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IMF Executive Board Completes the 2021 Article IV Consultation and Fifth Review of the Policy Coordination Instrument for Rwanda

The PCI was approved on June 28, 2019 to facilitate macroeconomic and financial stability, while advancing an ambitious reform agenda under Rwanda’s National Strategy for Transformation (NST)

Rwanda’s economy has rebounded strongly in 2021, and the recovery is expected to continue in 2022, supported by strengthened vaccination efforts, a pickup in external demand, and accommodative macroeconomic policies. Nevertheless, with a high portion of the population still unvaccinated, risks about the path of the COVID-19 pandemic remain significant…

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IMF Executive Board Completes the Fourth Review Under the Policy Coordination Instrument and the First Reviews Under the Stand-By Arrangement and the Arrangement Under the Standby Credit Facility, and Concludes the 2021 Article IV Consultation for Senegal

Senegal’s three-year PCI was approved on January 10, 2020

Recent indicators suggest that a strong recovery is underway, driven by industrial production, services, and retail activity. COVID-19 case numbers remain comparatively low and about 14 percent of the adult population is vaccinated. Performance under the program remains satisfactory. Concurrently with the PCI, the SCF/SBA arrangements are helping support the…

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IMF Management Approves a Staff-Monitored Program for the Central African Republic

Its satisfactory implementation would pave the way for the resumption of discussions under an Extended Credit Facility (ECF) supported program in mid-2022

The seven-month Staff-Monitored Program (SMP) will help the authorities address the economic challenges caused by the security crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic. Its satisfactory implementation would pave the way for the resumption of discussions under an Extended Credit Facility (ECF) supported program in mid-2022; the SMP will also support the…

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IMF Staff Concludes Article IV Mission to Zimbabwe

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team, led by Dhaneshwar Ghura, Mission Chief for Zimbabwe, held discussions through virtual meetings in the context of the 2021 Article IV consultation

The COVID-19 crisis impacted an already weakened economy following cyclone Idai and a protracted drought. Containment and support measures introduced by the authorities helped in mitigating the adverse effects of the pandemic; economic activity is recovering, and mass vaccination continues steadily. But downside risks remain, dominated by the pandemic’s evolution,…

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IMF Management Approves the Completion of the First Review of the Staff-Monitored Program with the Republic of South Sudan

An effective follow-up by the appropriate institutions on the findings of the audit will be essential

IMF staff commends the authorities for implementing key economic reforms supported by the Staff-Monitored Program (SMP) that have stabilized the exchange rate, contributed to a significant decline in inflation, and unified the exchange rates in the market; it will be important to make sustained progress under the SMP, especially by…

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IMF Management Approves a Staff Monitored Program for the Union of the Comoros

The authorities’ top priority since the pandemic hit has been to limit the impact on the health of the population and preserve macroeconomic and financial stability

The Staff-Monitored Program (SMP) will help to build a strong track record of policy and reform implementation, possibly paving the way for an IMF-supported program; the six-month SMP will support the government’s program of reforms aimed at (i) supporting the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic including by providing cash transfers…

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IMF Executive Board Approves a US$76 Million Disbursement under the Rapid Credit Facility to Burundi to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

The financial assistance will support the implementation of Burundi’s COVID-19 response plan aimed at limiting the disease spread

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated border closures resulted in a slowdown of Burundi’s economy, which threatens to deteriorate living standards; To address Burundi’s urgent balance of payments and fiscal needs, the IMF approved emergency financial assistance equivalent to about US$76.2 million under the Rapid Credit Facility; The financial assistance will…

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Mali: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board extends Immediate Debt Service Relief for another Six Months

Relief on debt service will free up scarce financial resources to continue strengthening the country’s medical care capacity and addressing the social and economic fallout from the COVID-19

On October 30, 2020, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a second six-month tranche of debt service relief for Mali under the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT) without a meeting; the relief on debt service will free up scarce financial resources to continue strengthening the…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff completes Review Mission to Central African Republic

Welcomes the progress made in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic

The IMF team welcomes the progress made in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and the preparation of next December’s presidential and legislative elections; the pandemic and the containment measures have had a significant impact on growth, inflation, and public finances; the Central African authorities and the IMF team discussed…

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Opening Remarks at Mobilizing with Africa II High-Level Virtual Event

We are here today because COVID-19 continues its assault on the health and wellbeing of people, and on the economy

By Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva As prepared for delivery Excellencies, Ministers, Ladies and Gentlemen—thank you for participating in this important event. I am honored to co-host with President Malpass. And I would like to recognize U.N. Secretary General Guterres and AU Commission Chair Moussa Faki Mahamat. We are here today…