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JVI Newsletter April 2019  
In this Newsletter, you will find articles on recent events at the JVI including, among others, a high-level conference on FinTech, a talk by the incoming OeNB Governor Robert Holzmann, a seminar for Members of Parliament on how to fight corruption, and the traditional IMF peer-to-peer workshop on monetary policy for central bankers from the Caucasus and Central Asia, this time joined by colleagues from Moldova and Mongolia. We have some new faces at the JVI, including Mr. Pekka Ruuhonen, an IMF long-term expert on tax issues working on the Western Balkans, Ms. Valeriia Kravets, Front Desk/Program Officer, and Mr. Thomas Hauser, IT Officer.

As noted in the January JVI Newsletter, I would like to call your attention to two new courses at the JVI conducted with the European Central Bank: one on the management and resolution of non-performing loans and one on real estate analysis and policies. Please do apply if you find these topics to be of use and interest.

Our goal with these Newsletters is to bring together stories and news from the JVI in one place on a quarterly basis. Among other things, we highlight upcoming deadlines for application to JVI courses. We are naturally very interested in feedback on the content of the Newsletter, and on the activities of the JVI more generally. Please do share your views with us at jvi@jvi.org. Thanks are due to contributors, and to Adam Gersl, Simone Schelling, and Christoph Daniel for pulling the Newsletter together. We look forward to seeing many of you here at the JVI during the coming months! 

Thomas Richardson, Director

JVI Hosts High-Level Workshop for Central Bankers from CCA, Moldova and Mongolia
The JVI hosted the sixth IMF-JVI-Swiss National Bank (SNB) Peer-to-Peer Central Bank Practitioners Workshop February 27–March 1, 2019, for officials from the Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA), Moldova, and Mongolia. Workshop participants discussed the challenges they...
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Members of Parliament from the JVI Region Discuss How to Fight Corruption
During April 1-2, 2019, the IMF Communication Department organized a seminar for Members of Parliament (MPs) from selected countries of Eastern and Southeastern Europe titled Taking Anti-Corruption Efforts to the Next Level. Seminars for parliamentarians from the JVI...
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The Role of Independent Fiscal Institutions in Fiscal Frameworks: The Dutch Case
What is the role of an independent fiscal institution in a budgetary framework? How can fiscal councils help assess the budgetary implications of political programs? And how did the Netherlands cope with “Dutch disease”? In a public JVI lecture on February 22, 2019,...
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Conference: Balancing Fintech Opportunities and Risks
What is the Bali Fintech Agenda? Do technological innovations facilitate access to financial services? And what risks do they carry, particularly for financial stability? On January 28-29, 2019, the IMF, in cooperation with the JVI, the Austrian central bank (OeNB),...
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Strengthening Infrastructure Governance — From Aspiration to Action
On January 25, 2019, the JVI hosted a public lecture by Gerd Schwartz, deputy director of the IMF Fiscal Affairs Department, on “Strengthening Infrastructure Governance — From Aspiration to Action.” Acknowledging the massive economic and social infrastructure needs...
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The Taxation of Pensions: Issues, Concepts and International Experiences
On January 17, the Joint Vienna Institute hosted a public discussion of “Taxation of Pensions: Issues, Concepts, and International Experiences” by Professors Robert Holzmann from the Austrian Academy of Sciences and Bernd Genser from the University of Constance in...
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New Face at JVI: Pekka Ruuhonen
Pekka Ruuhonen is the IMF Regional Revenue Administration Advisor for Western Balkans based at the JVI as of April 1, 2019. He is a former Director General of the Finnish Tax Administration and has played a key role in reforming the FTA, including the IT platform and...
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New Staff Member: Valeriia Kravets
Valeriia joined the JVI in March 2019 as Receptionist/Program Officer. She previously worked in Kyiv in the compliance team of GSK Consumer Healthcare, an international organization based in Great Britain, where her main duties consisted in implementing compliance...
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New Staff Member: Thomas Hauser
Thomas Hauser joined the Joint Vienna Institute as an IT Officer in January 2019. After obtaining his IT diploma in Vienna, Austria, he started his professional career as an employee for various Austrian companies in the cultural, financial and social services sectors....
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Monetary Policy Communication

Macroeconomic Diagnostics 

Structural Reforms 


Financial Soundness Indicators 

Monetary and Fiscal Policy Analysis with DSGE Models 

Integration in Europe: European Union and Eurasian Economic Union 

Foreign Direct Investment Policies 

Fiscal Policy Analysis

Financial Sector Policies

Financial Programming and Policies

Non-performing loans


Investment and Investment Finance: Guiding Principles and EIB Group Expertise

Public-Private Partnerships

Macrofinancial Stability in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe

Managing Capital Flows: Macroeconomic Analysis and Policies


Cash Circulation and Payment Systems in Austria

Tools and Policies for Inclusive Growth

Interaction of Monetary and Financial Stability Policies

Financial Translation and Editing: New Skills for New Challenges

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