About this course
Natural resources such as oil, gas, and minerals, can make a significant difference to a country’s exports and economic growth. Being rich in natural resources has allowed some countries to accumulate large financial assets abroad, enabling them to invest in schools, hospitals, and roads to promote growth and diversification. However, natural resources come with challenges too. In addition to the reality that these resources will eventually run out, policy-makers must cope with the volatility of prices.
A diverse and knowledgeable set of instructors from the IMF and its partners analyze experiences of many resource-rich countries; from Africa to Central Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and share insights that are applicable worldwide. The course offers a variety of learning tools to help you analyze policy challenges and issues facing RRCs and show how you may apply these to your country.
MRCx is offered by the IMF with financial support from the Managing Natural Resource Wealth Thematic Fund (MNRW).
What you'll learn
• To evaluate the design of an appropriate fiscal regime and fiscal framework in resource-rich countries
• To apply simple fiscal benchmarks and fiscal rules to determine how much governments should spend and save from the sale of natural resources, and understand the modalities for savings such as a sovereign wealth fund
• To identify appropriate macroeconomic policy responses to commodity price shocks
• To apply key principles and good practices to enhance fiscal transparency and statistics in resource-rich countries
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