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IMF Staff Completes the Third Review Mission to Seychelles

Economic growth reached 4.1 percent, reflecting increased tourism earnings and stronger output in the fishing industry

Seychelles’ macroeconomic performance continued to be strong in 2018; economic growth reached 4.1 percent, the 2018 primary fiscal surplus stood at 3.2 percent of GDP; delays in the implementation of Air Seychelles’ restructuring plan could undermine government’s efforts to sustain strong fiscal primary surpluses and jeopardize medium-term public debt reduction…

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IMF Executive Board Concludes Regional Consultation with West African Economic and Monetary Union

Economic activity remains strong with subdued inflation

On March 18, 2019, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the regional consultation1 with WAEMU. Background Economic activity remains strong with subdued inflation. Despite adverse terms-of-trade shocks and security concerns in some member-countries, real GDP growth is estimated to have exceeded 6 percent for the 7th consecutive year…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Reaches Staff Level Agreement on a Staff Monitored Program with The Gambia

The team discussed economic and financial policy commitments under a new Staff-Monitored Program (SMP) for 2019

Improved revenue mobilization and expenditure restraint are essential to ensure fiscal discipline and create fiscal space for much-needed public investment and social spending; Comprehensive reform of state-owned enterprises is needed to address budgetary risks and improve public service delivery; Restoring debt sustainability will require prudent fiscal policy, limiting external borrowing,…

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IMF Management Complete the First Review under the Staff-Monitored Program for Somalia

IMF staff encourages the Somali authorities to sustain their reform momentum which will help pave the way towards eventual arrears clearance and debt relief

IMF staff commends the authorities for implementing key reforms and for satisfactory performance under the Staff-Monitored Program (SMP). IMF staff encourages the Somali authorities to sustain their reform momentum which will help pave the way towards eventual arrears clearance and debt relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative.  On…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Completes Staff Visit Mission for São Tomé and Príncipe

The mission team discussed with the new government its priorities and vision for economic development

A staff team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Xiangming Li visited São Tomé and Príncipe during January 23-31, 2019. At the end of the visit, Ms. Li issued the following statement: “The mission team discussed with the new government its priorities and vision for economic development, as…

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

Mauritius faces the challenge of boosting inclusive economic growth while preserving fiscal sustainability, regaining external competitiveness, and maintaining financial integrity

Real GDP growth is projected at 3.8 percent in 2018 and 3.9 percent in 2019, driven by robust performance in the financial services, construction, and tourism sectors; Mauritius faces the challenge of boosting inclusive economic growth while preserving fiscal sustainability, regaining external competitiveness, and maintaining financial integrity; the mission welcomed…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Concludes 2019 Discussions with the West African Economic and Monetary Union on Common Policies for Member Countries

Fiscal consolidation efforts are estimated to have led to a reduction of the aggregate fiscal deficit to 3.9 percent of GDP in 2018 from 4.3 percent of GDP in 2017

Inflation has remained low reflecting the peg to the Euro, but also continued solid agricultural production and the limited passthrough of higher world oil prices; fiscal consolidation efforts are estimated to have led to a reduction of the aggregate fiscal deficit to 3.9 percent of GDP in 2018 from 4.3…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff concludes visit to Guinea-Bissau

Achieving budget targets will require tight expenditure control

Economic performance in 2018 suffered from lower cashew income and weak domestic revenue mobilization; the draft budget for 2019 targets increased government revenue and a deficit below 3 percent of GDP; achieving budget targets will require tight expenditure control. An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Tobias Rasmussen visited…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board Completes the Third Review of Gabon’s Extended Arrangement and Approves US$99 Million Disbursement

Executive Board decision brings total International Monetary Fund (IMF) disbursements to Gabon to about US$395.9 million

The government’s reform program, supported by the IMF, aims to restore macroeconomic stability and lay the foundation for inclusive growth. On December 19, 2018, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the third review of Gabon’s economic program supported by an extended arrangement under the Extended Fund…

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Statement by International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde at the Conclusion of a Visit to Ghana

Increasing revenue mobilization, preserving financial stability, improving management of the energy sector, and implementing responsible polices will help anchor investors

Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), issued the following statement today in Accra at the conclusion of her visit to Ghana "My visit to Accra has been very fruitful and informative, and I am extremely grateful for the warm hospitality of the people of Ghana.…