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Coronavirus - Kenya: IMF Executive Board Approves a US$739 million Disbursement to Kenya to Address the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a serious toll on the Kenyan economy, significantly reducing growth, creating fiscal and external financing needs

The IMF approved the disbursement of US$739 million to be drawn under the Rapid Credit Facility to support the authorities’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic; The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a serious toll on the Kenyan economy, significantly reducing growth, creating fiscal and external financing needs; It is important that…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Concludes Visit to Kenya

A staff team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by Benedict Clements, visited Kenya from November 18-22, 2019

Real GDP growth averaged 5.6 percent in the first half of 2019 and is expected to accelerate in the second half of 2019 and 2020; Inflation has remained within the target band and stood at 5.0 percent in October (year-on-year). A staff team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led…

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Kenya Implements the International Monetary Fund’s Enhanced General Data Dissemination System

The Enhanced General Data Dissemination System (e-GDDS) was established by the IMF in 2015 to support improved data transparency, encourage statistical development, and help create synergies between data dissemination and surveillance

Kenya has implemented the recommendations of the IMF’s Enhanced General Data Dissemination System (e-GDDS) by publishing critical data through the National Summary Data Page (NSDP). The e-GDDS was established by the IMF in 2015 to support improved data transparency, encourage statistical development, and help create synergies between data dissemination and…

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Looking Ahead to Chart Today’s Course: The Future of Work in sub-Saharan Africa

Opening Remarks by Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

As Prepared for Delivery Introduction Thank you, Minister Gyan-Baffour, for that kind introduction. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Vice-President Bawumia and the Ghanaian government for co-hosting this conference with the IMF. Your excellency, Vice-President Bawumia, Minister Gyan-Baffour, honored guests — it is my pleasure to welcome…

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International Monetary Fund Staff Concludes Visit to Kenya

Kenya’s economy has continued to perform well, with real GDP growth accelerating to 5.7 percent in the first quarter of 2018, from 4.9 percent in 2017

End-of-Mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country. The views expressed in this statement are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF’s Executive Board. Based on the preliminary findings of this…

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International Monetary Fund Executive Board Approves 6-Month Extension of the Stand-By Arrangement with Kenya

The reviews are expected to be completed by September 2018

On March 12, 2018, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund approved Kenyan authorities’ request for a 6-month extension of the country’s Stand-By Arrangement to allow additional time to complete the outstanding reviews. The reviews are expected to be completed by September 2018. Completion of the reviews will enable…

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IMF Staff Concludes Visit to Kenya

Annual growth could rise further to 6½ percent within a couple of years

The authorities requested a six-month extension of the SBA that expires on March 13, 2018 to allow more time to complete the outstanding reviews of the IMF-supported program. In support of this request, the authorities have committed to policies to achieve the program objectives, including reducing the fiscal deficit and…

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IMF Hosts Conference on “Managing Capital Flows: Challenges for Developing Countries” in Zambia

The conference provided a forum for policy makers to share experiences on how best to reap the benefits from capital flows, while managing the risks

Participants agreed that capital flows to developing countries are generally beneficial—particularly in the current context of a much leaner environment—by providing an important source of financing for investments and by helping to maintain foreign exchange reserves. Participants agreed that (i) the composition of capital flows matters for financial stability and…

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IMF Staff Concludes Visit to Kenya

Kenya’s economy has continued to perform well, with real GDP growth reaching 5.9 percent in the first three quarters of 2016, up from 5.6 percent in 2015

End-of-Mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country. The views expressed in this statement are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF’s Executive Board. Based on the preliminary findings of this…