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Mr. Brekk and Mr. Ishii

Mr. Odd Per Brekk (left) and Mr. Shogo Ishii (right) at Director's office

vol 2. September 2013

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.

IMF’s Role in the JISPA: What Makes the Program Unique and Special?
As part of a series of JISPA newsletters commemorating the JISPA 20th year’s anniversary in 2013, this second issue focuses on the IMF’s role in the JISPA, through an interview with Messrs. Shogo Ishii and Odd Per Brekk, respectively former and current directors of the IMF Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (OAP). Mr. Ishii was in the Director’s position through May 8 2010 until July 5, 2013, and Mr. Brekk succeeded him on July 8, 2013.

In addition to covering the JISPA activities during May-August 2013, this issue also features an interview with Mr. Dorjkhand Togmid, a JISPA alumnus who is currently Director-General of the Department of Financial Policy and Debt Management at the Ministry of Finance of Mongolia. Ms. Sreyleak Mon, from the National Bank of Cambodia, has also contributed an article as a representative among the current scholars.

Here is Mr. Brekk and Mr. Ishii's interview. Read More


JISPA Thesis Presentation and Farewell Reception

JISPA Thesis Presentation and Farewell Reception on June 18, 2013On June 18, 2013, OAP organized a thesis presentation by selected JISPA graduating scholars to showcase their accomplishments in completing their studies under the JISPA. The topics of their thesis ranged from fiscal policies and monetary policies, to the impact of exchange rate movements and financial regulation. Each presentation was followed by a discussion by a scholar from a different partnership university, followed by comments by professors or by an OAP economist (see the program). Read More

Alumni News

I would be most happy to work as a bridge between Japan, the IMF, and Mongolia for further cooperation.

Mr. Dorjkhand TogmidMr. Dorjkhand Togmid has been the Director-General of the Department of Financial Policy and Debt Management, the Ministry of Finance of Mongolia, since March 2013. He was a 2002-04 JISPA scholar, and graduated from Hitotsubashi University. Here is an interview with Mr. Dorjkhand.

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Current Scholar

The courses designed for the JISPA scholars will ultimately allow me to implement and evaluate the policies that I will encounter and deal with in my job in the future.

Ms. Sreyleak MonMs. Sreyleak Mon is a 2011-13 scholar who recently graduated from the Macroeconomic Policy Program, the International University of Japan, and returned to the National Bank of Cambodia at the end of June 2013. She loves playing sports, going out, and interacting with Japanese people. Please read the interview with Ms. Sreyleak. Read More

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Photo of the month

OAP Staff Visit to the Orientation Program
August 28, 2013


Sep 22
Completion of the Orientation Program
Oct 2
JISPA Seminar: "The Path to Higher Growth: Does Revamping Japan's Dual Labor Market Matter?"
Oct 2
Welcome Reception
Dec 10
AY 2014-15 Application Deadline

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