As part of the JVI’s outreach, the Director of the JVI, Hervé Joly, and the Deputy Director, Patrick Imam, visited Bratislava on July 21. In their first country visit since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, they held discussions with the Ministry of Finance and National Bank of Slovakia (NBS), including the Deputy Governor Ľudovít Ódor.
Both institutions highlighted the importance of the JVI to help train their staff and highlighted their overall satisfaction with JVI courses. They praised the JVI’s successful switch from in-person to virtual training delivery during the pandemic, but also welcomed the recent return to classroom delivery.
A topic of discussion was the kind of support the JVI can still provide to the more advanced countries in the JVI region, like Slovakia, as well as on strengthening cooperation further. The NBS has moved from being a recipient of technical assistance to becoming a provider of it and presented its recent strategy in this area. Discussions focused on developing a collaborative relationship in areas in which the NBS has deep expertise, such as designing and implementing macroprudential instruments. The visit is expected to lead to a new 3-day collaborative course on macroprudential issues in 2023.
We want to thank again very much the Slovak authorities for their excellent welcome and productive discussions.