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Public Finance Management

Monday, 9 October, 2017 - 09:00 to Friday, 20 October, 2017 - 18:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Faculty: Social Sciences and Solvay Business School
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Training course

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Universiteit Antwerpen are launching the first executive formation course for public policy officials in government agencies, international organizations and other interested agencies in Brussels. This short-term program is designed for experienced professionals who want to improve their capacities and apply the international practices and experiences acquired during the course at their home department. 

For this first edition the Vrije Universiteit Brussel will be training thirty high qualified officials from the National Treasury of South Africa in collaboration with the Belgian Development Agency. The training approach for the course will join a theoretical approach towards the most relevant topics in public finance to an applied perspective to real problems faced by the South African economy nowadays: infrastructure management, rural development, and financial sustainability among others. 

The common denominator of all this issues is related with a worldwide economic tendency: fiscal decentralization. This paradigm is well known in countries as Belgium or Switzerland but it is relatively new for countries coming out of great political or economic changes . Trends in fiscal decentralization shift the focus of public finance from the national government to lower political levels. This shift normally implies more effectiveness in the delivery of public services but at a loss in efficiency in its funding. The aim of the course is to establish a baseline scenario and strengthen it with capacity building and best practices learned from similar experiences worldwide. 

The lecturers and experts involved in this two-week intensive program come from national and international universities and different European economic organizations. The course also includes a visit to the headquarters of the OECD in Paris and the European Parliament in Brussels to see in first person how works an institution devoted to foster prosperity through economic growth and financial stability.

The course is guided by Prof. Dr. Peter Claeys and direct by Helena Sanz.

Contact at peter.claeys@vub.be .

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