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Global Growth Revised Down, Despite Cheaper Oil, Faster U.S. Growth

Even with the sharp oil price decline—a net positive for global growth—the world economic outlook is still subdued, weighed down by underlying weakness elsewhere, says the IMF’s latest WEO Update.

Falling Oil Prices Hurt Exporters across Mideast, Central Asia

The steep decline in oil prices presents new economic realities for oil-exporting countries in the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan and in the Caucasus and Central Asia regions, says the IMF in its update of the Regional Economic Outlook.

Another Year of Subpar Growth in Latin America

Regional growth will be just 1¼ percent in 2015, about the same low rate as in 2014 and almost 1 percentage point below last October’s forecast, says head of the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department Alejandro Werner in a blog.

Reform Securitization to Improve Growth, Financial Stability

Policymakers have made progress in reforming securitization markets, and they have to finish the task to mitigate the risks and ensure these markets contribute to economic growth and financial stability.

New Plan Sets Senegal On Course to Become Emerging Economy

A new development plan designed to help Senegal exit a trap of low growth and high poverty can boost the economy if it is consistently implemented, IMF staff say in a regular review of the West African country. They add that the plan presents a unique opportunity.
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