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Advice and assistance on improving the effectiveness of tax and customs administration

Technical assistance is a core IMF activity with a focus on public financial management, central bank operations, financial sector supervision, and statistics. Public financial management is a broad area that includes technical assistance in tax policy and tax administration with close links to trade facilitation. For example, it comprises advice on improving the effectiveness of tax and customs administration; increasing tax compliance through strengthening collection, audit, and taxpayer service functions; and rationalizing customs procedures to secure revenue and facilitate trade.

About 80 percent of the IMF’s technical assistance is provided to low- and lower-middle-income countries, in particular in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. The IMF is providing an increasing part of its technical assistance through regional centers located in Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Mauritius, and Tanzania for Africa; in Barbados for the Caribbean; in Guatemala for Latin America; in Lebanon for the Middle East; and in Fiji for the Pacific Islands. The IMF is planning to open regional technical assistance centers also in Central Asia. In addition, the IMF offers training courses for government officials at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., and at regional training centers in Austria, Brazil, China, India, Kuwait, Singapore, and Tunisia.

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