JVI Alumni Quotes

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.

Milica Arnaudova Stojanovska

June 10, 2021

We definitely recommend this seminar - these were the words of my colleagues who participated in the virtual course on Bank Restructuring and Resolution last year. I applied for this year’s seminar and had the privilege to be a part of it. This course had everything I expected – nice balance of lectures and exercises; regulatory and practical aspects of effective resolution regime; various aspects of problem bank supervision and resolution along with crisis management challenges.  I found my participation in this virtual course valuable as I am directly involved in the ongoing central bank activities for further strengthening of the financial sector safety net and enhancements of the existing bank resolution framework. I warmly thank the hosts for the excellent organization of this online training and the speakers for the clearly delivered and up-to-date presentations. Milica Arnaudova Stojanovska, National bank of the Republic of North Macedonia, Virtual Course on Bank Restructuring and Resolution. Milica Arnaudova Stojanovska, National Bank of North Macedonia. Virtual Course on Bank Restructuring and Resolution, May 10-14, 2021.

Fidan Mamedova

May 26, 2021

I thoroughly enjoyed the JVI virtual course and gained considerable insight on various core concepts. A more systematic approach for the options to decrease the deficit in pension spending, implementation of special schemes for taxpayers and introduction of different ways to digitalize the system have equipped me with in-depth knowledge. The suggestions and assessments about noncontributory schemes in the field of pensions and social insurance were very vital. Especially the case study gave a great opportunity to provide substantial ideas and creative solutions made it possible to learn detailed and essential international experience by sharing best practices. This course gave an opportunity to generate ideas for more effective strategies and techniques for the development of the field of social insurance, taxation and employment. I highly recommend this course and would encourage anyone working in this field to enroll.  Fidan Mamedova, Ministry of Labor and Social Security of Azerbaijan. Virtual Course on Social Insurance, Taxation and Employment, April 26-30, 2021.

Jacek Białek

May 26, 2021

The virtual course on Social Insurance Taxation and Employment proved very helpful in strengthening my understanding of the functioning of labor markets in the context of the different organizational frameworks of social insurance and taxation regimes. The well-structured presentations and vivid discussions accompanying them, allowed for in-depth analysis of the challenges faced by the labor markets not only in the aftermath of the shock caused by the COVID-19 pandemic but also due to long-term demographic changes. The participants were effectively encouraged to express their opinions on the matters discussed, while the case study, administered towards the end of the course, allowed to synthesize the technical knowledge, presented throughout the entire week, in the framework of the policy debate. Jacek Białek, Ministry of Finance, Funds and Regional Policy of Poland. Virtual Course on Social Insurance, Taxation and Employment, April 26-30, 2021.

Yuliia Sokolovska

May 26, 2021

Course harmony combines complex lectures with practical cases from different countries, trends, changes in policies and programs caused by Covid-19 with well-moderated discussions. It motivates to think broader, to see and analyze combination of tax policy and interlinkages between labor policy and social insurance, moral hazards, unintended consequences. It also focuses on re-building trust to institutions and policies. I highly recommend this course. Yuliia Sokolovska, minister of Social Policy of Ukraine, virtual course on Social Insurance, Taxation and Employment (April 26-30, 2021)

Sevara Atabaeva

May 19, 2021

I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who was involved in preparation and execution of the Virtual Course on “Public Governance and Structural Reforms” for high-quality organization and selection of very interesting and relevant topics. We were pleased with professionals who not only made presentations, but also interacted with participants via discussions, polls, and provided a lot of information on international ratings and indices, which is my direct specialty. I can definitely recommend this course to policy makers and look forward to future JVI courses given the opportunity. Sevara Atabaeva, Ministry of Finance, Uzbekistan, Virtual Course on Public Governance and Structural Reforms, May 3-14, 2021

Sara Guliyeva

May 03, 2021

The training ensured better insight into how to describe a country’s fiscal framework as the set of institutions to enhance fiscal policy effectiveness by being able to assess the quality of available data and country-specific characteristics. It contributed to formulating practical guidance on designing fiscal rules for specific national problems, applying macrofiscal tools to monitor fiscal performance, and building a medium-term budget framework The JVI offers opportunity to exchange experiences among countries that would eventually lead to valuable implementation of them.  Sara Guliyeva, Ministry of Finance, Azerbaijan, Virtual Course on Fiscal Frameworks, March 29-April 9, 2021

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