By Peter Sinclair, Director, Centre for Central Banking Studies.
The Bank of England's Centre for Central Banking Studies (CCBS) conducts training, seminars and collaborative research with and for central banks in the rest of the world. It enjoys contact with some 150 of these, and now averages over 1,000 training contacts each year in all. The typical medium is a week-long course in London or abroad. These cover nearly all subjects of concern to central banks, with a growing emphasis, among other topics, on forecasting and econometric modelling for monetary policy. CCBS handbooks and other publications are read all over the world; some 8,000 electronic download requests for handbooks are received each month.