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.
At a Glance
- Current IMF membership: 189 countries
- Jamaica joined the Fund in February 21, 1963; Article VIII
- Total Quotas: SDR 273.50 Million
- Loans outstanding: Stand-By Arrangements SDR 509.90 Million
- Last Article IV Consultation: 2008 Article IV staff report was discussed by the Executive Board on February 4, 2010, (Read the PIN)
February 11, 2016
Presentation by Bert van Selm, IMF Resident Representative in Jamaica
September 9, 2015
The Gleaner: Op-Ed by Bert Selm, IMF Resident Representative in Jamaica
August 30, 2015
The Gleaner: Interview By Bert van Selm, IMF Resident Representative in Jamaica
May 19, 2015
Letter to The Gleaner by Bert Selm, IMF Resident Representative in Jamaica
May 1, 2015
IMF’s Work on Jamaica
May 20, 2016
Describes the preliminary findings of IMF staff at the conclusion of certain missions (official staff visits, in most cases to member countries). Missions are undertaken as part of regular (usually annual) consultations under Article IV of the IMF's Articles of Agreement, in the context of a request to use IMF resources (borrow from the IMF), as part of discussions of staff monitored programs, and as part of other staff reviews of economic developments.
April 7, 2016
Author/Editor: Kevin Greenidge ; Meredith A. McIntyre ; Hanlei Yun
Series: Working Paper No. 16/82
March 8, 2016
Author/Editor: Arnold McIntyre ; Ahmed El-Ashram ; Marcio Ronci ; Julien Reynaud ; Natasha Xingyuan Che ; Ke Wang ; Sebastian Acevedo Mejia ; Mark Scott Lutz
Series: Working Paper No. 16/53
March 4, 2016
March 3, 2016
Regional Economic Outlook
Managing Transitions and RisksApril 2016
With the global economy still struggling, many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are facing a harsher world than they did just a few years ago. The growth outlook is weaker in advanced and emerging economies alike, while the gradual slowdown and rebalancing of economic activity in China is likely to keep commodity prices lower for longer. Meanwhile, favorable external financial conditions over the past several years have become more volatile, and risks of a sudden tightening are on the rise.
Against this backdrop, economic activity in Latin America and the Caribbean has been revised downward, compared with our January update and is likely to contract for a second consecutive year in 2016. But the growth outlook varies substantially within the region. While external conditions have placed a large drag on all commodity exporters, countries expected to post negative growth will do so mainly because of domestic imbalances and rigidities at home, and, in certain cases, temporary impact of policies designed to transition away from earlier distortions.
But the news isn't all bad. In the rest of the region—and particularly where policy frameworks have been strengthened over the past two decades—a relatively smooth adjustment continues. Given these broad contours, growth stories vary between the south and north.