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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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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 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 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…

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IMF Staff Completes Review Mission with Mali

A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by Lisandro Abrego, held discussions with the Malian authorities during April 4–19 in Washington, D.C. on the fifth review of Mali’s economic and financial program supported by the IMF under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF). At the conclusion of the discussions,…

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IMF Executive Board Completes Sixth and Seventh Reviews Under ECF Arrangement for Guinea, Extends Arrangement, and Approves a US$25.6 Million Disbursement

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the sixth and seventh reviews of Guinea’s economic performance under the program supported by an Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement. The Board’s decision enables the immediate disbursement of SDR 18.36 million (about US$25.6 million), bringing total disbursements under the…

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Nigeria—Act with Resolve, Build Resilience, and Exercise Restraint

By Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, Speech to the Nigerian National Assembly Abuja, January 6, 2016

As prepared for delivery Introduction Honorable Speaker of the House, Honorable Members of Parliament, Honorable Members of the Government, Ladies and Gentlemen, Good morning—and—Happy New Year! I would like to thank you for the gracious introduction, and Members of Parliament and the people of Nigeria for their incredible hospitality. I…