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Egypt Moving Forward: Key Challenges and Opportunities

Over the next five years, around 3.5 million young Egyptians are projected to join the labor force

The most important issues that face Egypt over the coming years are tied to a rapidly growing population, the modernization of its economy, and how best to ensure a modern social safety net to protect the most vulnerable in society. Below, IMF Mission Chief for Egypt Subir Lall discusses these…

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International Monetary Fund Staff Concludes Visit to Nigeria

The outlook for 2018 remains challenging, as private sector lending remains low and foreign exchange inflows are mostly short-term

Higher oil prices and portfolio flows have helped strengthen fiscal and external buffers; The outlook for 2018 remains challenging, as private sector lending remains low and foreign exchange inflows are mostly short-term; Action on a coherent set of policies to reduce vulnerabilities and increase growth over the medium term remains…

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International Monetary Fund Executive Board Completes Fourth Review Under the Extended Credit Facility

Arrangement for the Central African Republic and Approves US$ 32.1 Million Disbursement

Completion of the review enables a disbursement of US$ 32.1 million Program implementation has been satisfactory in a difficult context. Restoring peace and speeding the implementation of the development agenda are key to sustain the economic recovery and reduce poverty. Improving domestic resource mobilization is crucial for the scaling up…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Completes Second Review of Staff Monitored Program with The Gambia

Economic recovery is well underway and the outlook is favorable, albeit contingent on continued adherence to the policy reform agenda

Economic recovery is well underway with growth estimated at 3.5 percent in 2017. Implementation of the Staff-Monitored Program remains broadly satisfactory. The Gambia’s public debt is unsustainable, with the debt-to-GDP ratio reaching nearly 130 percent of GDP in 2017. On June 18, 2018, the Managing Director of the International Monetary…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Statement on Tunisia

Completion of the review would make available SDR 177 million (about US$257 million), bringing total disbursements under the EFF to about US$1.2 billion

The Tunisian authorities and the IMF team have made significant progress in the discussions on the policies needed to complete the Third Review. The Tunisian economy showed signs of recovery in the first quarter of 2018, with the highest growth since 2014 supported by agriculture and exports. Risks to macroeconomic…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Concludes Visit to Uganda

Monetary policy targets core inflation of 5 percent

An IMF team led by Axel Schimmelpfennig visited Kampala May 15‒28, 2018 to continue discussions for a 3-year non-financial Policy Coordination Instrument. The mission met with President Museveni, Minister Kasaija, Governor Tumusiime-Mutebile, Permanent Secretary/Secretary to the Treasury Muhakanizi, members of parliament, private sector representatives, and senior government officials. The mission…

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International Monetary Fund Executive Board Completes First Review of the Arrangement Under the Extended Credit Facility with the Islamic Republic of Mauritania

The economy is recovering, with growth estimated at 3.5 percent in 2017 and projected at 3 percent in 2018

Policy implementation has been satisfactory and the program is on track. The Board’s decision enables immediate disbursement of US$ 23.5 million to Mauritania. The economy is recovering, with growth estimated at 3.5 percent in 2017 and projected at 3 percent in 2018. The outlook is positive, although considerable challenges remain to achieve…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Completes Review Visit and Reaches Staff-Level Agreement on a Third Staff-Monitored Program with Somalia

For 2018, growth is projected to increase to 3.1 percent from an estimated 2.3 percent in 2017, and inflation is expected to ease to under 3 percent from around 5.2 percent in 2017

The Somali authorities and the IMF reach a staff-level agreement on a new 12-month Staff-Monitored Program (SMP) covering the period May 2018-April 2019 (SMP III). The IMF supports the authorities’ initiative to reach out to donors to mobilize the needed support and funding to launch a new national currency. IMF…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Completes Review Mission to Senegal

The authorities indicated their firm commitment to meet the fiscal deficit target increased to 3.5 percent of GDP in 2018

Economic growth has continued to be strong, while inflation has remained low. The authorities indicated their firm commitment to meet the fiscal deficit target increased to 3.5 percent of GDP in 2018. Senegal continues to manage its debt carefully. A staff team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Reaches Staff Level Agreement on the Fourth Review under the Extended Credit Facility for the Central African Republic

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Mr. Samir Jahjah held program discussions with the Central African Republic authorities on the fourth review of the program supported by an Extended Credit Facility (ECF)

End-of-Mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country. The view 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…