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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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Sierra Leone: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff concludes First ECF Review Mission

The economic landscape in Sierra Leone remains challenging

The Sierra Leone authorities and IMF mission concluded discussions, ad referendum, on economic policies to pave the way for consideration by the IMF Executive Board of the first review under the ECF-supported program; continued actions to mobilize revenue and manage public finances remain key priorities to reduce public debt and…

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Statement at the end of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Review Mission to Tunisia

The authorities are aware of the risks weighing on the economy and are committed to containing fiscal and external imbalances in this election year

The Tunisian authorities and IMF staff have reached mutual understandings on most issues and agree that the authorities need some more time to fully flesh out their policy proposals in a few areas. Discussions will continue in Washington, DC, over the coming days; the authorities’ efforts to support growth by…

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IMF Staff Concludes Program Negotiation Mission to São Tomé and Príncipe

Significant progress was made in the discussions on the economic policies and reforms that could be supported by a new IMF arrangement

São Tomé and Príncipe’s economy is experiencing strong imbalances and slower growth; Reversing large deficit spending of 2018 and implementing comprehensive structural reforms in energy and tourism sectors are needed to unleash the growth potential; Significant progress was made in the discussions on the economic policies and reforms that could…

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

Cabo Verde’s external position strengthened in 2018 with the current account deficit narrowing to 4.5 percent of GDP

Fiscal consolidation efforts should continue to preserve gains made in recent years in strengthening public finances, and to support medium-term debt sustainability; continued progress in State-owned enterprises reforms is critical to reduce fiscal risks, support medium-term debt sustainability and economic growth. In this context, the recent privatization of the national…

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IMF Staff Completes 2019 Article IV Consultation Mission to Mozambique

Despite the likely adverse macroeconomic effects of Cyclone Idai in 2019, which are still being analyzed, the outlook is for a recovery in economic activity over the medium-term

While it is still early to precisely assess the macroeconomic effects of Cyclone Idai and reconstruction costs, these will be very significant; Despite the likely adverse macroeconomic effects of Cyclone Idai in 2019, which are still being analyzed, the outlook is for a recovery in economic activity over the medium-term;…

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IMF Staff Completes the Third Review Mission to Seychelles

Economic growth reached 4.1 percent, reflecting increased tourism earnings and stronger output in the fishing industry

Seychelles’ macroeconomic performance continued to be strong in 2018; economic growth reached 4.1 percent, the 2018 primary fiscal surplus stood at 3.2 percent of GDP; delays in the implementation of Air Seychelles’ restructuring plan could undermine government’s efforts to sustain strong fiscal primary surpluses and jeopardize medium-term public debt reduction…

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Opening Remarks: Rabat Conference on the Bali Fintech Agenda (by Tobias Adrian)

Promoting progress in Fintech will surely be a daunting challenge for policymakers

by Tobias Adrian Thank you, Governor Jouahri, for your eloquent opening remarks. And thank you to the Bank Al-Maghrib — which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year — for hosting this conference. We’re pleased to join you here in Rabat, as we continue a series of conferences that we’re convening…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Reaches Staff Level Agreement on a Staff Monitored Program with The Gambia

The team discussed economic and financial policy commitments under a new Staff-Monitored Program (SMP) for 2019

Improved revenue mobilization and expenditure restraint are essential to ensure fiscal discipline and create fiscal space for much-needed public investment and social spending; Comprehensive reform of state-owned enterprises is needed to address budgetary risks and improve public service delivery; Restoring debt sustainability will require prudent fiscal policy, limiting external borrowing,…

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IMF Staff Concludes Discussions on the Combined Seventh and Eighth Reviews of Ghana’s Extended Credit Facility Program

Ghana’s recent economic performance has been favorable despite a less supportive external environment for frontier economies

The Ghanaian authorities and the mission successfully concluded discussions, ad referendum, on economic policies to pave the way for consideration by the IMF Executive Board of the 7th and 8th reviews under the ECF-supported arrangement, which would successfully conclude the program. • Domestic revenue mobilization should remain a key priority…