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Coronavirus: Ethiopia steps up Health Spending with help from International Monetary Fund (IMF) Emergency Assistance

The funding will also support communication on health issues as combating COVID-19 will require a lot of advocacy work to ensure that people stick to prevention recommendations

The IMF has approved $411 million in emergency assistance for Ethiopia to help fight the coronavirus pandemic in the east African country. It also approved Ethiopia’s request for a suspension of debt service payments of about $12 million to the IMF under the IMF's Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust for…

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Coronavirus - Uganda: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board approves a US$491.5 Million Disbursement to Uganda to address the COVID-19 Pandemic

The authorities have timely scaled up health spending and put in place bold measures to help contain and mitigate the spread of the disease

The Ugandan economy is severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; to address the urgent balance-of-payments and fiscal needs, the IMF approved US$491.5 million emergency assistance for Uganda under the Rapid Credit Facility; the authorities have timely scaled up health spending and put in place bold measures to help contain and…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Statement at the end of a Staff Visit to Chad

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Edward Gemayel visited N’Djamena during February 6-12

The economy continues to recover, and the outlook remains broadly positive, though subject to some challenges; Fiscal performance is on-track but spending pressures are starting to emerge. An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Edward Gemayel visited N’Djamena during February 6-12 to take stock of the latest economic and…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Completes Review Mission to Cabo Verde

Structural reforms remain focused on domestic revenue mobilization, public enterprises reforms, and the strengthening of the financial sector

The IMF team and the Cabo Verdean authorities reached a staff-level agreement on the first review under the program supported by the Policy Coordination Instrument [1], that will be submitted for approval by IMF management and Executive Board; The medium-term fiscal framework supports the authorities’ continued efforts to anchor macroeconomic…

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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) Executive Board Concludes 2019 Article IV Consultation with Djibouti

The government has in recent years implemented large-scale investments to develop transport and logistics infrastructures

On September 30, 2019, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation [1] with Djibouti. The government has in recent years implemented large-scale investments to develop transport and logistics infrastructures with the aim of positioning Djibouti as a regional trade and logistics hub. Combined with reforms to…

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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…