IMF Executive Board Discusses the Ex Post Assessment of Longer-Term Program Engagement with Mali

Public Information Notice (PIN) No. 11/78
June 17, 2011

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On June 13, 2011, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) discussed the Ex Post Assessment (EPA) of Longer-Term Program Engagement with Mali.

Background

An EPA is required for all members having longer-term program engagement with the Fund. EPAs are intended to provide an opportunity to step back from continuing program relations to consider an analysis of the economic problems facing the country, review progress under Fund-supported programs, and draw forward-looking lessons for future Fund engagement.

Since the late 1980s, Mali has almost continuously had a program supported by the Fund under its various concessional lending facilities. In December 2003, a first ex post assessment concluded that Mali had made important progress with respect to macroeconomic management and implementation of structural reforms, but that key challenges remained, including consolidating the fiscal position, bolstering competitiveness and diversifying the economy, and enhancing the business climate—including through privatization and improved governance—in order to spur growth and reduce poverty.

This EPA reviewed Fund’s involvement in Mali from 2004 to 2011, focusing on the implementation of the 2004–07 program supported by the then-existing Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF), and the 2008–11 program supported by the PRGF/Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement.

Executive Board Assessment

Directors noted the findings of EPA of Longer-Term Program Engagement. While the program objective of macroeconomic and financial stability was broadly achieved, as evidenced by the moderate fiscal deficits, low and relatively stable rates of inflation, and the maintenance of a sustainable external debt position, raising economic growth remained a challenge. As highlighted by the EPA, Directors agreed that decisive implementation of structural reforms would be necessary to create conditions for encouraging higher private sector investment and employment. They also agreed that the findings of the EPA would provide helpful guidance in the design of future Fund engagement.

Directors noted that a successor Fund-supported program would help Mali meet its large external financing requirements and strengthen its efforts on structural reforms.



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