Resident Representative Office in the Pacific Islands
This web page presents information about the work of the IMF in Pacific Islands Countries, including the activities of the IMF Regional Resident Representative Office based in Suva, Fiji. Additional information can be found on the IMF country pages for Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu, including IMF reports and Executive Board documents that deal with issues in Pacific Island Countries.
News — Highlights
Pacific Island Countries (PICs): Key Macro Challenges and Linkages to the Technical Assistance (TA) Program
Pacific Islands and the IMF
November 18, 2015
Series: Country Report No. 15/319
Papua New Guinea: 2015 Article IV Consultation-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Papua New Guinea
November 18, 2015
Series: Country Report No. 15/318
Statement by the Hon. Patrick Pruaitch, Governor of the World Bank Group and the IMF for Papua New Guinea
October 9, 2015
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Regional Economic Outlook: Asia and Pacific
While Asia's growth has recently disappointed, the region is expected to grow at a steady 5.4 percent in 2015-16, remaining the global growth leader. Asia's growth should benefit from relatively strong labor markets and disposable income growth along with the ongoing gradual recovery in major advanced economies. Across most major Asian economies, lower commodity prices should help consumption. Negative risks to growth dominate, especially the possibility of a sharper slowdown in China or larger spillovers from the changing composition of China's demand. In addition, further U.S. dollar strength accompanied by a sudden tightening of global financial conditions, weaker growth in Japan, and weaker regional potential growth could also dim Asia's growth prospects. High leverage could amplify shocks, and lower commodity prices will also hurt corporate investment in key commodity-producing sectors. All in all, despite its resilient outlook, Asia is facing a challenging economic environment. This calls for carefully calibrated macroeconomic policies and a renewed impetus on structural reforms to facilitate investment and improve economic efficiency, bolstering economic resilience and potential growth.