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UN-DESA • UNDP Ecuador • Ecuador Ministry of Economic Policy Coordination

Second intensive training workshop
Quito, Ecuador
15–18 January 2013


DPAD, in close collaboration with UNDP Office in Ecuador and the Government of Ecuador, held the second intensive training workshop on 15-18 January 2013, in Quito. During the workshop, a number of sessions were held on the use of the integrated macro-micro modelling framework. The workshop was attended by a group of 10 participants representing different institutions of Ecuador.

During the workshop DPAD:

  • Reviewed the functional specifications of MAMS (Maquette for MDG Simulations) in detail;
  • Described the file structure of the MAMS model;
  • Explained the use of ISIM-MAMS interface (i.e., adding a dataset and generating alternative scenarios);
  • Completed practical exercises by means of which policy simulations are generated in three (interrelated) blocks: exogenous policy and external shocks, support measures and achievement of human development goals.

Following the workshop, DPAD held technical meetings to identify ongoing data requirements and to address methodological questions that were raised during the workshop.

The workshop is part of the project "Strengthening Macroeconomic and Social Policy Coherence through Integrated Macro-Micro Modelling", implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Policy Coordination (MCPE in Spanish). The activities of the project aim at enhancing capacities of policy makers to conduct development policy analyses, including the assessment of strategies to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and the effects of economic crises on the achievement of these goals.

Capacity development activities started in Ecuador with the organization of a scoping mission and first inception workshop on 10-12 May 2011. The first intensive training and working meetings were held on 28-30 August 2012.

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