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From Left: Prof. Leon (GRIPS), Prof. Ariyoshi (HIT), Prof. Kotani (IUJ), and Prof. Nishizawa (UTokyo), OAP, February, 2014

vol 4. March 2014

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the JISPA, this newsletter, published quarterly for 2013, brings you up-to date information on JISPA events as well as featured alumni and scholars. JISPA provides scholarships for junior government officials of key economic agencies in Asia and the Pacific who wish to undertake graduate studies in related fields at universities in Japan.

Sharing the vision of the JISPA: the commitment of the partnership universities to fostering future policy makers in the region
Closing the series of newsletters under the theme of the 20th anniversary of the JISPA, views from the JISPA partnership universities are featured in this and the next issue. While the views center on the features of the JISPA, they also explain the corresponding university’s program which focuses on macroeconomic issues to train future policymakers. In addition, a special interview with Prof. Rhodes on the GRIPS programs with regard to the JSIPA history is featured.

An interview with Ms. Cho Cho Tein, the Central Bank of Myanmar, who collaborated with the IUJ on training programs, is given in the Alumni News. This issue also features an interview with a current scholar Mr. Reinnuer Amin from the Ministry of Finance, Indonesia, in addition to the JISPA activities during December 2012-February 2014.

Here is the round-table talk with the professors. Read More

Special interview with Prof. Rhodes

Evolution of the JISPA at GRIPS

Prof. Rhodes (GRIPS) Prof. James Rhodes is President Advisor and Senior Professor of Economics, GRIPS. With his long-lasting support and experience of the JISPA, a special interview on the JISPA history and its GRIPS program is featured.

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JISPA Seminar

Ms. Martine Guerguil The JISPA Seminar on “Fiscal Rules: Key Features and Key Challenges” was delivered by Ms. Martine Guerguil, Deputy Director, Fiscal Affairs Department (FAD), IMF on December 3, 2013. She explained the features of fiscal rules and their recent developments, as well as new challenges associated with the adoption of fiscal rules. The seminar was followed by a Q&A session, where the scholars asked questions regarding possible policy implications for their countries. Read More

Alumni News

I believe that JISPA scholars can contribute their knowledge and skills in implementing necessary reforms in their countries.

Ms. Cho Cho TheinMs. Cho Cho Thein has been working as Principal Research Officer, ASEAN Unit Policy Research of the International Relations and Training Department, Central Bank of Myanmar since December 2013. She was a 2005-07 scholar, and graduated from the International University of Japan. Here is an interview with Ms. Cho Cho Thein. Read More

Current Scholar

I hope I can contribute more to my institution in designing better tax regulation with the valuable knowledge, skills, and experience I am attaining during my study.

Mr. Reinnuer AminMr. Reinnuer Amin is a 2012-14 scholar who is seconded from the Ministry of Finance, Indonesia. He is currently studying at the Asian Public Policy Program (APPP), Hitotsubashi University. He likes travelling around Japan and playing sports during his free time. Please read the interview with Mr. Amin. Read More

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IMF Seminar: "Fiscal Rules: Key Features and Key Challenges"
December 3, 2013


Mar 10-14
Japan-IMF Macroeconomic Seminar for Asia
Mar 12
IMF Seminar: "Financial Inclusion"
Mar 13-14
IMF Capacity Building Seminar: "Stress Testing of Banks"
Mar 26
IMF Seminar: "Indonesia: Developments and Prospects"
Apr 3
IMF Seminar: "China’s Economic Outlook and Reform Priorities"
OAP Staff Campus Visit to the Partnership Universities

Funded by the Government of Japan and Administered by the IMF Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific