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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board completes Tenth Review under the Extended Credit Facility Arrangement for Mali and approves US$43.85 Million Disbursement

Completion of the review enables the immediate disbursement of SDR 31.65 million, bringing total disbursements under the arrangement to SDR 186.6 million

The near term macroeconomic outlook remains favorable, although there are considerable downside risks from the fragile security conditions, commodity prices changes, and weather conditions; program implementation is broadly on track. On December 10, 2018, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the Tenth Review of Mali’s performance…

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Angola Implements the International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s Enhanced General Data Dissemination System

The National Summary Data Page (NSDP) is maintained through an open data platform provided by the African Development Bank and the IMF’s Dissemination Standards Bulletin Board

Angola has implemented the recommendations of the IMF’s Enhanced General Data Dissemination System (e-GDDS) by publishing critical data through a “data hub” — National Summary Data Page (NSDP). The page aims to serve as a one-stop-shop for essential macroeconomic data on national accounts, government operations and debt, monetary and financial…

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IMF Staff Team Completes Review Mission to Togo

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Mr. Ivohasina Razafimahefa visited Lomé during October 18-31, 2018 to conduct discussions on the third review of the program supported by an Extended Credit Facility (ECF)

End-of-Mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country. The views expressed in this statement are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF’s Executive Board. Based on the preliminary findings of this…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Reaches Staff-Level Agreement on the First Review of Malawi’s Extended Credit Facility

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) team reached a staff-level agreement with the authorities of Malawi on the completion of the first review under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF), which is subject to the approval of the IMF Executive Board

The IMF team reached a staff-level agreement with the authorities of Malawi on the completion of the first review under the Extended Credit Facility; Moderate economic growth is likely to strengthen to about 4 percent in 2019, followed by a rise to 6-7 percent over the medium term; Looking forward,…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Completes Mission to Sierra Leone

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) team welcomes the authorities’ efforts to further mobilize domestic revenue, improve expenditure management and control, address the outstanding stock of budget arrears, stabilize public debt and reduce it to sustainable levels, and prioritize public investment aimed at reducing social and infrastructure gaps

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Brian Aitken visited Freetown from September 18-October 2, 2018, to initiate discussions on a possible Extended Credit Facility arrangement that could be supported by the IMF.[1] At the end of the visit, Mr. Aitken issued the following statement: “The economic environment remains…

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Statement by International Monetary Fund Deputy Managing Director Tao Zhang on Angola

Mr. Tao Zhang, Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), issued the following statement today: “We have received a letter from the Angolan authorities for IMF staff to initiate discussions on an economic program that could be supported by the Extended Fund Facility (EFF). “The request follows an…

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International Monetary Fund Staff Concludes Visit to Mozambique

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team led by Ricardo Velloso visited Maputo during July 25–August 3, 2018

End-of-Mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country. The views expressed in this statement are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF’s Executive Board. This mission will not result in a…

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International Monetary Fund Staff Concludes Visit to Kenya

Kenya’s economy has continued to perform well, with real GDP growth accelerating to 5.7 percent in the first quarter of 2018, from 4.9 percent in 2017

End-of-Mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country. The views expressed in this statement are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF’s Executive Board. Based on the preliminary findings of this…

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Egypt Moving Forward: Key Challenges and Opportunities

Over the next five years, around 3.5 million young Egyptians are projected to join the labor force

The most important issues that face Egypt over the coming years are tied to a rapidly growing population, the modernization of its economy, and how best to ensure a modern social safety net to protect the most vulnerable in society. Below, IMF Mission Chief for Egypt Subir Lall discusses these…

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International Monetary Fund Staff Concludes Visit to Nigeria

The outlook for 2018 remains challenging, as private sector lending remains low and foreign exchange inflows are mostly short-term

Higher oil prices and portfolio flows have helped strengthen fiscal and external buffers; The outlook for 2018 remains challenging, as private sector lending remains low and foreign exchange inflows are mostly short-term; Action on a coherent set of policies to reduce vulnerabilities and increase growth over the medium term remains…