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

Eswatini’s key challenges are to implement fiscal adjustment measures to reduce the fiscal deficit and stabilize public debt

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team, led by Mr. Geremia Palomba, visited Mbabane during October 23-November 4, 2019 to conduct the 2019 Article IV consultations with Eswatini. At the end of the visit, Mr. Palomba issued the following statement: “In recent years, GDP growth has averaged 2 percent, but fiscal…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Reaches Staff-Level Agreement with Liberia on an Economic and Financial Program that Could be Supported Under the Extended Credit Facility

The key objectives of the program are to restore macroeconomic stability, provide a foundation for fiscally sustainable, inclusive growth, and address weaknesses in governance

The Liberian authorities and IMF staff reached a staff-level agreement on a new program subject to fulfillment of significant prior actions in the fiscal and monetary areas; The key objectives of the program are to restore macroeconomic stability, provide a foundation for fiscally sustainable, inclusive growth, and address weaknesses in…

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Gabon Implements the International Monetary Fund’s Enhanced General Data Dissemination System

Publication of essential macroeconomic data through the National Summary Data Page (NSDP) will provide national policy makers and domestic and international stakeholders

Gabon has launched a National Summary Data Page (NSDP) in implementing the recommendations of the IMF’s enhanced General Data Dissemination System (e-GDDS). The page serves as a one-stop publication vehicle for essential macroeconomic data in both human and machine-readable formats. The e‑GDDS was endorsed by the IMF’s Executive Board in…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Concludes 2019 Article IV Consultation Mission to Ghana

Ghana’s macroeconomic outlook remains favorable, supported by strong activity in the extractive industry and a safer banking system

The macroeconomic outlook remains favorable, supported by overall prudent economic policies, strong extractive industry activity, and a safer banking system; Maintaining fiscal discipline in the run-up to the 2020 elections will be critical to safeguard the macroeconomic gains achieved since 2017; Tightening monetary policy may become necessary should price or…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board Concludes 2019 Article IV Consultation with Djibouti

The government has in recent years implemented large-scale investments to develop transport and logistics infrastructures

On September 30, 2019, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation [1] with Djibouti. The government has in recent years implemented large-scale investments to develop transport and logistics infrastructures with the aim of positioning Djibouti as a regional trade and logistics hub. Combined with reforms to…

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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 Uganda

The financial sector remains healthy, reinforced by Bank of Uganda’s strong supervision

A delay in oil sector investments could weigh on economic growth which is currently trending at 6 percent; The government needs to identify concrete measures to offset revenue shortfalls in this year’s budget to safeguard its fiscal targets and prevent domestic arrears; The financial sector remains healthy, reinforced by Bank…

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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 to Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau faces deeply-rooted problems of weak governance and corruption, which need to be addressed to allow Guinea-Bissau to realize its economic potential

At the request of Guinea-Bissau’s authorities, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission, led by Ms. Concha Verdugo-Yepes, visited Bissau from September 18 to October 1, 2019 to carry out a preliminary diagnostic of weaknesses in fiscal governance, market regulation, anti-money laundering and anti-corruption policies and practices. At the end of…

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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…