The Policy Research Institute (PRI) held the FY2017 Seminar for Central Asian and Caucasian Countries in Tokyo dated from August 4 to August 31, 2017.
The seminar is, as part of Japan’s intellectual support to countries with economics in transition, to aim to contribute to human resource development in Central Asian and Caucasian countries by accepting young executive candidates and professionals dispatched from their ministry of finance, tax authorities and so on, and providing them with Japan’s fiscal and economic acknowledge and experience during the one-month-long seminar.
This year, the PRI accepted a total of 20 participants from 7 countries, consisting 10 participants from the Banking and Finance Academy of the republic of Uzbekistan (BFA), and 10 participants from other countries including the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. The seminar offered great opportunities for participants to learn the broad knowledge through the lectures, preparing policy papers and engaging in active discussions.
The outline of the seminar is as follows.
In order to transfer Japanese policies and experiences in economic activities related to fiscal and tax policies, policy lectures were given by officials from the Ministry of Finance and relevant organizations, also academic scholars and experts in economics and finance. In addition, for the purpose of deepening participants’ understanding of Japan, general lectures on Japanese culture, history as well as societies was also given by academic scholars and experts in relevant fields.
The seminar participants visited Japan's fiscal and financial organizations, such as Bank of Japan, the Diet, Tokyo Ueno Tax Office, Tokyo Stock Exchange, Japan Mint and so on, in order to better understand Japanese economic and social conditions.
Each of participants was required to present and discuss on economic trends and issues of their respective country. Such presentation of country reports enabled participants to foster a full exchange of views among the participant’s countries and deepen their mutual understanding.
Under the guidance of researchers and experts from various field, and using as reference the contents learned from the lectures, participants completed their policy papers related to the issues of their own countries are facing in the area of finance, taxation, international economics etc. (see the below). The presentations of policy papers were given by each participant in the last two days of the seminar.