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IMF Statement on Ghana, Attributable to Joel Toujas-Bernate, IMF Mission chief for Ghana

Discussions between staff and the authorities are currently ongoing to update macroeconomic projections

IMF Statement on Ghana, Attributable to Joel Toujas-Bernate, IMF Mission chief for Ghana: “A visiting IMF Staff team in Accra last May assessed the implementation of the program to be broadly satisfactory and identified a few areas where further work and discussions were needed before the third review under the ECF-supported…

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IMF Reaches Staff-Level Agreement with Egypt on a Three-Year US$12 Billion Extended Fund Facility

In response to a request from the Egyptian authorities, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Mr. Chris Jarvis visited Cairo from July 30 to August 11, 2016 to discuss support for the authorities’ economic reform program through IMF financial assistance

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

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IMF Executive Board Approves US$304.7 million Extended Credit Facility Arrangement for Madagascar

The Executive Board was also informed about the Managing Director’s approval of the first and final review under the six-month Staff-Monitored Program (SMP) covering the period from September 2015 up to the end of March 2016

On July 27, 2016 the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved the equivalent of SDR 220 million (about US$304.7 million, or 180 percent of current quota) under a 40-month Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement for Madagascar, to help reinforce macroeconomic stability and boost sustainable and inclusive growth.…

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IMF Executive Board Concludes Annual Discussions on CEMAC Countries’ Common Policies

Growth is projected to be 1.9 percent in 2016, as oil production and investment remain sluggish

On July 13, 2016, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the annual discussions on Common Policies and Challenges of Member Countries with the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC).[1] CEMAC growth was subdued in 2015. It slowed to 1.6 percent, from 4.9 percent in 2014, because of reduced public investment and lower oil…

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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 Executive Board Completes Eighth Review of Niger’s ECF Arrangement and Approves US$17.1 Million Disbursement

On July 11, 2016, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the eighth review of Niger’s economic performance under theprogram supported by an Extended Credit Facility (ECF) 1 arrangement. The completion of the review enables an immediate disbursement of SDR12.34 million, (about US$17.1 million), bringing total disbursements under the…

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IMF Executive Board Concludes 2016 Article IV Consultation with Liberia

On July 8, 2016, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation[1] with Liberia. The Ebola epidemic and the fall in commodity prices revealed the vulnerabilities of Liberia’s economy. After barely positive growth in 2014, GDP was flat in 2015 mainly due to the…