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 XIII Regional Conference on Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic
13th Regional Conference on Central America, Panamá, and the Dominican Republic (CAPDR), Opening Remarks by Mitsuhiro Furusawa, Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
13th Regional Conference on Central America, Panamá, and the Dominican Republic (CAPDR), Keynote Speech by Mitsuhiro Furusawa, Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Press Release: IMF and El Salvador to Hold Central American Conference, Focusing on Regional Outlook, Fiscal Policy, and Financial Integration
Regional Economic Outlook Update: Western Hemisphere
The economic outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean remains very challenging. Regional growth is projected to decline for a fifth consecutive year in 2015, dipping below 1 percent. Weakness is concentrated among South America's commodity exporters, where falling global commodity prices have compounded country-specific challenges. Meanwhile, growth is projected to be steady or stronger for most of the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico, supported by lower oil bills for importers and robust economic recovery in the United States. The analysis in this report examines core challenges facing the region: the impact of lower commodity prices on fiscal and external positions, the drivers of the slowdown in investment, and the role of economic diversification for longer-term growth prospects.