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Six things to know about Ethiopia's New Program

The program is aimed at supporting the Ethiopian government’s own Homegrown Economic Reform Program

The IMF has approved a program for Ethiopia of almost US$3 billion. The program is aimed at supporting the Ethiopian government’s own Homegrown Economic Reform Program, which is designed to eliminate macroeconomic imbalances and lay the foundation for sustainable and inclusive growth. The authorities want the economy to transition away…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Completes 2019 Article IV and Program Review Mission to Madagascar

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Charalambos Tsangarides, mission chief for Madagascar, visited Antananarivo from November 11 to 25

IMF staff and the authorities reached staff-level agreement for the sixth program review, subject to approval by IMF management and the Executive Board; The implementation of the authorities’ program supported by the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement has remained satisfactory; The authorities’ plan to increase public investment and social spending…

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Democratic Republic of Congo and IMF Mission Reach an Agreement ad-referendum on Financial Assistance Under the Rapid Credit Facility and a Staff-Monitored Program

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team, headed by Mauricio Villafuerte, visited Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), over November 6–15, 2019

The Congolese authorities and the IMF team reached an agreement ad-referendum on a reform program that could be supported by the Rapid Credit Facility and a Staff-Monitored Program through end-May 2020; The Congolese economy faces multiple challenges with weakening economic growth, pervasive poverty, fragmented taxation system and fragile judiciary; Discussions…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff completes 2019 Article IV and Second ECF Review Mission to Sierra Leone

While the economy is continuing to recover, the outlook remains challenging and improving the well-being of Sierra Leoneans is an ambitious endeavor

The Sierra Leone authorities and IMF mission concluded discussions, reaching staff-level agreement on economic policies to pave the way for the IMF Executive Board to consider the second review under the ECF‑supported program; while the economy is continuing to recover, the outlook remains challenging and improving the well-being of Sierra…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Concludes Visit to Rwanda

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team, led by Laure Redifer, visited Kigali during October 31- November 13, 2019

Rwanda continues to make notable progress in sustaining high and inclusive growth; Real GDP growth outpaced expectations, averaging 10.3 percent in the first half of 2019; IMF staff have reached preliminary agreement with the government, subject to approval by its Executive Board, on policies that could support completion of the…

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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,…