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At a Glance 

  • Established in Bangkok in September 2012, originally as the IMF Technical Assistance Office for Lao P.D.R. and Myanmar (TAOLAM).
  • Main beneficiaries: The core beneficiary countries are Myanmar, Lao P.D.R., Cambodia and Vietnam. Select capacity development projects based in CDOT also cover other countries in Southeast Asia and in the Pacific Island region.
  • External donors: Thailand and Japan. The Bank of Thailand hosts the CDOT Office. The Japan Administered Account for Selected IMF Activities (JSA) supports project activity in public financial management, monetary and foreign exchange operations, government finance statistics, external sector statistics, and macroeconomic management.
  • Capacity development is delivered to the beneficiary countries by a group of regional advisors, working closely with and supported by IMF functional departments, TA missions and training providers, and resident advisors and short-term experts. These advisors also collaborate with regional development partners.
  • Regional collaboration: CDOT also works in tandem with other IMF offices in the region involved in capacity development, including the IMF-Singapore Regional Training Institute , South Asia Training and Technical Assistance Center, and Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Tokyo.

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Office Activities

Statement on Eighth Meeting of the Advisory Committee of the IMF Capacity Development Office in Thailand (CDOT)

June 29, 2022

The Eighth Advisory Committee Meeting of the IMF Capacity Development Office in Thailand (CDOT) highlighted recent results by participating countries and work priorities for the year ahead in support of economic reform agendas, mainly in Cambodia, Lao P.D.R., and Vietnam (CLV). The meeting was conducted virtually again this year owing to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting was attended by representatives of central banks and ministries of finance from CLV and observers from other countries and agencies benefitting from CDOT support. Development partners (the Government of Japan and the Bank of Thailand) also participated. Read more.

Statement on Seventh Meeting of the Advisory Committee of the IMF Capacity Development Office in Thailand (CDOT)

July 26, 2021

The Seventh Advisory Committee Meeting of the IMF Capacity Development Office in Thailand (CDOT) was conducted virtually owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. It discussed the impact of the pandemic on CD delivery and work priorities for the year ahead in support of the economic reform agendas mainly in Cambodia, Lao P.D.R., and Vietnam (CLV). The meeting was attended by representatives of central banks and ministries of finance from CLV and other agencies benefitting from CDOT support. Development partners (the Government of Japan and the Bank of Thailand) also participated in the meeting. Read more.

2021 Fund Challenge for Students in Economics

April 21, 2021

The IMF’s African Department (AFR), Asia and Pacific Department (APD), Institute for Capacity Development (ICD), and Middle East and Central Asia Department (MCD), in collaboration with the IMF Office of Innovation and Change (OIC), invite economics students to join the 2021 Fund Challenge.

Students currently enrolled in undergraduate degree programs in economics or a related field at an institution of higher learning in any AFR, APD or MCD member country1 are eligible to compete in the Fund Challenge. Read more about pre‐qualification requirements here and register by May 5, 2021.

 

Statement on Sixth Meeting of the Advisory Committee of the IMF Capacity Development Office in Thailand (CDOT)

July 31, 2020

The Sixth Advisory Committee Meeting of the IMF Capacity Development Office in Thailand (CDOT) highlighted recent results by participating countries and work priorities for the year ahead in support of their economic reform agendas, mainly in Cambodia, Lao P.D.R., Myanmar, and Vietnam (CLMV). The meeting, which was held by video conference, was attended by representatives from central banks and ministries of finance in the CLMV countries, development partners (Government of Japan and Bank of Thailand), and the IMF. Selected observers also joined the meeting from other public agencies benefitting from CDOT’s support. Read more.

 

Statement on Fifth Meeting of the Advisory Committee of the IMF Capacity Development Office in Thailand (CDOT)

March 15, 2019

The Fifth Advisory Committee Meeting of the IMF Capacity Development Office in Thailand (CDOT), which convened in Hanoi and was hosted by the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) on March 15, 2019, highlighted efforts made by CDOT to support regional economic reforms, mainly in Cambodia, Lao P.D.R., Myanmar, and Vietnam (CLMV). Meeting discussions centered on the effectiveness of technical assistance (TA) and training being provided by CDOT in strengthening macroeconomic statistics, operational tools, and policy frameworks to better ensuring countries’ capacity to maintain a stable macroeconomic environment, supportive growth conditions, and manageable debt levels. Read more.

 

Statement on the IMF’s Capacity Development Office in Thailand (CDOT)

September 11, 2018

Effective September 10, 2018, the IMF’s Technical Assistance Office for the Lao P.D.R. and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (TAOLAM) located in Bangkok was renamed to the IMF Capacity Development Office in Thailand (CDOT). The name change reflects the complementary role that training plays with technical assistance, as the two pillars of capacity development at the IMF. As in recent years, CDOT will continue to focus on providing technical assistance and training to Lao P.D.R. and Myanmar, as well as Cambodia and Vietnam, as its core beneficiary countries. The principal objective of CDOT will remain to strengthen capacity in macroeconomic management and statistics in support of countries’ reform priorities. CDOT’s activities are made possible through direct financial support from the Government of Japan and an in-kind contribution from the Bank of Thailand.


Statement on Fourth Meeting of the Advisory Committee for the Technical Assistance Office in Thailand

February 2, 2018 

TAOLAM’s Advisory Committee Meeting highlighted these developments at its annual meeting on January 18, 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. Read More.


Statement on Third Meeting of the Advisory Committee for the Technical Assistance Office in Thailand

December 9, 2016 

TAOLAM’s Advisory Committee met at its annual meeting on December 8, 2016 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Read more.


Bank of Lao PDR Hosts the Second Annual Meeting of the Advisory Committee for the IMF Technical Assistance Office for Lao PDR and Myanmar

Press Release No. 15/537, November 24, 2015

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Technical Assistance Office for the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (TAOLAM) continues to expand the breadth and reach of its activities through a range of tailor-made capacity building projects. Read More

 

IMF Technical Assistance Moves to Strengthen the Capacity of Officials in South East Asia on Macro-Financial Linkages and Diagnostics

Press Release No. 15/203, May 8, 2015

The International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s Technical Assistance Office for Lao P.D.R. and Myanmar (TAOLAM) in cooperation with the IMF’s Singapore Regional Training Institute (STI) organized a workshop from May 5-6 in Bangkok, Thailand, to help officials from Cambodia, Lao P.D.R, Myanmar and Vietnam build capacity in the areas of macro-financial linkages and diagnostics. Read More 


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Regional Economic Outlook

Regional Economic Outlook for Asia and Pacific, October 2021

October 19, 2021

The Asian outlook for 2021 has been downgraded by more than 1 percent to 6.5 percent compared with the April 2021 World Economic Outlook because of new peaks of the pandemic cycle driven by the highly contagious Delta variant. As vaccination rates accelerate, the region is expected to grow slightly faster in 2022 than anticipated earlier. Although Asia and Pacific remains the fastest growing region in the world, the divergence between Asian advanced economies and emerging market and developing economies is deepening, reflecting vaccination coverage and policy support, and medium-term output levels in emerging market and developing economies are expected to remain below pre-pandemic trends. Risks are tilted to the downside, mainly because of uncertain pandemic dynamics, vaccine efficacy against virus variants, supply chain disruptions, and potential global financial spillovers from US monetary normalization in the presence of domestic financial vulnerabilities.

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