IMFSurvey Magazine: Countries & Regions
October 21, 2014
Combating rising income inequality in sub-Saharan Africa will require a pragmatic, multipronged approach to uncover new sources of revenue while also enabling critical investments in human capital, participants agree at a seminar in Washington, D.C.
October 20, 2014
Strong growth in most of sub-Saharan Africa’s economies should support robust regional expansion in 2014 and 2015, the IMF’s regional outlook says. In most countries, growth benefits from a blend of infrastructure investment, expanding services, and agricultural output.
October 11, 2014
Sustaining growth in sub-Saharan Africa requires addressing structural bottlenecks such as infrastructure gaps and poor business climates, IMF African Department Director Antoinette Sayeh says, adding that avoiding big fiscal and external deficits would also underpin expansion.
October 10, 2014
Economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean has slowed more than anticipated, as weak growth in South America has outweighed an incipient recovery in Mexico, according to the IMF’s latest forecast for the region.
September 26, 2014
As the death toll from Ebola rises and the economic impact of the crisis spreads, the IMF steps in to provide a total of $130 million of emergency financial assistance to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the three West African countries at the center of the epidemic.
September 18, 2014
Italy is struggling to emerge from recession, as tight credit conditions shackle investment, high public debt weighs on future growth prospects and long-standing rigidities hamper productivity, IMF staff said in a regular review of the country’s economy.
September 08, 2014
Lower oil production is set to cut Angola’s economic growth in 2014, before a rebound in the oil industry boosts growth next year, the IMF says in its regular review of the economy of sub-Saharan Africa’s second largest oil producer.
July 31, 2014
In its latest assessment of the Japanese economy, the IMF said the recent economic reforms are taking hold, but they need to be more comprehensive and sustained for an extended period. This would help achieve the new inflation target and guard against headwinds from a shrinking labor force and a large fiscal adjustment need.
July 28, 2014
The UK economy is projected to grow by 3.2 percent in 2014, up from 1.7 percent in 2013. Strong growth is fueling rapid job creation, and inflation is expected to remain low, according to the IMF’s assessment.
October 15, 2014
Amid testing economic times for Europe, well managed investment in infrastructure, along with other structural reforms, stood out as a way to help kick-start the economy, according to prominent speakers at an IMF seminar on the EU’s reform agenda.
October 11, 2014
The three countries worst hit by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa are working on a post-Ebola recovery plan, Sierra Leone Finance Minister Kaifala Marah tells a Washington news conference, adding that the outbreak has reversed years of economic progress in Sierra Leone.
October 10, 2014
Overall economic growth is slowing down in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe (CESEE). The IMF has revised down the 2014 growth forecasts for the region to 1.2 percent largely reflecting the effects of Ukraine-Russia tensions.
October 02, 2014
Rising domestic and foreign investment are set to boost economic activity in Kenya, as the central African country reaps rewards of extensive institutional reforms and prudent macroeconomic policy, the IMF staff says in a regular review of the nation’s economy.
September 24, 2014
On September 2, the IMF approved a $553 million loan for Yemen to support the country’s plans to strengthen fiscal and external positions, boost growth, and fight poverty by reducing inefficient fuel subsidies, improving governance, and increasing monthly allowances paid by the Social Welfare Fund.
September 15, 2014
The global economy could be greatly boosted by unleashing the economic power of women, who remain the world’s largest excluded group, the head of the IMF told a high level gathering in Japan.
July 30, 2014
After three decades of remarkable growth, China’s economy has been slowing. The country needs to implement the announced reform agenda and address vulnerabilities to secure a safer development path, said the IMF.
July 23, 2014
The U.S. recovery is gathering steam but managing the exit from zero interest rates and boosting potential growth remain top priorities, the IMF said in its most recent report on the world’s largest economy.