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Palm nursery in Pujehun, Sierra Leone, where non-mineral economy shrank in 2014 as Ebola outbreak cut activity (photo: Simon Akam/Reuters/Newscom)
March 24, 2015
The IMF Executive Board approves a loan and grant package for Sierra Leone to help the West African country counter an economic slump, engendered by the Ebola outbreak and a sharp drop in iron ore prices, that is stretching the country’s social protection system.
In the News
February 26, 2015
Today’s job market demands more specialized skills, with migration and technology helping—not hurting—chances of high-quality employment, according to the March 2015 issue of Finance & Development (F&D) magazine.
February 05, 2015
The IMF will provide grants totaling $100 million to be used as debt relief to the three countries worst hit by the Ebola epidemic. Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone will use the funds to cover the cost of servicing their debt.
January 26, 2015
From the start of 2015, the IMF has made its online economic data available to everyone free of charge. Users have access to a wealth of macroeconomic data covering all economic sectors of a large part of the IMF’s member countries.
IMF Survey Interview
December 22, 2014
While banks in the GCC countries are generally well capitalized, it is difficult for them to have a truly diversified credit portfolio given the structure of their economies, which exposes them to risks that require a greater amount of scrutiny, a new IMF study finds.
December 09, 2014
The decline in economic growth in the euro area due to the financial crisis accounts for half the increase in youth unemployment in the region, according to IMF staff research released today.
November 17, 2014
Improving the efficiency of public infrastructure investment across many oil exporters in the Middle East and North Africa and the Caucasus and Central Asia is now more important than ever, a new IMF study says.
What the Numbers Show
Did You Know?
The world’s population is projected to rise from 7 billion this year to over 9 billion in 2050. But low fertility combined with the fact that people are living longer means that 1.25 billion elderly (ages 60+) and 1 billion working-age adults will be added to the global population by 2050, while the number of people younger than 25 will hold steady at 3 billion.
Countries & Regions
February 27, 2015
The IMF Executive Board approves $36.5 million in debt relief to Liberia in the form of a grant from a new trust set up to help low-income countries recover from natural disasters. The IMF says the move aims to help Liberia counter effects of the Ebola crisis.
February 26, 2015
An IMF staff team in Ghana reaches agreement with the government on a new economic reform program that would be supported by an IMF loan of about $940 million. The loan would back a program aimed at boosting economic growth and tightening fiscal discipline.
February 04, 2015
Rapid expansion of cross-border banking in Africa in recent years poses oversight challenges that, if unaddressed, may increase systemic risks, IMF staff say. A recent report adds that pan-African banks are now more important than the continent’s long-established European and American banks.
January 29, 2015
Policymakers have made progress in reforming securitization markets, and they have to finish the task to mitigate the risks and ensure these markets contribute to economic growth and financial stability.