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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff completes Program Negotiation Mission to São Tomé and Príncipe

São Tomé and Príncipe’s economy is facing serious challenges and experiencing strong imbalances and sluggish growth

Significant progress was made in the discussions with the government on the economic policies and reforms that could be supported by a new IMF arrangement; São Tomé and Príncipe’s economy is facing serious challenges and experiencing strong imbalances and sluggish growth. Improving the business environment to promote economic activities is…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board completes Sixth Review under the Extended Credit Facility Arrangement for the Central African Republic and approves US$ 31.70Million disbursement

The Central African Republic’s performance under the ECF arrangement remains satisfactory despite a challenging security environment and difficult humanitarian conditions

Substantial progress has been achieved under the ECF arrangement, including in stabilizing the economy, reducing fiscal vulnerabilities, and improving public financial management; the recent peace agreement between the government and 14 armed groups could constitute a pivotal step toward ending the ongoing crisis; the authorities remain committed to pursuing fiscal policy…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board completes First Review under the Extended Credit Facility and approves US$21.62 Million disbursement for Sierra Leone

Implementation of the program, supported by the IMF, has been satisfactory in the face of a challenging economic environment

Completion of the first review enables the IMF to disburse US$21.62 million to Sierra Leone; the government’s reform agenda will secure fiscal sustainability, create space for priority spending, and lay the foundation for inclusive growth and poverty reduction; implementation of the program, supported by the IMF, has been satisfactory in…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff completes mission to Comoros on possible emergency financial assistance following Cyclone Kenneth

IMF assistance would help address Comoros’ budgetary and external financing gaps arising from reconstruction and humanitarian needs

IMF mission reached a preliminary staff-level understanding on a possible emergency financial assistance to Comoros, following tropical Cyclone Kenneth; IMF assistance would help address Comoros’ budgetary and external financing gaps arising from reconstruction and humanitarian needs; the assistance could also play a catalyst role in securing grants from development partners and…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff completes 2019 Article IV Mission to Namibia

Immediate action is needed to contain the FY19/20 fiscal deficit within the budget limits

The economy will continue to mildly contract this year and recover gradually thereafter; immediate action is needed to contain the FY19/20 fiscal deficit within the budget limits; structural reforms are needed to strengthen productivity and competitiveness, lift business confidence, and boost the long-term growth potential of the economy. An International…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff concludes visit to South Africa

Robust actions are needed to reduce the fiscal deficit and reverse the increase in public debt

South Africa’s subdued economic growth could be reignited if the pace of structural reform implementation accelerates; robust actions are needed to reduce the fiscal deficit and reverse the increase in public debt; the government has a renewed opportunity to press ahead with policies to further strengthen governance, encourage competition, increase…

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Eritrea: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff completes 2019 Article IV Mission

Eritrea is in a difficult economic situation following an extended period of international isolation and emergency measures to manage the economy

The peace agreement with Ethiopia and lifting of international sanctions provide a welcome opportunity for Eritrea to build an impetus for economic development; Eritrea is in a difficult economic situation following an extended period of international isolation and emergency measures to manage the economy; the IMF stands ready to support economic…

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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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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Completes Mission to the Central African Republic

C.A.R.’s macroeconomic performance remains favorable with increasing economic growth and contained inflation

The recent peace agreement is a unique opportunity to improve the Central African Republic’s (C.A.R.) security and create the conditions for sustained and inclusive growth, poverty reduction, and job creation; good progress was made in discussions with the authorities on economic and financial policies that could support completion of the…