This web page provides information in on the activities of the Office, views of the IMF staff, and the relations between Malawi and the IMF. Additional information can be found on Malawi and IMF country page, including official IMF reports and Executive Board documents in English that deal with Malawi.

Back to Top

At a Glance 

  • Current IMF membership: 189 countries
  • Malawi joined the Fund in July 19, 1965; Article VIII (December 7, 1995)
  • Total Quotas: 138.8 Million
  • Outstanding Purchases and Loans (SDR): 152.9 million (April 30, 2018)
  • Last Article IV Consultation: The last Article IV Executive Board Consultation was on April 30, 2018. (Country Report No. 18/115 )

Back to Top

Office Activities

  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges for 2010

    Remarks by Ms. Antoinette Sayeh Director, African Department of the International Monetary Fund The Brookings Institution–November 19, 2009

    November 19, 2009

  • The World Must Not Forget Africa During This Crisis

    As the world struggles with the most serious financial turmoil of the post-war era, attention has focused on the advanced and emerging-market economies that are most immediately affected. But the impact on poor countries is far more severe.

    February 10, 2009

  • IMF to Assist Africa Hit Hard by Global Downturn

    "While the headlines have been dominated by the impact of the crisis on advanced economies and emerging markets, the crisis also poses a severe challenge for African countries, which the international community must not ignore," said IMF Deputy Managing Director Takatoshi Kato.

    February 3, 2009

May 8, 2018

Domestic Revenue Mobilization and Private Investment

Sub-Saharan Africa is set to enjoy a modest growth uptick, and decisive policies are needed to both reduce vulnerabilities and raise medium-term growth prospects. Average growth in the region is projected to rise from 2.8 percent in 2017 to 3.4 percent in 2018, with growth accelerating in about two-thirds of the countries in the region aided by stronger global growth, higher commodity prices, and improved capital market access. On current policies, average growth in the region is expected to plateau below 4 percent—barely 1 percent in per capita terms—over the medium term. Turning the current recovery into sustained strong growth consistent with the achievement of the SDGs would require policies to both reduce vulnerabilities and raise medium-term growth prospects. Prudent fiscal policy is needed to rein in public debt, while monetary policy must be geared toward ensuring low inflation. Countries should also strengthen revenue mobilization and continue to advance structural reforms to reduce market distortions, shaping an environment that fosters private investment.

  Read the Report

Back to Top

Departmental Papers on Africa

Africa Departmental Papers Cover The Departmental African Paper Series covers research on Sub-Saharan Africa conducted by International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff, particularly on issues of broad regional or cross-country interest. The views expressed in these papers are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF, its Executive Board, or IMF management.

Back to Top

IMF Opens Africa Training Institute in Mauritius

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on June 26, 2014 opened the Africa Training Institute (ATI) in Ebene, Mauritius, adding an important regional center to a global network of centers helping to develop countries' policymaking capacity by transferring economic skills and best practices.