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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Reaches Staff-Level Agreement with Mali on First Review under Extended Credit Facility (ECF) Arrangement

A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by Boriana Yontcheva, visited Bamako during November 19-29, 2019

Economic growth is expected to reach 5 percent in 2019 and over the medium term, despite the challenging security situation, reflecting some resilience in the economy; The fiscal deficit is expected to meet the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)’s convergence criteria of 3 percent of GDP in 2019;…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Completes 2019 Article IV Mission to Botswana

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team, led by Mr. Papa N’Diaye, visited Gaborone during November 13-27 to hold discussions for the 2019 Article IV Consultation with Botswana

Growth is expected to slow to about 3½ percent in 2019, due to weaknesses in the diamond market, a severe drought, and slower growth in neighboring countries. In 2020, it is expected to rise to 4.2 percent as the diamond market normalizes and copper production comes into stream; Fiscal consolidation…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Completes 2019 Article IV and Program Review Mission to Madagascar

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Charalambos Tsangarides, mission chief for Madagascar, visited Antananarivo from November 11 to 25

IMF staff and the authorities reached staff-level agreement for the sixth program review, subject to approval by IMF management and the Executive Board; The implementation of the authorities’ program supported by the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement has remained satisfactory; The authorities’ plan to increase public investment and social spending…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff completes 2019 Article IV and Second ECF Review Mission to Sierra Leone

While the economy is continuing to recover, the outlook remains challenging and improving the well-being of Sierra Leoneans is an ambitious endeavor

The Sierra Leone authorities and IMF mission concluded discussions, reaching staff-level agreement on economic policies to pave the way for the IMF Executive Board to consider the second review under the ECF‑supported program; while the economy is continuing to recover, the outlook remains challenging and improving the well-being of Sierra…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Concludes Visit to Mozambique

The outlook for 2020 is for a strong rebound in economic activity and low inflation

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team led by Ricardo Velloso visited Maputo during November 6–12, 2019, to take stock of recent economic developments and update macroeconomic projections. At the end of the mission, Mr. Velloso issued the following statement: “As a result of Tropical Cyclones Idai and Kenneth, real…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff conclude their 2019 Article IV Consultation Mission and the Fourth and Fifth Reviews of the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement in Gabon

It was agreed that generating stronger and more inclusive growth requires robust measures and far-reaching reforms

The economy is slowly recovering, but significant challenges still need to be addressed to generate stronger and more inclusive growth; it was agreed that generating stronger and more inclusive growth requires robust measures and far-reaching reforms to improve governance, increase domestic revenue mobilization, enhance the management and effectiveness of public…

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IMF Executive Board Completes the Fourth Review Under the Extended Credit Facility Arrangement, Approves a US$ 47.0 Million Disbursement, and Concludes the 2019 Article IV Consultation with Niger

The formal local private sector needs strengthening to ensure sustainably higher living standards and provide jobs for Niger’s rapidly growing labor force

Program implementation as been broadly satisfactory with public finances strengthening as planned, progress with the implementation of the structural reform agenda, and some slippages in the clearance in domestic payment arrears. Economic growth strengthened in 2018 and the outlook is promising thanks to the start of several large-scale projects by…

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IMF Reaches Staff-Level Agreement with Mali on a New Economic and Financial Program Supported by the IMF under the Extended Credit Facility

Key objectives of the program include strengthening fiscal discipline and tax revenue mobilization through further revenue administration reforms

The Malian authorities and IMF staff reached a staff-level agreement on a new economic and financial program supported by the Extended Credit Facility (ECF). The new program is aimed at fostering strong and inclusive growth and poverty reduction through investment in infrastructure and social sectors, and stimulating jobs creation, notably…

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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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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…