Asia continues to be the most dynamic region of the global economy. But global trends and regional transitions are creating new challenges for the region. These challenges underscore the continuing need for capacity development to help policymakers adapt to a more uncertain external environment. At the STI, we aim to help countries in the Asia-Pacific region enhance their economic analysis and policymaking capabilities through our extensive program of courses, workshops, and seminars.

STI’s fourth triennial Directors of Training meeting, held in February 2016, provided an opportunity for Training Directors from key agencies in Asia-Pacific countries to discuss their evolving training needs. With global growth set to remain subdued and with China’s economic rebalancing underway, maintaining robust economic performance without the build-up of vulnerabilities is becoming more challenging for countries in the region. Topics like inclusive growth, vulnerability diagnostics, macroeconomic and the financial sector linkages, and financial inclusion are therefore generating increased interest. Many countries also have new cadres of staff who require training on the building blocks of macroeconomic analysis and policy design. And several countries are seeking tailored training to help assess economic developments, vulnerabilities, and policies. Low-income countries continue to benefit from more fundamental training to build capacity in the core areas of monetary, fiscal, and financial policies, and the STI works closely with the IMF Technical Assistance Office for Lao PDR and Myanmar (TAOLAM) to provide customized courses to officials from these countries. The Asia-Pacific region’s broader training needs are also being addressed through online courses, which can reach large audiences and can be accessed at http://www.imf.org/external/np/ins/english/learning.htm.

I am proud to introduce the IMF’s new external training curriculum which aims to meet the region’s evolving training needs. Drawing on the new curriculum, the STI has designed a training program for 2017 that adds new courses and topics to our previous offerings. This program, with its wide range of economic and financial courses, should enhance our ability to meet countries’ capacity development needs. Indeed, the STI plans to offer 33 courses (58 weeks of training) of which 26 will be held in Singapore and 7 outside. The courses, seminars, and workshops that will be held in Singapore are presented in this brochure. During the year, additional courses may be scheduled and announcements can be found on our website www.imfsti.org.

The STI is deeply committed to its capacity development role in Asia, and we are extremely grateful to Singapore, Japan, and Australia for their generous and continuing support of the STI.

My colleagues and I look forward to welcoming you to Singapore.

Stephan Danninger
Director
IMF – Singapore Regional Training Institute (STI)