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Coronavirus - São Tomé and Príncipe: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Completes a Virtual Extended Credit Facility First Review Mission for São Tomé and Príncipe

The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to cause the economy to contract sharply by 6.5 percent this year

The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to cause a sharp real economic contraction of 6.5 percent in 2020 and raise large health and social needs; Program performance under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) had a good start, but progress has been hampered by the pandemic and some policy slippages prior to…

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Coronavirus: Ethiopia steps up Health Spending with help from International Monetary Fund (IMF) Emergency Assistance

The funding will also support communication on health issues as combating COVID-19 will require a lot of advocacy work to ensure that people stick to prevention recommendations

The IMF has approved $411 million in emergency assistance for Ethiopia to help fight the coronavirus pandemic in the east African country. It also approved Ethiopia’s request for a suspension of debt service payments of about $12 million to the IMF under the IMF's Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust for…

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Coronavirus - Uganda: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board approves a US$491.5 Million Disbursement to Uganda to address the COVID-19 Pandemic

The authorities have timely scaled up health spending and put in place bold measures to help contain and mitigate the spread of the disease

The Ugandan economy is severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; to address the urgent balance-of-payments and fiscal needs, the IMF approved US$491.5 million emergency assistance for Uganda under the Rapid Credit Facility; the authorities have timely scaled up health spending and put in place bold measures to help contain and…

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Coronavirus – Malawi: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board Approves a US$91 Million Disbursement under the Rapid Credit Facility for Malawi

The pandemic is expected to have a significant impact on Malawi including affecting the near-term economic outlook, which has deteriorated significantly

The International Monetary Fund approved a disbursement of US$91 million under the Rapid Credit Facility to help Malawi meet the urgent balance of payment (BOP) needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic; The pandemic is expected to have a significant impact on Malawi including affecting the near-term economic outlook, which has…

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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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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…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Completes 2020 Article IV Visit to the Kingdom of Lesotho

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team, led by Joseph Thornton, visited Maseru from January 29 – February 11, 2020

In a context of policy uncertainty, the weak regional environment has depressed growth below the levels needed to reduce poverty and unemployment; High government spending should be refocused on areas that can have the biggest impact on delivering vital services, protecting the vulnerable, and supporting private sector growth; Reforms should…

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Statement by International Monetary Fund (IMF) Deputy Managing Director Tao Zhang at the Conclusion of His Visit to Mozambique

The IMF stands ready to further strengthen its collaboration with the Mozambican authorities and help advance their reform agenda

Mr. Tao Zhang, Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), visited Mozambique during February 8­-11. At the conclusion of his visit, Mr. Zhang made the following statement: “It was a great privilege to visit Mozambique for the first time and learn firsthand of the opportunities and challenges facing…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Completes 2019 Article IV Mission to Botswana

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team, led by Mr. Papa N’Diaye, visited Gaborone during November 13-27 to hold discussions for the 2019 Article IV Consultation with Botswana

Growth is expected to slow to about 3½ percent in 2019, due to weaknesses in the diamond market, a severe drought, and slower growth in neighboring countries. In 2020, it is expected to rise to 4.2 percent as the diamond market normalizes and copper production comes into stream; Fiscal consolidation…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Concludes Visit to Kenya

A staff team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by Benedict Clements, visited Kenya from November 18-22, 2019

Real GDP growth averaged 5.6 percent in the first half of 2019 and is expected to accelerate in the second half of 2019 and 2020; Inflation has remained within the target band and stood at 5.0 percent in October (year-on-year). A staff team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led…