Mideast policymakers and experts discussed reform agenda during the 2014 IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C. (photo: IMF)
April 16, 2014
Countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) need resolute policy actions to lift growth, create jobs, promote fairness, and diversify their economies, says the IMF.
Spring MeetingsSeminar on the Middle East
Press briefingEconomic transformation
April 12, 2014New revenue streams from oil and gas would be devoted to investments in roads, railways, ports, and power, African finance officials say. They tell a news briefing that Africa’s “infrastructure gap” will have to be overcome to help achieve inclusive growth.
April 04, 2014The Islamic Republic of Iran has made progress toward stabilizing its economy in recent months, but the country needs to advance comprehensive reforms to lay the basis for a return to growth and create needed jobs, the IMF says.
March 27, 2014Chad’s GDP growth rate is set to spike above 10 percent in 2014 from 3.6 percent last year, helped by high oil prices, the coming on stream of new oil-related projects, and strong agricultural production, an IMF review of the country’s economy says.
March 25, 2014With the aim of scaling up its support for capacity development in West Africa, the IMF opens a new regional technical assistance center in Accra, Ghana, the fifth such center in Africa and the ninth worldwide.
March 20, 2014As Central African countries seek new sources of financing for infrastructure, policymakers will have to avoid high indebtedness, a conference in Cameroon hears. The event examines how to leverage existing financing and promote innovative alternatives.
March 14, 2014At a series of gatherings across Latin America co-hosted by the IMF, university students voice their concerns about the impact of the uncertain global environment on their countries and their worries about access to education and employment.
February 27, 2014The latest issue of the IMF’s magazine, Finance & Development (F&D), focuses on Europe’s drive toward economic integration—the forces bringing it together and those pushing it apart, with contradictory views on how this can work.
February 20, 2014A new report released by the IMF says Spain’s efforts to reform its financial sector have substantially reduced the likelihood of threats spreading from banks to the rest of the economy.
February 03, 2014Canada’s economy is expected to grow to 2¼ percent in 2014—up from an estimated 1¾ percent in 2013—and the pickup in exports and business investment will generate more balanced, sustainable growth, said the IMF.
January 17, 2014Slovenia’s economic downturn persisted in 2013, but as reforms continue to be implemented across the banking and corporate sectors the economy could soon show signs of improvement.
April 11, 2014Sub-Saharan Africa’s economic achievements over the past decade have sparked optimism about a continent on the rise, but those gains also have prompted caution about the core issues still to be addressed by policymakers, a Washington conference hears.
March 31, 2014The mix of investors in emerging market stocks and bonds has evolved considerably over the past 15 years, which has made capital flows and asset prices in these countries more sensitive to events outside their own borders, according to new research from the International Monetary Fund.
March 26, 2014If natural resource development is properly managed, the associated revenue can be used to speed up growth, reduce inequality, and lift people out of poverty.
March 24, 2014China could ensure more sustainable, higher-quality growth in future by unleashing the services sector, creating a modern, globally-integrated financial sector, and by adopting measures to safeguard the environment, says the head of the IMF.
March 19, 2014The experience of the boom and bust in 2008-09 demonstrates the vulnerability of the member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)—Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates—to credit and asset price cycles, and makes macroprudential policies especially important, says IMF.
March 05, 2014An IMF staff team is in Kiev to conduct a technical, independent analysis of the economic situation and to begin a preliminary dialog with Ukrainian authorities on a possible Fund-supported economic program.
February 20, 2014India has restored macroeconomic and financial stability, but structural impediments to growth and persistently high inflation remain key concerns, the IMF says in its annual report on the state of the Indian economy.
February 12, 2014Australia’s mining investment boom has passed its peak, and the country is now confronting the need to generate broader-based growth, says the IMF in its annual assessment of the Australian economy.
February 03, 2014Similar to other advanced economy commodity-exporting countries, Canadian banks have been among the most profitable since 2008. But the country’s housing market is a potential risk to financial stability, according to the IMF’s latest assessment of the country’s financial sector.
January 13, 2014The IMF has revamped its methodology to determine which countries are required to go under the financial microscope on a regular basis and added four new ones to the list: Poland, Denmark, Finland, and Norway. This brings to 29 the total number of countries to undergo mandatory financial sector assessments.
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