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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Concludes 2019 Discussions with the West African Economic and Monetary Union on Common Policies for Member Countries

Fiscal consolidation efforts are estimated to have led to a reduction of the aggregate fiscal deficit to 3.9 percent of GDP in 2018 from 4.3 percent of GDP in 2017

Inflation has remained low reflecting the peg to the Euro, but also continued solid agricultural production and the limited passthrough of higher world oil prices; fiscal consolidation efforts are estimated to have led to a reduction of the aggregate fiscal deficit to 3.9 percent of GDP in 2018 from 4.3…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff concludes visit to Guinea-Bissau

Achieving budget targets will require tight expenditure control

Economic performance in 2018 suffered from lower cashew income and weak domestic revenue mobilization; the draft budget for 2019 targets increased government revenue and a deficit below 3 percent of GDP; achieving budget targets will require tight expenditure control. An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Tobias Rasmussen visited…

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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…

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IMF Staff Completes 2017 Article IV Visit to the Federal Republic of Ethiopia

Real gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated to have increased by 9 percent in 2016/17

Real gross domestic product is estimated to have increased by 9 percent in 2016/17. Prudent budget execution led to a lower-than-planned fiscal deficit, estimated at 2.5 percent of GDP. To complement the restrictive fiscal stance, monetary policy should also be tightened. An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team led by…

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IMF Staff Concludes Visit to Kenya

Kenya’s economy has continued to perform well, with real GDP growth reaching 5.9 percent in the first three quarters of 2016, up from 5.6 percent in 2015

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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IMF Staff Completes 2016 Article IV Consultation and First Review of the Precautionary and Liquidity Line Mission to Morocco

In 2016, Moroccan economic growth should slow to between 1.5 and 2 percent

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team led by Nicolas Blancher visited Morocco from November 16 to December 1, 2016, to conduct discussions with the Moroccan authorities on the 2016 Article IV consultation, as well as on the first review under the Precautionary and Liquidity Line (PLL) arrangement approved in…

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Commodities, Rainfall, Instability Biggest Challenges —African Ministers

Rising inflation, drops in currency due to political instability Low commodity prices adding to fiscal pressures Help from international community “paramount” Low commodity prices, climate change, and insecurity are forcing many countries to make significant fiscal adjustments, African finance ministers said during the IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington D.C.…

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IMF Staff Completes Review Mission to Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone: IMF Staff Completes Review Mission to Sierra Leone

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by John Wakeman-Linn visited Freetown during September 14-27, 2016 to conduct the sixth and final review under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF).[1] At the conclusion of the visit, Mr. Wakeman-Linn issued the following statement: “Sierra Leone’s economic reforms over the last three years…

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IMF Statement on Mozambique

The Managing Director welcomed the initial steps being taken on the agreed reforms and policies

Mr. Gerry Rice, Director of Communications at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), issued the following statement today: “The IMF’s Managing Director Christine Lagarde and Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi met today to discuss the economic challenges that the country is facing. The Managing Director welcomed the initial steps being taken on…

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Bridging South Africa’s Economic Divide

David Lipton / Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg

Thank you very much for your kind introduction and the warm welcome from the Witwatersrand community. It is a pleasure to be back in South Africa. Let me begin with a tribute to South Africa’s achievements. This country offers an extraordinary legacy of freedom and reason that is a model…