Technical missions and multilateral cooperation programmes
IBFI is the Banque de France's central contact point for all of its technical cooperation activities aimed at foreign central banks and public institutions. Banque de France experts are sent to countries on technical assistance missions within the framework of the programmes of the Agence Française de Développement (AFD – French Development Agency) and multilateral cooperation programmes, notably those run by the IMF, the World Bank and the European Union.
At the European level, technical assistance missions can be grouped and structured under a twinning arrangement whereby a central bank and beneficiary institution work together on predefined objectives and actions.
As part of the IMF's programmes, the Banque de France provides assistance to foreign central banks by sending resident advisers for one or more years, mainly in the field of banking supervision.
IBFI coordinates the hosting of study visits by foreign delegations that wish to exchange views with staff at the Banque de France and the Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution (ACPR – Prudential Supervision and Resolution Authority). By enabling the sharing of expertise and promoting the Banque de France's know-how, these visits strengthen relations with central banks around the world and contribute to monetary and financial stability.