This web page provides information on the activities of the Office, views of the IMF staff, and the relations between Burkina Faso and the IMF. Additional information can be found on Burkina Faso and IMF country page, including official IMF reports and Executive Board documents in English and French that deal with Burkina Faso.

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At a Glance

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Office Activities

  • Africa’s Success: More Than A Resource Story

    By Antoinette M. Sayeh

    October 31, 2013

  • NewsLIC

    A Newsletter of the IMF on Low-income countries; November 2012

    November 7, 2012

  • IMF Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa: Recovery and New Risks

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today released the May 2011 Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa. Ms. Antoinette Monsio Sayeh, Director of the IMF's African Department commented on the report's main findings:

    May 16, 2011

  • Africa Faces Twin Challenges After Global Crisis

    With world recovery under way, Africa faces the twin challenges of reviving strong growth and reinforcing resilience to the economic shocks that regularly batter the continent, IMF officials say as Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn embarks on a three-country visit to the region.

    March 5, 2010

  • Le secteur privé gagne du terrain en Afrique (français)

    Dans un entretien avec le Bulletin du FMI en ligne, Mme Antoinette Sayeh, directrice du Département Afrique, a expliqué que depuis quelques années, l’Afrique a fait preuve d’une plus grande ouverture à l’initiative privée. Comme par ailleurs le climat des affaires est devenu plus attrayant, les investissements étrangers sont restés abondants.

    March 5, 2010

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Regional Economic Outlook

Sub-Saharan Africa: Restarting the Growth Engine

May 2017

Growth momentum in sub-Saharan Africa remains fragile, marking a break from the rapid expansion witnessed since the turn of the millennium. 2016 was a difficult year for many countries, with regional growth dipping to 1.4 percent—the lowest level of growth in more than two decades. Most oil exporters were in recession, and conditions in other resource-intensive countries remained difficult. Other nonresource-intensive countries however, continued to grow robustly. A modest recovery in growth of about 2.6 percent is expected in 2017, but this falls short of past trends and is too low to put sub-Saharan Africa back on a path of rising living standards. While sub-Saharan Africa remains a region with tremendous growth potential, the deterioration in the overall outlook partly reflects insufficient policy adjustment. In that context, and to reap this potential, strong and sound domestic policy measures are needed to restart the growth engine. Read the report

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Departmental Papers on Africa

Africa Departmental Papers Cover The Departmental African Paper Series covers research on Sub-Saharan Africa conducted by International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff, particularly on issues of broad regional or cross-country interest. The views expressed in these papers are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF, its Executive Board, or IMF management.

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IMF Opens Africa Training Institute in Mauritius

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on June 26, 2014 opened the Africa Training Institute (ATI) in Ebene, Mauritius, adding an important regional center to a global network of centers helping to develop countries' policymaking capacity by transferring economic skills and best practices.