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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) 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) Executive Board Concludes 2019 Article IV Consultation with Somalia

The Federal Government of Somalia’s (FGS) continued efforts to broaden the tax base and strengthen tax administration has been reflected in increased domestic revenue

On July 22, 2019, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the 2019 Article IV consultation [1] with Somalia. Improved confidence, on the back of the continued implementation of reforms, and strong donor support continue to support economic activity, especially in the telecom, trade, construction, and financial sectors. However, poor…

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Egypt- International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board Completes Fifth Review under the Arrangement under Extended Fund Facility (EFF)

The completion of the review allows the authorities to draw the equivalent of SDR 1,432.76 million (about US$2 billion)

On July 24, 2019, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the fifth and final review of Egypt’s economic reform program supported by an arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF). The completion of the review allows the authorities to draw the equivalent of SDR 1,432.76 million…

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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…