In December 2016, NIR launched a 3 years programme in Cuba – “Sustainable Bank Management”. The programme is composed by academic training, focusing on areas of international trade and banking, as well as an extensive case study work, where the theoretical knowledge is applied onto practical processes. The effect of the programme is thus a development process; where real challenges are analysed and solved in the form of case studies with continuous support from Swedish tutors. A total of 75 people will be trained, divided into 3 different consecutive batches of 25 participants each. The programme builds upon experience from NIR’s previous collaboration with Cuba in 1999 and 2002 through the Bank Management Training, conducted by NIR in partnership with the Central Bank of Cuba and The Swedish Centre for Banking and Finance. Then as now the programme is funded by Sida.
A first visit to Havana within the new programme took place in mid-February. Together with the Central Bank of Cuba, its National Training Centre and commercial banks, the most relevant issues to include in the training were identified.