Papua New Guinea:2016 Article IV Consultation-Press Release; and Staff Report

Publication Date:

January 30, 2017

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This 2016 Article IV Consultation highlights that Papua New Guinea is facing headwinds stemming from low commodity prices and is recovering from a major drought; these factors have weighed on economic growth, weakened the external position, and created fiscal challenges. Foreign exchange (FX) remains in short supply, but inflows have recently picked up somewhat. Near-term risks to the outlook are tilted to the downside, as fiscal retrenchment may have a greater impact on the economy than currently expected and the limited availability of FX continues to constrain imports and economic activity. A further drop in commodity prices would weaken the external and fiscal positions.

Series:

Country Report No. 2017/022

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

January 30, 2017

ISBN/ISSN:

9781475572384/1934-7685

Stock No:

1PNGEA2017001

Pages:

66

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