1. Please outline your work responsibilities before enrolling on your studies in Japan.
As a chief economist of the Balance of Payments and External Debt Division, I have been mainly responsible for balance of payments and external sector analysis and forecasting. I have also been involved in issues regarding balance of payments statistics methodology, especially in the view of adopting the guidelines of Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual (6th edition). Both directions of my job involve intensive interaction with other departments of the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic as well as with the government, international organizations and commercial banks.
2. What led you to study in Japan, and what motivated you to apply for the JISPA?
Having been a part of the National Bank’s team for about 6 years, I realized that I do need extra knowledge and new skills to make progress in my professional career. The JISPA was an excellent choice: administered by the IMF, it is known for its strict selection of scholars and strong graduate programs focusing on macroeconomics, run by excellent partnership universities in Japan. And definitely, the best evidence of the program’s success is the progress of its alumni: the experience of some of my senior colleagues who graduated from the JISPA was my main motivation to apply for the program.
Additionally, I was really interested in studying and living in Japan, a unique country presenting a mixture of an ancient culture and traditions with an inspiring experience of the economic miracle and the most contemporary technologies.
3. What are you studying? (What have you been studying?)
The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) provides a Macroeconomic Policy Program for JISPA scholars. During the fall semester I have studied essential courses like Macroeconomics, Microeconomics and Econometrics. In addition, I chose classes of particular interest to me: monetary economics, accounting and financial management, and statistics. Now I am taking International Finance and Government and Market courses. I am also taking a very interesting course devoted to development issues of East-Asian economies.
4. Please tell us of one experience in Japan that made you feel happy, sad, surprised, or moved.
During the last eight months in Japan. I have had many positive experiences. Here I have met many people coming from different cultures, and have gained experience from them which I value as lessons learnt. I remember a young Japanese girl I met near Roppongi Station a few months ago. It was raining heavily. Even though she had no coat on, and I had my windbreaker on, she kindly offered me her umbrella. I was really touched by her kindness.
5. Please describe your experience and/or impression of the JISPA (such as the Orientation Program, seminars, and meetings with IMF/OAP economists).
In my opinion, the Orientation Program is one of the best parts of the JISPA. Participating in the program greatly helped my preparedness for graduate studies. I had a chance to improve my knowledge in mathematics, econometrics and economics, and I really enjoyed the English and Japanese language classes. I would like to make a special mention of the Oral Communication Skills classes taught by Professor Mohammed Ahmed, where I had the most exciting experience of making individual presentations.
In addition, the Orientation Program gave me a chance to make friends from all over the world and enjoy Japanese countrysides’ beauty and tranquility.
6. How would you like to utilize the knowledge and skills obtained through your studies under the JISPA in your future work?
Applying to JISPA, I intended to deepen my knowledge in macroeconomics and to improve my computational and analytical skills. At the moment, I am the only in the middle of my studies, but I have already benefited a great deal. After graduation, I hope to be useful as a member of the National Bank’s team and to contribute to my country’s development.
7. What is your future career vision and dream?
I believe that a country develops when every member of the society is doing his own job well. My professional dream is to be fully competent and confident at any job I do.
8. Do you have any message to Japan?
I would like to thank the Japanese government and people for the opportunity to study and live in Japan, as well as for the hospitality and unique chance to experience Japanese culture. I hope Japan continues to prosper further and to live in peace.
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