In 2005, the APPP began an Executive Program for Macroeconomic Policymakers of Asian governments with the funding support of the International Monetary Fund and cooperation from the Public Economics Program of the School of International and Public Policy. The Executive Program aimed to provide senior officials of Asian governments and central banks involved in macroeconomic policymaking with an opportunity to keep abreast of the latest research outcomes and academic thinking in macroeconomics and their relevance for policymaking. It gave participants in-depth perspectives on important issues affecting the Asian region and the global economy. Furthermore, the Program afforded participants opportunities for frank and open exchanges of views and experience to identify the issues of common concern in economic policymaking.
The Executive Program was held twice a year for two weeks at a time. Under this Program, the first seminar was held in December 2005. The 12th and final seminar was to have been held in April, 2011. However, due to the post-earthquake situation, the seminar was initially postponed, and due to various constraints on timing and other issues, the seminar was ultimately cancelled.
Despite the unfortunate way in which it had to be ended, we believe the seminar provided a valuable forum for policymakers in the region. We would like to thank the participants from the region over the last six years for their valuable contributions to the seminar, as well as the lecturers from academia, government and business who helped the event to be such a success.
The Asian Public Policy Program and Hitotsubashi University will continue to seek ways to support policymakers in Asia, and look forward to opportunities to engage in policy discussions in the region.