IMFSurvey Magazine: Countries & Regions
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 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.
April 07, 2015
Pakistan has succeeded in stabilizing its economy, but steady implementation of reforms will be vital if the country hopes to find a place among the world’s fast-growing emerging markets, the IMF says.
March 30, 2015
Improving access to financial services can make a difference in Africa’s economic performance, Central African policymakers hear at a conference on financial inclusion in the region held in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.
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.
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.