The IMF's Technical Assistance Office in Thailand (TAOLAM) provides technical assistance (TA) and training mainly to Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam to improve economic management and prospects for sustainable growth. It achieves this through responding rapidly and flexibly to beneficiary country demand for high quality, well-tailored TA and training in macroeconomic analysis, management, and reporting, as part of the IMF’s capacity development strategy. TAOLAM, as part of the IMF’s Asia and Pacific Department (APD), also works closely country teams in APD to ensure the its approach to capacity development is consistent with the area department’s surveillance dialogue with relevant member countries.

 

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At a Glance 

  • Established in Bangkok in September 2012.
  • Main beneficiaries: Initially covered Lao PDR and Myanmar. Commenced covering Cambodia and Vietnam in mid 2015. A public financial management project for Southeast Asia, based in TAOLAM, also covers Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand.
  • External donors: Thailand and Japan. The Bank of Thailand hosts the TA Office. The Japan Administered Account for Selected IMF Activities (JSA) supports project activity in public financial management, monetary and foreign exchange operations, government finance statistics, external sector statistics, and macroeconomic management.
  • Capacity development is delivered to the beneficiary countries by a group of regional advisors, working closely with and supported by IMF functional departments, TA missions and training providers, and resident advisors and short-term experts. These advisors also collaborate with regional development partners.
  • Regional collaboration: TAOLAM also works in tandem with other IMF offices in the region involved in capacity development, including the IMF-Singapore Regional Training Institute and Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Tokyo.

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Office Activities

Report on Annual Meeting of the Advisory Committee for the Technical Assistance Office for Lao PDR and Myanmar

TAOLAM’s Advisory Committee met at its annual meeting on December 8, 2016 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Read the report.


Bank of Lao PDR Hosts the Second Annual Meeting of the Advisory Committee for the IMF Technical Assistance Office for Lao PDR and Myanmar Press Release No. 15/537, November 24, 2015

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Technical Assistance Office for the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (TAOLAM) continues to expand the breadth and reach of its activities through a range of tailor-made capacity building projects. They mainly aim at strengthening macroeconomic frameworks, monetary and fiscal operations, and macro-statistics in the beneficiary countries in support of their own reform priorities. ... Read More


IMF Technical Assistance Moves to Strengthen the Capacity of Officials in South East Asia on Macro-Financial Linkages and Diagnostics, Press Release No. 15/203, May 8, 2015

The International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s Technical Assistance Office for Lao P.D.R. and Myanmar (TAOLAM) in cooperation with the IMF’s Singapore Regional Training Institute (STI) organized a workshop from May 5-6 in Bangkok, Thailand, to help officials from Cambodia, Lao P.D.R, Myanmar and Vietnam build capacity in the areas of macro-financial linkages and diagnostics. ... Read More


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Regional Economic Outlook

The outlook for the Asia-Pacific region remains robust—the strongest in the world, in fact—and recent data point to a pickup in momentum. The near-term outlook, however, is clouded with significant uncertainty, and risks, on balance, remain slanted to the downside. Medium-term growth faces secular headwinds, including from population aging and sluggish productivity. Macroeconomic policies should continue to support growth while boosting resilience, external rebalancing, and inclusiveness. The region needs structural reforms to address its demographic challenges and to boost productivity.

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