This web page provides information in on the activities of the Office, views of the IMF staff, and the relations between the Republic of the Congo and the IMF. Additional information can be found on Republic of the Congo and IMF country page, including official IMF reports and Executive Board documents in English and French that deal with the Republic of the Congo.
At a Glance : Republic of the Congo's Relations with the IMF
- Current IMF membership: 189 countries
- Republic of the Congo joined the Fund in July 10, 1963; Article VIII
- Total Quotas: SDR 84.60 Million (As of September 30, 2009)
- Loans outstanding: PRGF/ECF Arrangements SDR 16.32 Million
- 2013 Article IV consultation, Country Report 13/282, September 10, 2013
- Press Release: IMF Mission Statement at the Conclusion of the 2014 Article IV Discussions with the Republic of Congo, May 27, 2014
News and Highlights
CEMAC’s economic outlook has changed dramatically since the last discussions because of the significant decline in international oil prices. The financial sector is shallow, and financial intermediation and inclusion are limited. The regional institutions face considerable challenges, including from political interference and capacity constraints. Downside risks are important, as CEMAC is vulnerable to protracted low oil prices and a possible relapse in regional security crises.
November 5, 2015
Economic activity in sub-Saharan Africa has weakened markedly. To be sure, growth—at 3¾ percent this year and 4¼ percent in 2016— still remains higher than in many other emerging and developing regions of the world. Still, the strong growth momentum evident in the region in recent years has dissipated in quite a few cases.
November 5, 2015
The October 2013 Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa provides a comprehensive report on the prospects for growth in the region, as well as the major risks to the outlook.
October 13, 2013
The IMF’s African Department is the hub of the institution’s engagement with low-income member countries. Over the past year, 13 new programs were approved under the IMF’s Policy Support Instrument, and Extended Credit Facility, more flexible policies were implemented to allow for flexible financing of infrastructure investment, and policy advice focused on restoring “macroeconomic buffers” that enabled effective policy responses to mitigate the worst of the impact of the 2009 global economic crisis.
March 22, 2011
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
Republic of Congo and the IMF
September 14, 2016
Author/Editor: Montfort Mlachila ; Ahmat Jidoud ; Monique Newiak ; Bozena Radzewicz-Bak ; Misa Takebe
Series: African Departmental Paper No.16/5
August 29, 2016
August 24, 2016
Author/Editor: International Monetary Fund. African Dept.
Series: Country Report No. 16/277
Notes: Also Available in French
August 24, 2016
Author/Editor: Tetsuya Konuki ; Mauricio Villafuerte
July 8, 2016
Author/Editor: Robert Dippelsman ; Venkat Josyula ; Eric Métreau
Series: Working Paper No. 16/133
Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa
After an extended period of strong economic growth, many sub-Saharan African countries have been hit by a multiple of shocks—the sharp decline in commodity prices, tighter financing conditions, and a severe drought in southern and eastern Africa. Growth fell in 2015 to its lowest level in some 15 years and is expected to slow further to 3 percent in 2016. The growth performance, however, differs across countries, with most oil importers faring reasonably well. The region’s medium-term prospects remain favorable but many countries urgently need to reset their policies to reinvigorate growth and realize this potential. To this end, countries should adjust fiscal policies, and for those outside monetary unions, exchange rate flexibility, as part of a wider policy package, should also generally be part of the first line of defense. In the medium term, policies targeted at diversification and financial sector development could also strengthen resilience and boost growth.
Departmental Papers on Africa
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.
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.