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.
  • Commenced covering Cambodia and Vietnam in mid 2015 under TAOLAM’s macroeconomic management project and in early 2016 under its external sector statistics project.
  • Two external donors: Thailand and Japan.
  • The Bank of Thailand hosts the TA Office.
  • Five resident advisors in public financial management, monetary operations, government finance statistics, external statistics, and macroeconomics are financed under projects are 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

Growth in the Asia-Pacific economies is expected to decelerate slightly to about 5.3 percent during 2016–17, according to the latest Regional Economic Outlook for Asia and Pacific, published on May 3, 2016. While Asia remains the engine of the global economy, the moderation in regional growth reflects the sluggish global recovery and slowing global trade. As external demand remains relatively subdued and global financial conditions have started to tighten, domestic demand is expected to be a major driver of activity across most of the region. The report finds that policy settings are appropriate across most of the region, but implementing structural reforms is critical to bolstering potential growth and reducing potential vulnerabilities. The report also covers China’s spillovers to Asia, implications of China’s rebalancing for trade, and inequality in the region.

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