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Sierra Leone Resident Representative Site

Resident Representative Office in Sierra Leone

June 1, 2009

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

News and Highlights


IMF's Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust

Frequently Asked Questions on the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust click for more

Sierra Leone and the IMF

History of Engagement--Economic Policy Advice, Technical Assistance, Balance of Payments Financing, and Catalytic Role for Budget Support; May 2013 click for more

Sierra Leone: Resident Representative’s Report on Seminar for Mayors/Chairmen of City/District Councils in Kenema

February 28-March 2, 2013 click for more

Sierra Leone and the International Monetary Fund-the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility 2006–2010

IMF Executive Directors completed the second review under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF) arrangement with Sierra Leone, extending the program, initially due to end in mid-2009, for another year. This note sketches the salient features of the current program between Sierra Leone and the International Monetary Fund click for more

IMF Survey: Sound Policies, Support Can Help Africa Ride Crisis

IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn says Africa will not be spared the consequences of the global crisis and that the significant gains many countries have made in recent years in the fight against poverty are now at risk click for more

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Sierra Leone and The IMF

Sierra Leone: Third and Fourth Reviews Under the Extended Credit Facility Arrangement and Financing Assurances Review, Requests for Waivers for Nonobservance of Performance Criteria and Modification of Performance Criteria, and Requests for Rephasing and Augmentation of Access Under the Extended Credit Facility-Press Release; and Staff Report

November 24, 2015
Series: Country Report No. 15/323 click for more

Press Release: IMF Executive Board Completes Third and Fourth Review of Sierra Leone’s Arrangement under the Extended Credit Facility, and Approves US$46.14 Million Disbursement

November 16, 2015

Sierra Leone -- Letter of Intent, Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies, and Technical Memorandum of Understanding, October 30, 2015

October 30, 2015
PDF File Size: 638Kb click for more

Press Release: IMF Staff Completes Review Mission to Sierra Leone

September 15, 2015

Podcast : Sub-Saharan Africa Getting a Grip on Inflation

September 10, 2015
Inflation can determine a currency’s purchasing power as high inflation means rising prices. But what drives inflation differs from region to region. In this podcast we talk with Oral Williams, IMF Mission Chief for Malawi and coauthor of a new research paper that shows the drivers of inflation are changing in sub-Saharan Africa. click for more

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Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa

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Growth in sub-Saharan Africa has weakened after more than a decade of solid growth, although this overall outlook masks considerable variation across the region. Some countries have been negatively affected by falling prices of their main commodity exports. Oil-exporting countries, including Nigeria and Angola, have been hit hard by falling revenues and the resulting fiscal adjustments, while middle-income countries such as Ghana, South Africa, and Zambia are also facing unfavorable conditions. This October 2015 report discusses the fiscal and monetary policy adjustments necessary for these countries to adapt to the new environment. Chapter 2 looks at competitiveness in the region, analyzing the substantial trade integration that accompanied the recent period of high growth, and policy actions to nurture new sources of growth. Chapter 3 looks at the implications for the region of persistently high income and gender inequality and ways to reduce them. Click for more

Monitoring and Managing Fiscal Risks in the East African Community

Building Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa's Fragile States

Monitoring and managing fiscal risks—defined as the possibility of deviations of fiscal outcomes from what was expected at the time of the budget or other forecast—are always key aspects of policymaking. Their importance in the East African Community (EAC, consisting of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) is reinforced by the drive toward the East African Monetary Union (EAMU). Indeed, fiscal risks are unlikely to be fully captured by headline fiscal indicators—such as the deficit and debt of the government—that will serve as convergence criteria for the EAMU.

Toward a Monetary Union in the East African Community

Building Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa's Fragile States

In late 2013 the East African Community (EAC) countries (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda) signed a joint protocol setting out the process and convergence criteria for an EAC monetary union. The signing of the protocol represents a further step toward regional economic integration. It follows ratification of the protocols for a customs union (2005) and the common market (2010). Envisaged in 2024 is the introduction of a common currency to replace the national currencies of member countries.

Building Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa's Fragile States

Building Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa's Fragile States

Fragile states—states in which the government is unable to deliver basic services and security to the population—face severe and entrenched obstacles to economic and human development. While definitions of fragility and country circumstances differ, fragile states generally have a combination of weak and non-inclusive institutions, poor governance, low capacity, and constraints in pursuing a common national interest. As a result, these countries typically display an elevated risk of both political instability (including civil conflict), and economic instability (through a low level of public service provision, inadequate economic management, and difficulties to absorb or respond to shocks). Crises in such countries can also have significant adverse spillovers on other countries. In contrast, resilience can be defined as a condition where institutional strength, capacity, and social cohesion are sufficiently strong for the state to promote security and development and to respond effectively to shocks.

Pan-African Banking : Opportunities and Challenges for Cross-Border Oversight

Pan-African Banking : Opportunities and Challenges for Cross-Border Oversight

Pan-African banks are expanding rapidly across the continent, creating cross-border networks, and having a systemic presence in the banking sectors of many Sub-Saharan African countries. These banking groups are fostering financial development and economic integration, stimulating competition and efficiency, introducing product innovation and modern management and information systems, and bringing higher skills and expertise to host countries. At the same time, the rise of pan-African banks presents new challenges for regulators and supervisors. As networks expand, new channels for transmission of macro-financial risks and spillovers across home and host countries may emerge. To ensure that the gains from cross border banking are sustained and avoid raising financial stability risks, enhanced cross-border cooperation on regulatory and supervisory oversight is needed, in particular to support effective supervision on a consolidated basis. This paper takes stock of the development of pan-African banking groups; identifies regulatory, supervisory and resolution gaps; and suggests how the IMF can help the authorities address the related challenges.

IMF Opens Africa Training Institute in Mauritius

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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.