Event Report  International Exchange

CIGS・IMF Seminar:"Economic Outlook of Central Asian Countries -- economic situation in view of recent developments in energy prices"

October 11, 2012, 10:30 - 11:30
Venue: CIGS Meeting Room 3

Presentation by Mr. Masood AhmedPDF:626KB

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(Mr. Daisuke Kotegawa, Mr. Masood Ahmed from the left)

Seminar's outline
Title: "Economic Outlook of Central Asian Countries (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Georgia, Armania, Azerbaijan) -- economic situation in view of recent developments in energy prices"
Presenter: Mr. Masood Ahmed
      Director of Middle East and Central Asia Department, IMF
Moderator: Mr. Daisuke Kotegawa, CIGS Research Director

Seminar's main points
Director of IMF department in charge of Central Asia region, from which import of energy resources of Japan has increased substantially of late, explained recent economic developments in the region and answered to questions of participants in an informal, candid manner.

Presenter's profile

Masood Ahmed has been Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department since November 1, 2008. He obtained his graduate and post-graduate degrees in Economics from the London School of Economics, where he also served on the economics faculty. He was born and brought up in Pakistan.

Before taking up this position, Mr. Ahmed was the Director of the External Relations Department in the IMF since May 1, 2006. Between 2003-06, Mr. Ahmed served as Director General for Policy and International Development at the UK Government's Department for International Development (DFID). Between 2000-03, Mr. Ahmed was Deputy Director in the IMF's Policy Development and Review Department. In this role, he served as the senior staff focal point for taking forward the IMF's policy work in support of low income member countries and its relationship with the World Bank and other development agencies. Between 1979 and 2000, Mr. Ahmed held a number of positions in the World Bank. He worked for about 10 years on country programs and projects in different regions and, for a further 10 years, on international economic policy relating to debt, aid effectiveness, trade and global economic prospects. As Vice President for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, Mr. Ahmed was the senior World Bank manager responsible for the development of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper approach as well as the HIPC Debt Initiative.

He also served concurrently for a year as Acting Vice President for Private Sector Development and Infrastructure.