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Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic Regional Resident Representative Site

Regional Resident Representative Office in Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic

January 2010

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

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Press Release: Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic: Challenges Following the 2008-09 Global Crisis

January 21, 2013 click for more

Letter of Condolence of the IMF Deputy Managing Director, Naoyuki Shinohara, to Guatemala's IMF Governor, Bank of Guatemala's President Edgar Barquín

November 12, 2012 click for more

Elected president meets IMF authorities

XI Annual Regional Conference on Central America, Panama and the Dominican Republic; July 26-27, 2012 click for more

Danilo Medina discuss possible agreement with IMF

XI Annual Regional Conference on Central America, Panama and the Dominican Republic; July 26-27, 2012 click for more

Danilo Medina takes on agreement with IMF

XI Annual Regional Conference on Central America, Panama and the Dominican Republic; July 26-27, 2012 click for more

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Central America and The IMF

Press Release: IMF Announces Finalists for Student Essay Contest: “How to Build a Better Future for Latin America”

July 24, 2014

Guatemala: Concluding Statement of the 2014 Article IV Mission

July 7, 2014

Press Release: IMF Concludes Staff Visit to El Salvador

June 19, 2014

Press Release: IMF Executive Board Concludes 2014 Article IV Consultation and Second Post-Program Monitoring Discussion with the Dominican Republic

June 13, 2014

Press Release: IMF Executive Board Concludes 2014 Article IV Consultation with Honduras

June 13, 2014

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Regional Economic Outlook Update: Western Hemisphere

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Growth across Latin America and the Caribbean is expected to remain subdued at 2.5 percent in 2014. The firming recovery in the advanced economies will support export activity, but this positive impulse is likely to be offset in many countries by the impact of lower commodity prices, tighter external financing conditions, and domestic supply bottlenecks. Renewed volatility in financial markets and a sharper-than-expected decline in commodity prices represent distinct downside risks. Faced with these challenges, policymakers should seek to preserve credible policy frameworks and ensure sufficient buffers to cope with adverse shocks. For fiscal policy, a neutral to tighter stance will be appropriate in most countries, while exchange rate flexibility and proactive supervision of the financial system should serve as the principal defenses against external volatility. To boost medium-term growth prospects, further efforts are needed to raise infrastructure investment, improve educational outcomes, and enhance the business environment. Click for more

2014 Annual Meetings

Regional Resident Representative for Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic

Mario Garza

Mario Garza
Regional Resident Representative
7a Ave. 22-01, Zona 1
Central Bank of Guatemala
Guatemala City
PBX IMF (502) 2390-6060
PBX BANGUAT: (502) 2429-6000 Ext. 7760
Email: ca-office@imf.org