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Botswana: Positive prospects for the diamond sector could lead to somewhat higher rates of GDP growth in 2017-19
IMF Staff Concludes 2017 Article IV Visit to Botswana
- Positive prospects for the diamond sector could lead to somewhat higher rates of GDP growth in 2017-19. Fiscal projections envisage moderate deficits this year and the next, with surpluses thereafter.
- Tax revenue reforms need to be accelerated to protect public finances against any adverse developments and maintain the country’s track record of sound fiscal management.
- The inflation rate remained low, close to the lower band of the Bank of Botswana’s inflation objective range of 3–6 percent.
A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Enrique Gelbard visited Gaborone from May 1-16 for discussions on the 2017 Article IV Consultation with Botswana. The discussions covered recent developments and prospects and focused on policies to support continued economic stability and promote inclusive growth. At the end of the visit, Mr. Gelbard issued the following statement:
IMF Staff Completes 2017 Article IV Visit to Zimbabwe
- The economy is facing difficulties as a severe drought and slow reform momentum have led to high expenditure levels since late 2015, despite subdued revenues.
- Spending pressures stem from high employment costs, government transfers to support specific economic sectors, and elevated discretionary expenditure.
- The team recommends taking action to unleash the potential of the private sector and ensure that growth benefits the most vulnerable segments of the population.
An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Ana Lucía Coronel visited Zimbabwe from May 2 to 13, 2017, to hold discussions with the national authorities, private sector representatives, and civil society in the context of the 2017 Article IV Consultations. The discussions covered recent economic developments, the outlook and risks, as well as policies that could restore economic stability.
Togo will receive about US$241.5million from the IMF under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) – a lending arrangement that provides sustained program engagement over the medium to long term in case of protracted balance of payments problems of the IMF. The fund is provided under a three year arrangement and is expected to be used in support of Togo’s economic and financial reform. In the first phase, the country will receive US$34.5 million while the remaining money will be given out following semi-annual reviews by IMF over the three year period. ECF-supported program aims to reinforce macroeconomic stability and to promote sustainable and inclusive growth. It aims to reduce the overall fiscal deficit substantially upfront to ensure long-term debt and external sustainability; refocus policies on sustainable and inclusive growth through targeted social spending and infrastructure spending that is financially sustainable; and resolve the existing financial sector weaknesses, especially in the two public banks.
A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by Mauricio Villafuerte, visited Tanzania from April 3-13, 2017 and held discussions with the authorities on the sixth review under the Policy Support Instrument (PSI) program that was approved on July 16, 2014.
Kenya’s economy has continued to perform well, with real GDP growth reaching 5.9 percent in the first three quarters of 2016, up from 5.6 percent in 2015
With the transition to a new, democratically-elected government, The Gambia is at a historical turning point
Economic prospects are favorable, with growth expected to be around 5 percent in 2017, boosted by anticipated robust activity in the construction sector and tourism industry, and supported by higher inflows of foreign direct investment
- Economic activity continues to be affected by the decline in oil prices and regional security challenges
- IMF staff and the government agreed on the need to move away from the reliance on oil and diversify the economy
- Non-oil output contracted significantly for a second year in a row and inflation was negative in 2016
An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team led by Said Bakhache visited N’Djamena during March 22–April 4, 2017 to assess recent economic developments in Chad and performance under the current financial and economic program supported by the IMF’s Extended Credit Facility (ECF) approved in August 2014. Discussions were also held on the government’s interest in a new program.
Following a meeting with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El Sisi in Washington today, Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), issued the following statement:
“President Sisi and I discussed the progress of Egypt’s economic reform program supported by the IMF’s $12 billion Extended Fund Facility arrangement.