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Practical Information

IBFI’s annual programme offers free training seminars for the managerial staff of central banks and banking supervisory bodies.


  • Central banks or institutions intending to enrol a participant must apply at least 2 months before the date of the seminar, using the application form available on our Web site and indicate the correspondent or contact person (Human Resources and/or Director) validating the application..
  • At the end of the application period and depending on availability, confirmation of registration will be sent. For seminars to be confirmed, a sufficient number of applicants is necessary.
  • However, we draw your attention to the fact that, due to the large number of applications received, we rareley take late registrations into consideration, or multiple applications from the same bank.
  • 6 weeks prior to the seminar, participants receive an official invitation letter by email, in particular for visa purposes. They are then asked to fill the “practical aspects” (traveling schedule, hotel, social event, diet restrictions) in their ‘My Space’ section of the website.
  • Participants in the seminars must have a good command of one of the working languages mentioned in the training programme: French or English. Our contact persons must ensure that the candidates they recommend have the required fluency. Poor understanding of presentations undermines the smooth running of the seminar and compromises its efficiency.



  • The duration of the seminars may be 2, 3, 4 or 5 days (in that case a half-day off is generally scheduled for participants).
  • They are held in our Paris headquarters ; transportation from the hotel is not arranged by IBFI.
  • They are supported by written documentation in the working language mentioned by the candidate on his/her application form.

We insist on the fact that trainees have to attend every session of the seminar and sign the attendance sheet circulated every day.



Banque de France normally makes pre-reservations with a partner hotel for all participants. It is a 3 star hotel, European standards.
The “Practical aspects” section has to be answered at the latest 1 month before the beginning of the seminar.

Participants are free to choose another hotel and to inform us. If so they should bear the full costs of accommodation


Banque de France covers the following costs:

  • training courses.
  • lunches and coffee breaks,
  • the possible social events.


Hotel (single room and breakfast)


1 - Participants coming from central banks of middle-income and industrialised countries pay for their own accommodation.

2 - Banque de France only covers the costs of the participants from the national central banks belonging to countries benefiting from the HIPC (highly indebted poor countries) IMF/WB initiative.
It now covers the night before to the night after the seminar (for example 6 nights for a 5-day seminar).

3 – As for participants that belong to the group of other Least Developed Countries (LDC), Banque de France only covers the accommodation costs of 3 nights per LDC trainee and per seminar, as from July 2005. The central bank concerned covers remaining costs of the other nights.


Other expenses paid by trainees

  • dinners
  • hotel: additional cost for twin room, longer stay (additional nights (1) before or after the seminar), mini-bar, telephone and other services,
  • transport (plane, taxi),
  • health and lost luggage insurance.

Updated on: 11/03/2016 15:24