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Small county's officials gather for Isle of Man course

International Business School
Image caption Delegates will gather at the International Business School

Ministers and finance officials from some of the world's smallest countries are visiting the Isle of Man to learn how to boost their economies.

They are attending a nine-day course developed by the Manx government, World Bank and Oxford University.

It promotes sustainable development of small economies and their effective integration into the global economy.

Delegates from countries including the Maldives, Belize and Swaziland are all taking part in the seminars.

Academics from Oxford, Harvard and other leading universities are lecturing at the event, along with representatives of the World Bank and IMF.

As well as covering areas such negotiating skills, debt management and risk assessment, delegates will be invited to share problems they are currently working on.

The Small Countries Financial Management Programme gets under way at the International Business School on Sunday evening.

After four days on the island, participants will then complete the second part of the course at Oxford University's Said Business School.

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