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Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Asia

Hitotsubashi University-OAP Joint Seminar on “Advances and Challenges in Regional Integration”, Tokyo, March 3-4, 2016

Vol 12. May 2016

This JISPA newsletter 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.

The 12th newsletter is a combined issue for March and June. It features an alumni interview with Mr. Bambang Pramono, Bank Indonesia, who participated in the Japan-IMF Macroeconomic Seminar for Asia (JIMS) held in February 2016. Ms. Asel Myrzataevna Sultanalieva, the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic, is also interviewed as a current scholar. The "JISPA Today" introduces JISPA activities during December 2015-May 2016.

JISPA Activities

JISPA Seminars: OAP organized the following seminar exclusively for the JISPA scholars.
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Alumni News

JISPA offered a unique opportunity to broaden my understanding and knowledge of developing and implementing economic policies, which are invaluable for my career at the Bank of Indonesia.

Mr. Bambang PramonoMr. Bambang Pramono is working for Bank Indonesia (a central bank of Indonesia) as Senior Economist/Senior Advisor. He studied at the International University of Japan (IUJ) as a JISPA scholars from AY2002-03 until AY2003-04.
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Current Scholar

The JISPA was an excellent choice: administered by the IMF and 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.

Ms. Asel Myrzataevna SultanalievaMs. Asel Myrzataevna Sultanalieva is studying at the one-year Macroeconomic Policy Program of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (AY2015-16). She is seconded from the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic. Since her family arrived to Japan, she has been trying to dedicate all her free time to being with them. She and her family like to explore Tokyo and suburbs, and, to learn more about local culture, people and everyday life together. Read More

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JISPA Seminar by Dr. Bandid Nijathaworn, Tokyo, December 7, 2015


Jun 23
JISPA Thesis Presentation and Farewell Reception
Jul 7
JISPA Informal Discussion Session with the IMF India Team
Jul 11
Orientation Program begins
Aug 11
JISPA Seminar: "Playing by the Rules: Reforming Fiscal Governance in Europe"
Aug 31
OAP Staff Visit to the Orientation Program
Sep 15
Completion of the Orientation Program
JISPA Alumni Gatherings (TBD)

Oct 28
JISPA Seminar (TBD) and Farewell Reception

Funded by the Government of Japan and Administered by the IMF Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific