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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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Somalia - Statement by an IMF Mission on Somalia

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Mohamad Elhage visited Nairobi from September 21–27 for a staff visit

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Mohamad Elhage visited Nairobi from September 21–27 for a staff visit to discuss with the Somali authorities’ recent developments, progress under the Staff-Monitored Program (SMP), and Somalia’s economic outlook. At the end of the visit, Mr. Elhage issued the following statement: “Since…

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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 Concludes Review Mission to Ghana

A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by Joël Toujas-Bernaté, visited Accra from April 27-May 11, 2016, to conduct discussions on the third review of Ghana’s financial and economic program supported by the IMF’s Extended Credit Facility (ECF).[1] The discussions focused on the implementation of the program, the…

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Statement by IMF First Deputy Managing Director David Lipton at the Conclusion of Visit to Kenya

Mr. David Lipton, First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), made the following statement today in Nairobi at the end of his visit to Kenya during May 9–10, 2016: “I am impressed by Kenya’s achievements in recent years. Despite strong global headwinds, real GDP growth averaged 5.5…

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The IMF’s Regional Technical Assistance Center South Supports Strengthening Coordinated Border Management

On February 15–19, 2016, AFRITAC South held a seminar at the Africa Training Institute in Mauritius on improving compliance of indirect taxes and coordinated border management (CBM). The event brought together senior customs officials from revenue administrations from Angola, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and…

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Statement by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde at the Conclusion of a Visit to Nigeria

Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), issued the following statement in Abuja today at the conclusion of her visit to Nigeria: “My visit to Nigeria has been extremely fruitful and informative. I wish to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for meeting with me to discuss Nigeria’s…

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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…