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Oil storage tank in Hamburg, Germany. WEO Update shows falling oil prices a net positive for global growth, but not enough to offset weak investment (photo: Christian Charisius/Reuters/Corbis)
January 20, 2015
In the News
December 12, 2014
Countries from Latin America should build on progress made over the past two decades and implement policies to boost growth, job creation, and move faster toward shared prosperity, participants at a two-day conference in Chile said.
December 05, 2014
Despite recent challenges facing Latin America, the immense potential of this diverse region is evident and will drive further progress in years to come, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said at a regional conference in Chile.
October 15, 2014
Public infrastructure investment can boost both short-term and long-term growth in countries across the development spectrum, provided that the investment raises the economy’s productive capacity, participants agreed at a conference.
IMF Survey Interview
December 22, 2014
While banks in the GCC countries are generally well capitalized, it is difficult for them to have a truly diversified credit portfolio given the structure of their economies, which exposes them to risks that require a greater amount of scrutiny, a new IMF study finds.
December 09, 2014
The decline in economic growth in the euro area due to the financial crisis accounts for half the increase in youth unemployment in the region, according to IMF staff research released today.
November 17, 2014
Improving the efficiency of public infrastructure investment across many oil exporters in the Middle East and North Africa and the Caucasus and Central Asia is now more important than ever, a new IMF study says.
What the Numbers Show
Did You Know?
The world’s population is projected to rise from 7 billion this year to over 9 billion in 2050. But low fertility combined with the fact that people are living longer means that 1.25 billion elderly (ages 60+) and 1 billion working-age adults will be added to the global population by 2050, while the number of people younger than 25 will hold steady at 3 billion.
Countries & Regions
January 14, 2015
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.
January 14, 2015
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) reached out to parliamentarians from the Middle East and North African (MENA) countries, sponsoring a seminar to foster greater understanding of the global and regional roles of the two institutions and exchange views on the economic issues facing the region.
December 23, 2014
Countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council will have to adjust the incentives of workers and firms to encourage them to work and produce in the non-oil tradable sector if these economies are to succeed in diversifying their economies, a new IMF study says.
October 08, 2014
At a time when job creation sits atop the policy agenda globally, fiscal policies can help support job creation—although designing the right policies will depend on conditions in individual countries, says the IMF’s latest Fiscal Monitor.
October 01, 2014
Shadow banking is both a boon and a bane for countries, and to reap its benefits, policymakers should minimize the risks it poses to the overall financial system, according to the International Monetary Fund’s latest Global Financial Stability Report.