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At a Glance 

  • Established in Bangkok in September 2012, originally as the IMF Technical Assistance Office for Lao P.D.R. and Myanmar (TAOLAM).
  • Main beneficiaries: The core beneficiary countries are Myanmar, Lao P.D.R., Cambodia and Vietnam. Select capacity development projects based in CDOT also cover other countries in Southeast Asia and in the Pacific Island region.
  • External donors: Thailand and Japan. The Bank of Thailand hosts the CDOT Office. The Japan Administered Account for Selected IMF Activities (JSA) supports project activity in public financial management, monetary and foreign exchange operations, government finance statistics, external sector statistics, and macroeconomic management.
  • Capacity development is delivered to the beneficiary countries by a group of regional advisors, working closely with and supported by IMF functional departments, TA missions and training providers, and resident advisors and short-term experts. These advisors also collaborate with regional development partners.
  • Regional collaboration: CDOT also works in tandem with other IMF offices in the region involved in capacity development, including the IMF-Singapore Regional Training Institute , South Asia Training and Technical Assistance Center, and Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Tokyo.

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Office Activities

Statement on Fifth Meeting of the Advisory Committee of the IMF Capacity Development Office in Thailand (CDOT)

March 15, 2019

The Fifth Advisory Committee Meeting of the IMF Capacity Development Office in Thailand (CDOT), which convened in Hanoi and was hosted by the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) on March 15, 2019, highlighted efforts made by CDOT to support regional economic reforms, mainly in Cambodia, Lao P.D.R., Myanmar, and Vietnam (CLMV). Meeting discussions centered on the effectiveness of technical assistance (TA) and training being provided by CDOT in strengthening macroeconomic statistics, operational tools, and policy frameworks to better ensuring countries’ capacity to maintain a stable macroeconomic environment, supportive growth conditions, and manageable debt levels. Read more.

 

Statement on the IMF’s Capacity Development Office in Thailand (CDOT)

September 11, 2018

Effective September 10, 2018, the IMF’s Technical Assistance Office for the Lao P.D.R. and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (TAOLAM) located in Bangkok was renamed to the IMF Capacity Development Office in Thailand (CDOT). The name change reflects the complementary role that training plays with technical assistance, as the two pillars of capacity development at the IMF. As in recent years, CDOT will continue to focus on providing technical assistance and training to Lao P.D.R. and Myanmar, as well as Cambodia and Vietnam, as its core beneficiary countries. The principal objective of CDOT will remain to strengthen capacity in macroeconomic management and statistics in support of countries’ reform priorities. CDOT’s activities are made possible through direct financial support from the Government of Japan and an in-kind contribution from the Bank of Thailand.


Statement on Fourth Meeting of the Advisory Committee for the Technical Assistance Office in Thailand

February 2, 2018 

TAOLAM’s Advisory Committee Meeting highlighted these developments at its annual meeting on January 18, 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. Read More.


Statement on Third Meeting of the Advisory Committee for the Technical Assistance Office in Thailand

December 9, 2016 

TAOLAM’s Advisory Committee met at its annual meeting on December 8, 2016 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Read more.


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. 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

Regional Economic Outlook, Asia and Pacific, October 2019

October 23, 2019

Headwinds from prolonged global policy uncertainty, distortionary trade measures, and growth deceleration in the economies of important trading partners are influencing economic growth in Asia and the Pacific. Although the region is still the world’s fastest growing major region, contributing more than two-thirds to global growth, near-term prospects have deteriorated noticeably since the April 2019 World Economic Outlook, with risks skewed to the downside.

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