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The WB and IMF help countries develop capacity in formulating and implementing medium-term debt management strategies

The report documents the changes made to the MTDS framework and its associated toolkit and analyzes the value and effectiveness of capacity building efforts using qualitative and quantitative metrics and suggests that the modes of delivering the MTDS framework should continue to be updated and refined and emphasizes the greater use of on-line learning in addition to hands-on training to enhance effectiveness and efficiency. The Executive Directors of the World Bank Group and the IMF welcomed the progress made in strengthening debt management capacity in low and middle income countries and agreed on the increased importance of supporting sound debt management with an effective MTDS strategy, and endorsed the further enhancement of the MTDS framework. To assist countries – particularly the low-income developing countries (LIDC) and emerging market developing countries (EMDCs) – in debt management, the boards of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2007 endorsed the development of the Medium-Term Debt Management Strategy (MTDS) framework. The MTDS framework consists of a methodology and an associated analytical tool (AT) to strengthen debt management capacity.