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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff conclude their 2019 Article IV Consultation Mission and the Fourth and Fifth Reviews of the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement in Gabon

It was agreed that generating stronger and more inclusive growth requires robust measures and far-reaching reforms

The economy is slowly recovering, but significant challenges still need to be addressed to generate stronger and more inclusive growth; it was agreed that generating stronger and more inclusive growth requires robust measures and far-reaching reforms to improve governance, increase domestic revenue mobilization, enhance the management and effectiveness of public…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Concludes Visit to Nigeria

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team led by Amine Mati, Senior Resident Representative and Mission Chief for Nigeria, visited Lagos and Abuja

A slow economic recovery is continuing, inflation is falling, and external buffers are declining in the face of increased portfolio outflows; Elevated fiscal deficits rely on central bank financing, which complicates monetary policy; Action on a coherent and coordinated set of policies is urgently needed to reduce vulnerabilities and increase…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Concludes Visit for the Article IV Consultation and Discussions on the First Review of the Staff-Monitored Program to Zimbabwe

The discussions covered recent economic developments, the near and medium-term outlook, risks to the economy, developments in the financial sector, and the set of economic policies

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Mr. Gene Leon visited Harare from September 5th to 19th to conduct the Article IV Consultation and review progress under the Zimbabwe’s Staff-Monitored Program (SMP). The discussions covered recent economic developments, the near and medium-term outlook, risks to the economy, developments in the…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff completes First Review under the Staff-Monitored Program for Somalia

The IMF team and the Somali authorities reached a staff-level agreement on the completion of the first review

Somali authorities and IMF staff reach a staff-level agreement on the completion of the first review of the fourth Staff-Monitored Program (SMP IV); authorities’ continued strong commitment to economic and financial reform is supporting satisfactory performance under SMP IV. An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team led by Allison Holland visited…

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Statement at the End of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Visit to Malawi

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Pritha Mitra, Mission Chief for Malawi, visited Lilongwe from September 10-17, 2019

Malawi’s recent economic performance has been favorable despite the impact of Cyclone Idai; Economic growth is expected to strengthen to about 4.5 percent in 2019 supported by a rebound in agriculture in most of the country and reconstruction of infrastructure damaged by the cyclone; Inflation is expected to remain in…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff completes Program Negotiation Mission to São Tomé and Príncipe

São Tomé and Príncipe’s economy is facing serious challenges and experiencing strong imbalances and sluggish growth

Significant progress was made in the discussions with the government on the economic policies and reforms that could be supported by a new IMF arrangement; São Tomé and Príncipe’s economy is facing serious challenges and experiencing strong imbalances and sluggish growth. Improving the business environment to promote economic activities is…

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Eritrea: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff completes 2019 Article IV Mission

Eritrea is in a difficult economic situation following an extended period of international isolation and emergency measures to manage the economy

The peace agreement with Ethiopia and lifting of international sanctions provide a welcome opportunity for Eritrea to build an impetus for economic development; Eritrea is in a difficult economic situation following an extended period of international isolation and emergency measures to manage the economy; the IMF stands ready to support economic…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff completes Program Review Mission to Benin

Benin’s economy grew by 6.7 percent in 2018 driven by strong agricultural production and port activity

Performance under the IMF-supported program was satisfactory in 2018; Benin’s economy grew by 6.7 percent in 2018 driven by strong agricultural production and port activity; the authorities should pursue their efforts to improve the business environment and infrastructure, strengthen the governance framework, diversify the economy, promote high-quality education and health,…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff completes 2019 Article IV visit to Zambia

Zambia’s development strategy targeting a rapid scaling up in infrastructure spending has resulted in large fiscal deficits, financed by nonconcessional debt

IMF staff and Zambian authorities took stock of recent economic developments and the future outlook and prospects as part of the 2019 Article IV consultation; large fiscal deficits and rising debt service have resulted in domestic expenditure arrears, taking a toll on growth; discussions focused on policy options to lower debt-related…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Completes Mission for a Staff-Monitored Program to Zimbabwe

IMF staff and the Zimbabwean authorities have reached agreement on macroeconomic policies and structural reforms that can underpin a Staff Monitored Program

IMF staff and the Zimbabwean authorities have reached agreement on macroeconomic policies and structural reforms that can underpin a Staff Monitored Program; the SMP aims to implement a coherent set of policies that can facilitate a return to macroeconomic stability. A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by…