UN DESA | DPAD | Development Policy Analysis Division
Capacity Development and Advisory Services
UN-DESA • MoPIC
Training workshop and working meetings
12–15 November 2012
DPAD and the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation of Jordan (MOPIC) jointly organized an intensive training workshop on 12-14 November in Amman. This workshop is part of capacity development activities on the use of a macro-micro modeling methodology to help policymakers in Jordan to carry out analyses of MDG financing strategies, other public policies, and external shocks. The workshop sessions were attended by a group of 15 participants representing MOPIC, the Department of Statistics (DOS), the Ministry of Finance (MoF), the Central Bank (CBJ) and UNDP CO.
During the workshop DPAD:
- Reviewed the functional specifications of MAMS (Maquette for MDG Simulations) in detail;
- Described the file structure of the MAMS model and how this model is run in GAMS (General Algebraic System);
- Explained the use of ISIM-MAMS interface (i.e., adding a dataset and generating alternative scenarios);
- Generated simulations through practical exercises on external shocks and fiscal space.
The workshop was followed by technical coordination meetings with counterparts at MOPIC to facilitate next steps which involve completing the MAMS dataset for Jordan, with focus on the Social Accounting Matrix (SAM).
Current capacity development activities in Jordan are realized under the project "Strengthening Macroeconomic and Social Policy Coherence through Integrated Macro-Micro Modelling" at the request of the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MOPIC). The project activities in Jordan started on 28–29 March 2012 with the organization of the inception workshop.
DPAD started implementing capacity development projects in Jordan in 2006 with the launch of the project Realizing the Millennium Development Goals through socially inclusive macroeconomic policies (2006-2011).