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Jamaica Resident Representative Site

Resident Representative Office in Jamaica

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

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IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde to Visit Jamaica

Statement by Bert van Selm, IMF Resident Representative in Jamaica, June 10, 2014 click for more

The Role of the IMF in Jamaica

TV Jamaica Interview with Bert van Selm, IMF Resident Representative in Jamaica; May 28, 2014 click for more

IMF support for Small States—implications for Jamaica

Presentation by Bert van Selm, IMF Resident Representative in Jamaica; April 22, 2014 click for more

Positioning Jamaica to Ride a Rising Global Tide

By Bert van Selm, IMF Resident Representative in Jamaica; March 2014 click for more

Jamaica’s Economic Programme in a Global Perspective

By Bert van Selm, IMF Resident Representative in Jamaica; January 24, 2014 click for more

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Jamaica and The IMF

Press Release: Statement by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde at the Conclusion of Her Visit to Jamaica

June 28, 2014

IMF Survey : Lagarde Calls for Stronger Partnership with Caribbean

June 27, 2014
The IMF is working with the Caribbean to strengthen its relationship and build a partnership for the future, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said in a speech in Jamaica. click for more

The Caribbean and the IMF—Building a Partnership for the Future, by Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, IMF

June 27, 2014

Press Release: IMF Executive Board Concludes 2014 Article IV Consultation and Fourth Review Under the Extended Fund Facility with Jamaica and Approves US$70.9 Million Disbursement

June 20, 2014

Jamaica: 2014 Article IV Consultation and Fourth Review Under the Extended Fund Facility and Request for Modification of Performance Criteria-Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement by the Executive Director for Jamaica

June 20, 2014
Series: Country Report No. 14/169 click for more

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Regional Economic Outlook: Western Hemisphere

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Growth across Latin America and the Caribbean is expected to remain subdued at 2.5 percent in 2014. The firming recovery in the advanced economies will support export activity, but this positive impulse is likely to be offset in many countries by the impact of lower commodity prices, tighter external financing conditions, and domestic supply bottlenecks. Renewed volatility in financial markets and a sharper-than-expected decline in commodity prices represent distinct downside risks. Faced with these challenges, policymakers should seek to preserve credible policy frameworks and ensure sufficient buffers to cope with adverse shocks. For fiscal policy, a neutral to tighter stance will be appropriate in most countries, while exchange rate flexibility and proactive supervision of the financial system should serve as the principal defenses against external volatility. To boost medium-term growth prospects, further efforts are needed to raise infrastructure investment, improve educational outcomes, and enhance the business environment. Click for more