JVI Alumni Quotes

Edik Harutyunyan

September 13, 2021

The course on FDI Policies covered a positively immeasurable amount of things from basics to advanced analysis. It was my great pleasure to be part of this course, which enhanced my knowledge of diverse aspects of FDI. There was a lot to learn both from the proficient lectures and the experiences of peer participants. Currently, when the consequences of Covid19 remain actual, the course provides evidence-based perspectives on how FDI policies/attraction should be further dealt with. I believe it will enable me to act more efficiently as an employee of Armenia's national IPA. Edik Harutyunyan, "Investment Support Center" Foundation, Armenia. Virtual Course on Foreign Direct Investment Policies, August 30-September 10, 2021.

Quji Bichia

September 01, 2021

This is a great summary course of theory, up-to-date best practices and recommendations on compiling various price statistics indexes. Extensive discussion on nitty-gritty details makes the course worthwhile even for experienced specialists. Quji Bichia, National Statistics Office of Georgia. Virtual Course on Price Statistics, August 2-13, 2021.

Dragan Jovic

August 13, 2021

The Local Currency Bond Market virtual course was very good but also very intensive course. The lectures delivered the best possible mixture between best practice and theory, with a lot of examples. I can recommend this course to all my colleges from emerging and frontier markets. Dragan Jovic, Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Virtual Course on Local Currency Bond Market Development, June 21-25, 2021.

Ieva Opmane

August 03, 2021

The virtual course on Fiscal Sustainability enhanced my understanding of fiscal developments and different channels that could impact countries long term debt stability.  The course introduced participants with a practical analysis tool that can be used for evaluating debt sustainability and different debt development scenarios. In a group work we had a chance to practice this analysis for the country of one of our group members. I still have some homework to do - to apply this tool for my own country. I am eager to do so to have a stronger base for debt sustainability discussions as this is a hot topic in fiscal analysis.  I was impressed how efficient a virtual course can be, and in case on site courses are not available I sincerely recommend applying to virtual ones. I missed visiting Vienna, but it was great to get new knowledge and expertise from the place I am at, and even there were no face-to-face meetings, enough time was planned for group work, discussions, and interaction with counselors.  Ieva Opmane, Bank of Latvia. Virtual course on Fiscal Sustainability, July 19-30, 2021.

Tamar Kvantaliani

July 19, 2021

The virtual course on Local Currency Bond Market Development covered and discussed all the key components for assessing the stages of development for countries' local markets. Sharing country cases by participants during the workshop sessions was especially useful. Participants could realize main challenges of their own local market and make policy considerations. I highly recommend this course. Tamar Kvantaliani, Ministry of Finance, Georgia. Virtual Course on Local Currency Bond Market Development, June 21-25, 2021.

Maja Sabol

July 05, 2021

The virtual course was an excellent opportunity that introduced us to wide range of aspects and policy tools related to financial stability of central banks. I found different practical workshops and discussions extremely useful to better understand key aspects of stress testing. Moreover, I benefited from participants' involvement vis-à-vis climate change implications, which are a vital part of macroprudential policy analysis moving forward. Their different viewpoints enriched my perspective. Maja Sabol, Croatian National Bank. Virtual Course on Financial Stability Policy of Central Banks, May 31-June 4, 2021.

Nikos Ventouris

June 29, 2021

I had the opportunity to attend the JVI virtual course on Monetary and Fiscal Policy Analysis with DSGE Models on May 2021. The course significantly added to my understanding of the New Keynesian models and the methodological framework commonly used by policy makers in analyzing monetary and fiscal issues. Overall, the lectures focused on analyzing the intuition of the NK model and the various extensions to the baseline framework, providing a thorough explanation of the transmission mechanism of various economic policy shocks. The Dynare-based workshops provided a step-wise approach on how to construct and estimate DSGE models and how to interpret the results of the various case studies, following the high-standards of the IMF’s Institute for Capacity Development. The hands-on practical exercises illustrated how these models are applied and how they can contribute to the policymaking process. The lectures were highly interactive, and the instructors and JVI staff were very helpful to provide guidance on any technical or coding issue related to the workshops. Many thanks to the whole team for the excellent organization of the course.  Nikos Ventouris, Bank of Greece. Virtual Course on Monetary and Fiscal Policy Analysis with DSGE Models, May 24-June 04, 2021.

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