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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…

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IMF Executive Board Concludes 2016 Article IV Consultation with Islamic Republic of Mauritania

On April 25, 2016, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Islamic Republic of Mauritania.1 The global economic landscape has deteriorated since the 2014 Article IV Consultation and Mauritania continues to face a negative terms-of-trade shock as a result of the fall…

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The IMF Regional Technical Assistance Center for West Africa Holds its Steering Committee Meeting

The IMF Regional Technical Assistance Center for West Africa (AFRITAC West) held the 26th session of its Steering Committee in Abidjan, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, on May 4-5, 2016. During the meetings, the Committee endorsed the Center’s activities and financial reports for the fiscal year that ended in April 2016, adopted…

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Statement by IMF First Deputy Managing Director David Lipton at the Conclusion of Visit to Kenya

Mr. David Lipton, First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), made the following statement today in Nairobi at the end of his visit to Kenya during May 9–10, 2016: “I am impressed by Kenya’s achievements in recent years. Despite strong global headwinds, real GDP growth averaged 5.5…

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IMF Staff Completes 2016 Article IV Mission to Guinea

An IMF staff team led by Abdoul Aziz Wane, visited Conakry from April 21 to May 5 for the 2016 Article IV consultation discussions with the authorities. At the conclusion of the mission, Mr. Wane made the following statement:[1] "The Guinean authorities have made significant progress in reducing macroeconomic imbalances…