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China on Path to Slower, Safer, More Sustainable Growth—Lagarde

Slower, safer, and more sustainable growth is good for China, its people, and the rest of the world, the IMF head tells Chinese students. Speaking during a visit to China, Christine Lagarde said the potential rewards of this slower, more sustainable growth were huge.

Sierra Leone Gets $102 Million in Extra IMF Financing, Debt Relief

The IMF Executive Board approves a loan and grant package for Sierra Leone to help the West African country counter an economic slump, engendered by the Ebola outbreak and a sharp drop in iron ore prices, that is stretching the country’s social protection system.

IMF Review Weighs How to Harness Trade for Growth

Amid concerns over a “new mediocre” in the global economy, trade should be seen as an integral part of the plan for increasing global growth over the medium term, the IMF says in its regular five-year review of trade, that also discusses key issues for the IMF’s work agenda.

Indonesia—Moving in a New Direction

Sound macroeconomic management and exchange rate flexibility over the past 18 months have bolstered Indonesia’s policy credibility and its resiliency to shocks, say IMF economists.

Study Examines Banking Vulnerabilities’ Impact On Public Debt

Several features of countries’ banking systems can amplify effects of banking sector vulnerabilities on governments, and ultimately the fiscal costs of banking crises. When large banking expansions unravel in systemic banking crises, public finances tend to take a significant hit.
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