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Coronavirus - Egypt: IMF Executive Board Approves 12-month US$5.2 Billion Stand-By Arrangement for Egypt

Structural reforms will aim to continue strengthening the frameworks for public finances, improve governance and transparency, and reduce barriers to competition to ensure a path towards sustainable and inclusive private sector-led growth

The IMF approved a 12-month Stand-by Arrangement (SBA), with total access of about US$5.2 billion to address balance of payments financing needs arising from the COVID-19. Approval of the SBA enables the immediate disbursement of about US$2 billion; The SBA will support the authorities’ efforts to preserve the macroeconomic achievements…

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Coronavirus - Liberia: IMF Executive Board Approves a US$50 Million Disbursement to Liberia to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

The authorities have responded by taking revenue and expenditure measures to support emergency food aid for the poor; improving monitoring and control of spending; and safeguarding scarce foreign exchange reserves

The IMF approved the disbursement of US$50 million (1.7 percent of GDP) under the Rapid Credit Facility to support the authorities’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic; The economic impact of the pandemic is hitting the poorest with little social safety net, and food security of those relying on uncertain daily…

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Coronavirus - Mali: IMF Executive Board Approves a US$200 Million Disbursement to Mali to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

This assistance will help support urgent spending on health services and assistance to affected firms and households, while preserving overall social spending

The IMF approved a disbursement of US$200 million under the Rapid Credit Facility to help Mali meet urgent balance-of-payments and fiscal needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic; This assistance will help support urgent spending on health services and assistance to affected firms and households, while preserving overall social spending; The…

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Coronavirus - Nigeria: IMF Executive Board Approves US$ 3.4 Billion in Emergency Support to Nigeria to address the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 outbreak has magnified existing vulnerabilities, leading to a historic contraction in real GDP growth and to large external and fiscal financing needs

The IMF approved US$3.4 billion in emergency financial assistance under the Rapid Financing Instrument to support the authorities’ efforts in addressing the severe economic impact of the COVID-19 shock and the sharp fall in oil prices; The COVID-19 outbreak has magnified existing vulnerabilities, leading to a historic contraction in real…

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Coronavirus - Central African Republic: IMF Executive Board Approves a US$38 Million Disbursement to the Central African Republic to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

The country will also benefit from IMF debt service relief under the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust

If not contained, the pandemic could have a considerable economic and social impact on the Central African Republic, a fragile state with limited existing capacity to contain it; To address the urgent balance-of-payments needs, the IMF approved US$38 million emergency assistance for the Central African Republic under the Rapid Credit…

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Coronavirus - Ivory Coast: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board approves a US$886.2 million disbursement to Côte d’Ivoire to address the COVID-19 Pandemic

The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to be substantial, with the near-term outlook deteriorating quickly

The IMF approves the disbursement of US$886.2 million to Côte d’Ivoire to be drawn under the Rapid Credit Facility and the Rapid Financing Instrument; the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to be substantial, with the near-term outlook deteriorating quickly; the authorities’ policy response to the pandemic has…

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Coronavirus - Gambia: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board approves a US$21.3 million disbursement to The Gambia to address the COVID-19 Pandemic

The global COVID-19 pandemic is straining The Gambian economy, notably as international travel and tourism are halted

The COVID-19 pandemic is projected to lower growth of The Gambian economy to 2.5 percent in 2020; to address the urgent balance-of-payments need, the IMF Executive Board has approved financial assistance for The Gambia in the amount of US$21.3 million under the Rapid Credit Facility. The country will also benefit…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Concludes Visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The mission welcomes steps taken by the authorities to control expenditures going forward and urges them to step up revenue mobilization

Preliminary data suggests that all quantitative targets and structural benchmark for end-December 2019 under the Staff Monitored Program (SMP) were met. The macroeconomic situation has so far remained relatively stable; However, 2020 budget execution until mid-February raises concerns arising from spending pressures and lackluster revenue, which have resulted in renewed…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Consider Somalia Eligible for Assistance Under the Enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative

This assessment is an important step towards forgiveness of most of Somalia’s debt, which measured US$5.3 billion at the end of 2018

The Executive Boards of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank met, on February 12 and 13, respectively, to consider Somalia’s eligibility for debt relief under the Enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative. The Executive Boards commended the authorities’ sustained commitment to economic and institutional reforms under challenging…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Statement at the end of a Staff Visit to Chad

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Edward Gemayel visited N’Djamena during February 6-12

The economy continues to recover, and the outlook remains broadly positive, though subject to some challenges; Fiscal performance is on-track but spending pressures are starting to emerge. An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Edward Gemayel visited N’Djamena during February 6-12 to take stock of the latest economic and…