Technical Cooperation Programme

About Technical Cooperation addressed to developing countries

Like other European central banks, Narodowy Bank Polski cooperates with central banks of developing countries. One of the forms of this cooperation is technical cooperation. NBP carries out technical cooperation in accordance with the relevant resolution of the NBP Management Board as well as bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding or agreements on NBP participation in international aid activities organized or financed by central banks and other institutions. The primary goal of NBP technical cooperation – pursuant to the Narodowy Bank Polski Technical Cooperation Programme 2016+, adopted by the NBP Management Board on 3 December 2015 – is to support partner institutions in achieving the highest possible standards in central banking through the use of specialist knowledge provided by NBP, which is enriched with Polish experience related to, among others, the establishment and operation of an independent central bank.

The NBP Technical Cooperation Programme enjoys a lot of interest among partner institutions and it is highly valued for, inter alia, Poland’s experience gathered from the economic transition period, the reforms preceding Poland’s accession to the European Union and the economic crisis in 2008. The diversified training offer (a broad range of forms and topics) and the simultaneous translation of meetings into Russian attract an increasing number of participants in these activities of NBP.

The cooperation offer – prepared yearly in the form of a catalogue – is developed on the basis of an analysis of the training needs of the programme partners and the seminars and workshops proposed by NBP departments for a given year.

The current list of seminars and workshops is included in the Technical Cooperation Catalogue 2019. Like every year, the catalogue will be prepared in English and Russian.

The other activities (study visits, internships and expert visits) are planned and organized on a day-to-day basis, according to the needs declared by the partner institutions and the availability of NBP resources.

Topics and forms of Technical Cooperation

NBP carries out technical cooperation in the following forms:

  • seminars (2-3 days) for up to 25 experts from central banks of developing countries;
  • workshops (2-3 days) for up to 15 experts from central banks of developing countries;
  • study visits (2-5 days) for relatively small groups of experts from one central bank or several central banks;
  • internships (2-8 weeks) for 1-2 experts from a selected central bank;
  • expert visits of NBP employees to other central banks;
  • telephone and e-mail consultations;
  • participation in international twinning projects.

The Technical Cooperation Activities of NBP cover, inter alia, such topics as:

  • monetary policy and its instruments;
  • balance of payments statistics, monetary statistics, statistical reporting;
  • economic education;
  • European integration and cooperation with international financial institutions;
  • IT systems, telecommunications security;
  • internal audit;
  • organization of contracts under the public procurement procedure;
  • information and promotional activities of NBP;
  • HR policy, employee evaluation and training system;
  • physical security and transport of cash;
  • payment system;
  • central bank accounting and others.

Priority partners of the Programme

As in 2013–2015, the technical cooperation activities of NBP from 2016 onward will be addressed first of all to central banks and partner institutions from:

  • members of the constituency in the IMF and World Bank group: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan,
  • Eastern Partnership countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine,
  • candidate countries for the EU accession: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.

Considering NBP’s concern for the effectiveness of technical cooperation, bilateral and long-term projects are addressed exclusively to priority partners, while the activities within the NBP multilateral technical cooperation (seminars and workshops) are also addressed to representatives of central banks of countries not covered by the above list. Particular forms of cooperation carried out by NBP are presented in the table below:

Basic cooperation Long-term cooperation
Horizontal programme Thematic package
Priority Individual development of employees. Individual development of employees and growth of the potential of the institution as a whole. Individual development of employees and growth of the potential of the institution as a whole.
Scope Standard aid offer – numerous areas of central banking (offer from TC Catalogue) Aid offer in a few selected areas of central banking (optimum 2-3 areas). Dedicated and specialist aid offer – 1 carefully selected area of central banking.
Time horizon One year/Ad hoc 2-3 years or longer 2-3 years or longer
Forms of assistance Seminars and workshops. E-mail and telephone consultations. All the forms, according to needs, but planned and coordinated for the next 2-3 years. All the forms, according to needs, logically interconnected and contributing to the fulfilment of the goal of the package.
Preparation process Replying to applications for participation in seminars and workshops. Before possible admission, the scope of tasks, competence gap and purpose of participation in a seminar or workshop are examined. Overall assessment of the beneficiary’s needs and effects of cooperation with NBP to date. Establishment of a schedule of further cooperation in the long term as well as the principles of monitoring and evaluation. Comprehensive analysis of the beneficiary’s internal situation and needs as well as the effects of cooperation with NBP to date. Preparation of the assumptions of the package, including goals/results, the process of implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
Cooperation with other donors - To be considered. Desirable.
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