Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic Regional Resident Representative Site
Regional Resident Representative Office in Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic
This web page presents information about the work of the IMF in Central America, Panama and the Dominican Republic, including the activities of the IMF Regional Representative Office. Additional information can be found on the IMF country pages of the enlarged Central American region (Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama), including official IMF reports and Executive Board documents in English and Spanish that deal with Central America as a region and with each of its countries.
News and Highlights
Press Release: Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic: Challenges Following the 2008-09 Global Crisis
Letter of Condolence of the IMF Deputy Managing Director, Naoyuki Shinohara, to Guatemala's IMF Governor, Bank of Guatemala's President Edgar Barquín
Central America and The IMF
Press Release: Statement at the Conclusion of the XII Regional Conference on Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic
Transcript of a Press Briefing by Gerry Rice, Director of the Communications Department, International Monetary Fund
Regional Economic Outlook Update: Western Hemisphere
Growth in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) remains in low gear, reflecting a less supportive external environment and, in some cases, domestic supply-side constraints. The region's output is projected to expand by 2¾ percent in 2013, with domestic demand remaining the main driver. The growth rate is expected to edge up to 3 percent in 2014 as external demand strengthens gradually, but will remain below the average growth rate of the last decade. In countries with low inflation and anchored inflation expectations, monetary policy should be the first line of defense if downside risks to the baseline materialize. Fiscal consolidation remains appropriate for countries with tight capacity constraints or limited fiscal space; it will also help constrain the continued widening of current account deficits. Safeguarding financial stability is a key priority in an environment of tighter global financial conditions and increased asset price volatility.