The ERI course took place June 3-14. Participants included 35 officials from 23 countries and three regional institutions, representing a balanced mix from different regional groupings in SSA. This helped ensure active participation, and greatly contributed to the success of the course. The course was attended by Mr. Prakash Hurry, Officer in Charge, Regional Multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence (RMCE) in Mauritius, who opened the course, and H.E. Mr. Emmanuel Cohet, Ambassador of France to Mauritius, who chaired a lively policy debate on monetary integration. In addition, participants benefitted from a presentation on protectionism made by Mr. Neetyanand Kowlessur, Chief of Economic Analysis & Research and Statistics, Bank of Mauritius.