JVI Alumni Quotes

Festa Kusari

September 27, 2022

From September 12, 2022 through September 16, 2022, I had the pleasure of attending the “Future of Taxation” course at the Joint Vienna Institute. The course was incredibly well-designed balancing lectures, country presentations and the multiple discussions to give the participants a comprehensive and practical understanding of the topics. Topics covered such as the Structure of Taxes in Emerging Market Economies enhanced my understanding of the fundamentals of tax systems across developing economies and challenges they face. In addition, through topics on Tax avoidance, Tax evasion, and Illicit financial flows I grasped the importance of having well-established tax laws and enforcement capacities, whereas the Panel Discussion on the impact of Digitalization on Taxation provided me with novel insights on the benefits and challenges pertaining tax systems and policies arising from digitalization. Overall, the course was very informative, practical, and encompassing and would highly recommend it. Lastly, I would like to express my gratitude to the Joint Vienna Institute for the opportunity to attend policy-oriented trainings. Through these effectively designed and tailored courses, I can professionally grow and develop, as the new knowledge and skills I acquire I directly apply at my workplace. Festa Kusari, Senior Fiscal Policy Analyst, Ministry of Finance, Labor, and Transfers, Government of Kosovo, Future of Taxation course, September 12-16, 2022.

Erik Khzmalyan

September 22, 2022

The participation in the FDI course unequivocally contributed to our understanding of the complex factors affecting the global investment environment. To meet the needs of all participants with different professional backgrounds, the lectures were carefully tailored to cover a wide array of topics including political risk, FDI and economic growth, investment promotion, and reform policies in developing countries. Furthermore, the course featured speakers from public and private sectors as well as international organizations to provide an all-encompassing perspective pertaining to investment trends worldwide. More importantly, the training was an ideal combination of theory and practice. The class discussions and the workshop involving real-life scenarios were designed to encourage the participants to thoroughly analyze issues impacting good governance, economic prosperity, and political stability. Erik Khzmalyan, Manager of Investment Promotion and Foreign Relations, Enterprise Armenia, Foreign Direct Investment Policies Course, September 5-9, 2022.

Magda Bolotashvili

September 13, 2022

The growth of foreign direct investments leads to the welfare of individual countries, however, determining the right policy for FDI attraction remains a constant challenge. Training course organized by JVI - FDI policy was coherent and adapted to new challenges, led to a certain results. All stakeholders, including the policy makers and implementers were involved in the training. We also had a chance to meet real investors and learned from them about all major factors that has an influence on investment decisions, as well as on the process itself, which made the course even more attractive. Magda Bolotashvili, Deputy Director General, Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Foreign Direct Investment Policies Course, September 5-9, 2022. 

Giorgi Nakashidze

September 13, 2022

The FDI policies course, held face-to-face at JVI premises in Vienna, exceeded my expectations! The course was very well-designed, lecture topics were carefully selected to suit participant needs and delivered by excellent lecturers from academia, public and private sectors. Within a short timeframe we were provided with a very thorough understanding of various aspects of FDI, with a specific emphasis on the Eastern Europe & Central Asia region. An added bonus were classroom discussions and experience sharing sessions with other participants! Giorgi Nakashidze, Head of Funds Supervision Division, Capital Markets Department, National Bank of Georgia, Foreign Direct Investment Policies Course, September 5-9, 2022.

Maria Chankova

July 26, 2022

All the topics presented and the workshops in the agenda are very relevant to my work. I appreciate the way all the important issues were referred to in the vast scope of NPLs’ regulation and the possible implications of their management on banks and their supervision, respectively. The lecturers showed superb experience and it was a pleasure to discuss with them and the other participants various practical matters arising from the interesting case studies that we had. The whole course is definitely very useful and deserves every effort on the virtual steps we made together at JVI. Maria Chankova, Chief Inspector Banking Supervision, Bulgarian National Bank: NPL Management and Resolution course, July 11-15, 2022

Sarbinaz Zharassova

July 21, 2022

The course on NPL Management and Resolution was a great opportunity to get a comprehensive overview of the situation with NPLs in CESEE countries, the EU and Asia. I highly recommend this course, because it optimally combines theoretical and practical aspects in the field of management and regulation of NPLs. The course was very intense, informative and worth-attending. I would like to express my special gratitude to the lecturers. Sarbinaz Zharassova, National Bank of Kazakhstan: NPL Management and Resolution, July 11-15, 2022

Jelena Tonic

July 06, 2022

First of all, I would like to express my gratitude for having the opportunity to participate in the "Climate Change and Green Finance" course, which was held in JVI from June 20 to June 24, 2022.It should be emphasized that the course attended was extremely well organized, with carefully selected lecturers who presented various topics in the field of green financing in an accessible and detailed manner. The lecturers were very approachable, and it was a pleasure to listen to their lectures.It is also important to point out that the topics covered in the course are well chosen and adapted to the course participants, so that they can get acquainted with various information, important facts and acquire the appropriate knowledge in the best possible way. The interactive approach and panel discussions also contributed to the exceptional quality of this course and the possibility to learn through mutual communication. Finally, without a doubt, the knowledge gained is of great importance for my future work, and once again, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to expand my knowledge as one of the participants in this excellent course. Jelena Tonic, Senior Associate for Regulations, Bank Supervision Department, National Bank of Serbia: Climate Change and Green Finance course, June 20-24, 2022

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