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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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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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Somalia - Statement by an IMF Mission on Somalia

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Mohamad Elhage visited Nairobi from September 21–27 for a staff visit

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Mohamad Elhage visited Nairobi from September 21–27 for a staff visit to discuss with the Somali authorities’ recent developments, progress under the Staff-Monitored Program (SMP), and Somalia’s economic outlook. At the end of the visit, Mr. Elhage issued the following statement: “Since…

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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…

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IMF Executive Board Concludes 2016 Article IV Consultation with South Africa

On July 1, 2016, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation1 with South Africa. South Africa has made impressive economic and social progress in the past two decades. Yet, deep-rooted structural problems—infrastructure bottlenecks, skill mismatches, and harmful insider-outsider dynamics—are holding back growth and exacerbating…

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IMF Staff Team Concludes the 2016 Article IV Consultation Mission with the Central African Republic and Reaches Staff-Level Agreement on an Economic Program Supported by an ECF Arrangement

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Samir Jahjah visited Bangui during May 17–27, 2016, to conduct discussions on the 2016 Article IV consultation. The mission also reached staff-level agreement with the authorities, subject to approval by IMF Management and the Executive Board, on an economic program that could…

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IMF Executive Board Completes Second Review Under the Policy Support Instrument (PSI) for Senegal

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the second review of Senegal’s economic performance under a program supported by the Policy Support Instrument (PSI)1. The PSI for Senegal was approved on June 24, 2015 (see Press Release No. 15/297). Following the Executive Board discussion, Mr. Mitsuhiro Furusawa, Deputy…