I hope this message finds you safe and well. During the last few months, the world has become a smaller place as countries around the globe face similar challenges and needs for mutual support.  As the IMF Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva, noted in a recent speech: “Exceptional times require exceptional actions” to save lives, protect livelihoods, and prepare for the recovery. Continued knowledge sharing and dialogue with experts has become an important ingredient in this process. I am pleased to announce that the IMF – Singapore Regional Training Institute (STI) is launching new training modalities attuned to challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

We offer access to latest IMF research and analysis related to COVID-19 economic challenges through:

  • COVID-19 IMF Expert Webinars. These events report on international experience and best practice while giving direct access to experts. Since March 2020, the IMF has issued over 40 IMF experts notes in a new Special Series on COVID 19. These pieces offer practical advice on macroeconomic analysis, fiscal and monetary policy, financial regulation and risks, statistics, and other matters. Authors will discuss their findings and engage through Q and A sessions with the audience.

Starting July we will launch a new virtual training modality:

  • STI Remote Training. These are in-person courses and workshops adapted for remote delivery. They are based on our core curriculum and include COVID-19 relevant material. The program is geared to officials with basic and advanced training needs. Modes of delivery range from short thematic training series with hands-on exercises to multi-week part-time training for in-depth study. These trainings will make use of latest research, existing IMF lectures and online course material and will be accessible to officials across Asia.

All STI training will continue to be “live” and include applied workshop sessions–a hallmark of our training program. In the coming days and weeks, we will share more information on upcoming events and training opportunities which will also be posted on the STI website.

Let me conclude by saying that while we are excited to launch these new avenues of training, remote courses cannot replace the human interactions and peer learning that has been part of the IMF experience. We are firmly committed to resuming in-person training and workshops as soon as conditions allow.

Finally, please allow me to thank our partners, the Governments of Singapore, Japan, and Australia which have expressed their continued support as we enter a new chapter on the IMF’s work on capacity development.

Stephan Danninger
IMF – Singapore Regional Training Institute (STI)