IMFSurvey Magazine: Countries & Regions
June 25, 2015
The IMF’s Executive Board renews its support for Senegal’s economic and financial policies by approving a third straight endorsement of the West African nation’s policy program. The program underpins Senegal’s goal of attaining emerging-economy status by 2035.
June 23, 2015
Cyprus has made good progress in implementing its economic program, notably reforms to ease the burden of bad loans. In the first quarter of 2015, the nation returned to positive growth for the first time in four years.
June 05, 2015
Despite the challenges posed by the ongoing economic slowdown in Latin America, the current difficulties may also open up new opportunities for tackling deep-seated problems, participants said at a conference on Latin America.
May 22, 2015
Korea can use additional stimulus measures, if necessary, to restore growth momentum in the near term, while structural reforms are key to address longer-term growth challenges, say IMF Economists.
May 19, 2015
The West Bank and Gaza will need policy discipline and donor support in the short run, but a new financing model will be essential over the medium term for sustained private-sector-led growth, the IMF says.
May 10, 2015
Countries in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe (CESEE) are facing mixed economic fortunes, according to a new report on the region. In addition to the legacies of the crisis, external forces are at play: the oil price, the strength of the euro area recovery, and geopolitical tensions.
May 06, 2015
Growth in Asia and the Pacific will continue to outperform the rest of the world, and is expected to remain steady at 5.6 percent in 2015, easing slightly to 5.5 percent in 2016, according to the IMF’s Regional Economic Outlook for Asia and the Pacific.
April 30, 2015
Latin America’s bold fiscal stimulus in 2009 cushioned the impact of the global financial crisis, but the increase in spending has proved difficult to reverse, even as growth recovered, according to a new IMF study.
April 28, 2015
Growth in sub-Saharan Africa should remain robust but decelerate in the wake of the decline in oil and commodity prices, the IMF’s latest Regional Economic Outlook says, adding that the economy of the region is set to register another year of solid performance.
April 17, 2015
After a period of rapid growth, Asia should expect much slower economic expansion in the future as the region is likely to revert to levels of average growth, a former U.S. Treasury Secretary has told an audience at the IMF-World Bank Meetings.
June 08, 2015
The sharp drop in oil prices poses significant challenges to Colombia’s near-term outlook, but strong economic policies are expected to moderate the growth slowdown in 2015, said the IMF in its annual assessment of the Colombian economy.
May 27, 2015
Like many countries in Latin America, growth in Peru slowed markedly in 2014, but is expected to recover this year, supported by strong policy responses, the IMF said in its annual report on the Peruvian economy.
May 19, 2015
Growth in the Caucasus and Central Asia is expected to decline by 2 percent this year as a result of lower commodity prices and the economic slowdown in Russia, says the latest regional forecast by IMF staff.
May 06, 2015
The International Monetary Fund has announced a photo contest to highlight the economic and social challenges, and the potential of Latin America and the Caribbean, as seen through the eyes of young people from the region.
May 05, 2015
The Middle East and North Africa region is experiencing a modest economic recovery, despite the sharp drop in oil prices and deepening conflicts, the IMF says in its latest regional assessment.
April 29, 2015
Growth in Latin America and the Caribbean is expected to decline for a fifth consecutive year—dipping below 1 percent in 2015—although there are clear differences along North-South lines, the IMF said in its latest regional forecast.
April 19, 2015
After years of political transition, some countries in the Middle East and North Africa are seeing a pickup in economic activity, but the region still needs to foster the kind of growth that generates jobs and raises standards of living over the medium term, the IMF says.
April 17, 2015
Managing the impact of sharply lower oil prices is sub-Saharan Africa’s short-term policy priority, IMF African Department Director Antoinette Sayeh says, adding that the subcontinent is still set to remain one of the world’s fastest-growing regions this year.
April 03, 2015
The IMF Executive Board approves a $918 million loan to Ghana to support a reform program aimed at faster growth and job creation while protecting social spending. The three-year financing package backs a plan that was agreed in principle by an IMF staff team in February.