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skills in income statement and balance sheet management.
• Understand the key components of budgeting;
• Appreciate strategic interrelationship of a balance sheet; and
• Relate the balance sheet management techniques to the management of key risks.

Fifteen (15) participants from development finance institutions and governments attended the programme. Countries represented were Botswana and Namibia.


10th Chief Executive Officers' Forum

18th June 2015, Maputo, Mozambique

The objective of the forum was to provide a platform for the exchange of views and experiences on the role, operational challenges and experiences of SME financing and support programmes, as well as the broader policy environment within which they operate.

The forum drew on the experiences of Malaysia and Japan in developing the SME sector, and the overseas development assistance rendered in support of enterprise development. It also formed the basis for reflection and comparison of experiences of SADC DFIs and member states in the implementation of such programmes. The forum further shared experiences and pointed to directions of policy reform for the enhancement of the performance of SMEs in the SADC region.

The forum attracted seventy four (74) delegates from member DFIs, Governments, ICPs and other Stakeholders.


Financial Modelling

18th - 22nd May 2015, Maun, Botswana

The aim of this programme was to up-skill staff in the areas of business valuation (especially discounted cash flow), scenario planning, management decision making, capital budgeting, cost of capital, financial statement analysis and project finance, using computer
based applications.

It also covered elements of financial modelling, developing and practicing financial modelling, conducting simulations of different financing scenarios with the assistance of various cases.

The training was attended by thirty (30) delegates from DFIs and non - DFIs as well as governments. Nine (9) countries were represented: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


Project Finance

20th - 24th April 2015, Midrand, South Africa

The training was aimed at enhancing DFIs to understand, develop, package and deliver project finance to their clients, to make for a more effective execution of deals and achieve improved turnaround of project applications, better design of projects and improved performance of DFIs portfolios.

Specifically, the training programme sought to develop skills of staff to:

• Understand the nature of project finance;
• Define the role, objectives and interests of the partners in a project;
• Assess the risks of the project, and how to manage them;
• Understand the challenges of project implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
• Consider different resource mobilisation strategies;
• Gain an appreciation of economic and financial analysis of projects;
• Appreciate the requirements for project bankability;
• Develop capacity for project structuring and package, including