IMFSurvey Magazine: Countries & Regions
March 24, 2015
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.
March 16, 2015
More women need to be moved from non-regular to regular employment, and supported through appropriate public policies if Japan and Korea are to raise the number of working women, according to a new IMF Working Paper.
March 11, 2015
The Indian economy is reviving, helped by positive policy actions that have improved confidence and by lower global oil prices, says the IMF in its annual assessment of the Indian economy
March 03, 2015
After a year of very strong growth of 6 percent, lower energy export prices in 2015 will likely contribute to growth moderating to a still impressive rate of close to 5 percent, say IMF economists.
February 26, 2015
The plunge in oil prices since mid-2014 shows that Gabon’s plan to diversify its economy away from overdependence on oil is clearly the right way to go and is now more relevant than ever, IMF staff says in a regular review of the Central African nation’s economy.
February 23, 2015
The Moroccan economy is faring better due to significant progress in implementing economic reforms, but the country should sustain efforts to maintain gains and achieve higher and inclusive growth, the IMF said in its latest annual assessment of the economy and first review of the liquidity line that Morocco obtained from the global lender in 2014.
February 11, 2015
Following four years of political uncertainty and economic slowdown, Egypt has chosen a path of adjustment and reform which, if followed resolutely, will lead to economic stability and growth, the IMF said in its first comprehensive assessment of the North African nation’s economy since 2010.
February 04, 2015
Rapid expansion of cross-border banking in Africa in recent years poses oversight challenges that, if unaddressed, may increase systemic risks, IMF staff say. A recent report adds that pan-African banks are now more important than the continent’s long-established European and American banks.
February 02, 2015
The IMF Executive Board approves a financing package of about $700 million for Kenya that the country’s authorities plan to use as insurance against external shocks. Kenya plans not to draw on this precautionary financing unless the balance of payments comes under pressure.
March 13, 2015
Iceland has rebounded after the 2008/9 crisis and will soon surpass pre-crisis output levels with strong performance in tourism and fisheries. Debt ratios are down, balance sheets have broadly been restored, and the financial sector is back on track although some important items remain on the docket.
February 27, 2015
The IMF Executive Board approves $36.5 million in debt relief to Liberia in the form of a grant from a new trust set up to help low-income countries recover from natural disasters. The IMF says the move aims to help Liberia counter effects of the Ebola crisis.
February 26, 2015
An IMF staff team in Ghana reaches agreement with the government on a new economic reform program that would be supported by an IMF loan of about $940 million. The loan would back a program aimed at boosting economic growth and tightening fiscal discipline.
February 17, 2015
The IMF Executive Board approves release of $25.9 million to Guinea under the West African country’s existing IMF-backed program, and also boosts financing under the program by an extra $37.7 million, to help the country fight Ebola.
February 03, 2015
Canada’s economic performance has been solid, largely thanks to a stronger U.S. recovery. Growth momentum will ease slightly this year, reflecting substantially lower oil prices, and become more balanced with a cooling housing market, said the IMF in its regular assessment of the country’s economy.
February 02, 2015
Low-income economies aspiring to make a decisive stride toward middle-income status may learn a lot from the experience of peer countries that have made the move, brainstorming participants conclude at an event at IMF headquarters in Washington, D.C.
January 21, 2015
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.