The IMF's Technical Assistance Office for the Lao PDR and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (TAOLAM) provides technical assistance (TA) and training to Lao PDR and Myanmar, as well as to Cambodia 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.

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At a Glance 

  • Opened in Bangkok, Thailand in September 2012, initially covering Lao PDR and Myanmar.
  • Now also covers Cambodia and Vietnam on a project-by-project basis.
  • Two external donors: Thailand and Japan.
  • The Bank of Thailand hosts the TA Office.
  • Resident advisors in macroeconomic management, public financial management, monetary operations, government finance statistics, and external sector statistics are financed under projects supported by the Japan Administered Account for Selected IMF Activities (JSA).
  • TAOLAM works closely 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

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

Asia and Pacific Regional Economic Outlook

Following robust growth in the first half of 2016, the near-term outlook for Asia remains strong. Accommodative policies and a recent easing of financial conditions will underpin domestic demand, offsetting weak export growth. GDP growth is forecast to be broadly stable at 5.4 percent in 2016 and 5.3 percent in 2017. Asia continues to face downside risks amid headwinds that can significantly impact medium-term growth prospects.

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