PRI Topics(May, 2019)

(Provisional Translation)

International Exchanges in May

May 27 (Monday) – 30 (Thursday): Business Trip for Interim Assessment of Myanmar’s SME Finance Phase 2 Support

The Policy Research Institute (PRI) has been conducting technical cooperation on SME Finance for the Myanma Economic Bank (MEB) in conjunction with the Japan Finance Corporation, Micro Business and Individual Unit (JFC-Micro). Recently, the PRI’s delegate made a business trip to conduct the interim assessment of the project’s phase 2 support. As part of this mission, the delegate held a meeting with MEB.

Thr photo of Meeting with Mr. ASHRAFKHANOV Bakhrom, Deputy Minister of Finance
Meeting with MEB

Lunch Meeting

From the perspective of contributing to policy making at the Ministry of Finance, the PRI invites a broad range of experts from in and outside the organization to give lectures so that we can obtain the latest information.

The following lecture was held in May.

May 9 (Thursday)
Title :
Lecturer :
Past, Present and Future of HTA* *HTA: Health Technology Assessment
IGARASHI Ataru, Associate Professor, Yokohama City University School of Medicine; and Visiting Associate Professor, the Department of Drug Policy and Management, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Tokyo
The photo Mr. HOKARI Hirohisa

Top Seminar for Staff

As part of the training of executive personnel, PRI holds Top Seminars for Staff, where lecturers active in various fields are invited to speak. The following seminars were held in May.

May 27 (Monday)
Title :
Lecturer :
Amazon as the World’s Most Advanced Strategy Maker
NARUKE Makoto, Publisher of the book review site HONZ. JP
The Poto Mr.NARUKE Makoto
Mr. NARUKE Makoto
May 31 (Friday)
Title :
Lecturer :
Basics of Internal Governance and Roles of Officials in light of Recent Misconduct
HATTA Shinji, Emeritus Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University
The Poto Mr.HATTA Shinji
Mr. HATTA Shinji

Publication in May

DP (Discussion Paper)
Sorting Out the Issues of RPA and Clerical Work Improvement Activities(PDF:615KB)

Visiting Scholar, PRI
UMEDA Hiroshi,
Lecturer, Faculty of Economics, Takasaki City University of Economics
 Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has been trumpeted in recent years. Accordingly, this paper overviews the outline of RPA and the like; makes comparisons between RPA and clerical work improvement activities; and draws some policy implications in the case where RPA is introduced into public administration.
Sorting Out the Issues of Calculating the Economic Efficiency of Projects and the Like(PDF:1041KB)

Visiting Scholar, PRI
UMEDA Hiroshi,
Lecturer, Faculty of Economics, Takasaki City University of Economics
 In calculating the economic efficiency of projects and the like that include capital investment, there are various calculation methods, and they are actually applied to public administration. Accordingly, this paper discusses the methodology of economic efficiency such as the NPV (net present value) method by overviewing the application status in enterprises from a bird's-eye view and somewhat examining the application to public administration.
Sorting Out the Issues of Useful Life(PDF:433KB)

Visiting Scholar, PRI
UMEDA Hiroshi,
Lecturer, Faculty of Economics, Takasaki City University of Economics
 In the field of public administration, dilapidated infrastructure assets and the like have become an issue, often leading to arguments on the useful life. Accordingly, this paper sorts out the issues of the useful life of depreciable assets and preliminarily examines the useful life of fixed assets in the field of public administration.
Global Imbalances and the IMF’s External Balance Assessment (EBA) Model(PDF:1225KB)

UEDA Kenichi,
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Faculty of Economics, The University of Tokyo
HATTORI Takahiro,
Researcher, Policy Research Institute
 The IMF conducts quantitative assessments of so-called global imbalances such as the skewed distribution on current balances and excessive exchange rates. Assuming that practitioners who don’t necessarily have an economics background will be its readers, this paper explains the details of the EBA model, which the IMF uses for the assessment of global imbalances, and clarifies academic studies on global imbalances. In addition, it also explains about the assessments on Japan in recent years.


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