate Fellows, who completed their apprenticeship work, presenting their papers, as part of MEFMI assessment for accreditation on 25 July 2012.
The graduation ceremony saw eight (8) Candidate Fellows of whom two (2) were females graduating. The Graduate Fellows are from six (6) MEFMI countries; Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Two (2) Fellows from Malawi and Uganda were fully accredited.
Both the assessment of Candidate Fellows for graduation as well as graduated fellows for accreditation was very stringent. In particular, the assessment for accreditation this year was very rigorous. Fellows were subjected to some high level question and answer sessions from the panelists and invited guests. The level of knowledge among the Fellows was highly rated and this is attested by the excellent assessment interview scores that the Fellows attained. The average scores per Programme were Macroeconomic 77.5%, Financial Sector 70.2% and Debt 68%.
Fellows are a crucial component for creating long-term and sustainable capacity within the region. The Fellows Development Programme (FDP) is an accelerated expert formation endeavour for Central Banks and Ministry of Finance officials in MEFMI member countries. It has been established to train outstanding officials at professional level in these institutions, into experts who later serve as trainers and trouble-shooters in capacity building activities.
Candidate Fellows are selected among outstanding young professionals in MEFMI client institutions. The selection process is rigorous and highly competitive. It involves preparation and presentation of a technical paper in a chosen subject area. Candidates vie for limited available slots. They make public presentations to independent experts, who assist the institute in the selection process in order to ensure impartiality of the process and adequacy of preparedness of the Candidates for the demands of the programme.
Accredited Fellows contribute towards the MEFMI capacity building endeavours as they conduct training and undertake missions in the MEFMI region and beyond. After three years of being an Accredited Fellow with positive appraisal, the Accredited Fellow becomes a MEFMI Regional Consultant.
The award of certificates to the graduated and accredited Fellows was witnessed by the Deputy Ambassador of the Republic of Angola, Mr. Manuel Vaz Borja, who presided over the award of certificates while Dr. Adelaide R. Matlanyane, Governor Central Bank of Lesotho and Chairperson of MEFMI Board of Governors delivered the graduation address. Also present at the event was H.E. Dr. Panduleni Kaino Shingenge, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Namibia; H.E. Mrs. Barbara Joziasse, Ambassador, Royal Netherlands Embassy; Mr. Isaac Mwakiluma, Deputy Ambassador Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania; Mr. Magnus Carlquist, Deputy Ambassador Embassy of Sweden; Mr. Peter Primus Deputy Ambassador, Embassy of Germany. Also present was Dr. Gideon Gono, Governor Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe; Mrs. Hilde Johansen Counsellor, Embassy of Norway; Mr. Peter Njogu, Second Counsellor, Embassy of Republic of Kenya; Mr. Arthur Mtandika, First Secretary Embassy of Malawi; and Mr. James Wakiaga, Economic Advisor, United Nations Development Programme.
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