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2018-04-23 14:15:00

IMF WANTS AFRICA

IMF WANTS AFRICA

IMF- Governor Tarek Amer, Chairman of the African Caucus, and Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), co-chaired the African Consultative Group meeting today at the IMF Headquarters. They issued the following statement after the conclusion of the Group's meeting in Washington: 

"We had very productive discussions on Africa's economic developments and prospects. Growth began to recover in 2017 and is expected to continue to strengthen in 2018. But, growth remains too low on a per-capita basis, and there are significant downside risks to the outlook. These risks include a sharp tightening of global financial conditions, weaker than expected growth in key advanced and emerging economies, escalating trade tensions and ongoing security concerns.

"Against this backdrop, we agreed that reducing macroeconomic vulnerabilities and boosting private investment is necessary to lay the groundwork for transforming the current recovery into a sustainable growth spell and accelerating progress towards the SDGs. In particular, with public debt levels rising rapidly in many countries, containing debt vulnerabilities while creating room for much needed development spending requires continued efforts to boost revenue mobilization. In addition, sustainable growth and job creation requires reinvigorating private investment. We concurred that deepening financial systems and boosting FDI would help expand financing to the private sector. Advancing regional integration holds immense potential. Finally, other initiatives, such as public-private partnerships and special economic zones, can play a catalytic role in promoting structural transformation, but care is needed to contain contingent fiscal risks."

Governor Tarek Amer noted that "we agreed on the need to accelerate structural reforms and access to finance in order to raise overall investment and medium-term growth rates to support job creation. The Fund, through its policy advice, can assist countries to design and implement growth-friendly fiscal adjustment, when needed, that responds to the country-specific sources of debt vulnerabilities while preserving needed investments in infrastructure, human capital, and other priority expenditures. In this context, countries need space to provide an appropriate social safety net and address security threats in order to maintain social cohesion. The Fund can support efforts to prioritize structural reforms, drawing on lessons from successful experiences of diversification, improved competitiveness, and fighting corruption, including by limiting illicit flows. We call on the Fund to continue to support, through policy advice and capacity building, the regional and international initiatives aimed at reinvigorating private investment, trade, debt management, and to assist countries to take advantage of the opportunities provided by digitalization."

Ms. Lagarde stated that "the IMF will remain closely engaged with its African members. The Fund will continue to support the authorities' efforts to address the current macroeconomic and structural challenges and achieve a stronger and durable and inclusive growth."

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Earlier:

 AFRICA NEEDS GOOD PRICE
2017, December, 15, 13:15:00

AFRICA NEEDS GOOD PRICE

BLOOMBERG - The region’s median government debt level will probably exceed 50 percent of gross domestic product this year from 34 percent in 2013, while the cost of servicing the liabilities will average almost 10 percent compared with half that four years ago, the International Monetary Fund said.

 

 WBG - AFRICA'S ECOMOMIC DIFFICULTIES
2017, April, 12, 17:30:00

WBG - AFRICA'S ECOMOMIC DIFFICULTIES

Nigeria, South Africa, and Angola, the continent’s largest economies, are seeing a rebound from the sharp slowdown in 2016, but the recovery has been slow due to insufficient adjustment to low commodity prices and policy uncertainty. Furthermore, several oil exporters in the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) are facing economic difficulties.

 

 WBG: SUSTAINABLE AFRICA
2017, March, 24, 19:05:00

WBG: SUSTAINABLE AFRICA

The scaled-up IDA financing will build on a portfolio of 448 ongoing projects in Africa totaling about $50 billion. Of this, a $1.6 billion financing package is being developed to tackle the impending threat of famine in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa and other regions.

 

 STRENGTHENING IMF - 2
2017, March, 22, 18:40:00

STRENGTHENING IMF - 2

I strongly welcome the proposed compacts between African and G20 countries to build capacity and unlock investment flows. All five countries in the first wave have Fund-supported arrangements. We will work closely with the authorities to strengthen their macroeconomic frameworks and will step up the provision of technical assistance.

 

 IEA: ENERGY IS A KEY
2014, October, 14, 20:45:00

IEA: ENERGY IS A KEY

Increasing access to modern forms of energy is crucial to unlocking faster economic and social development in sub‑Saharan Africa, according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Africa Energy Outlook, a Special Report in the 2014 World Energy Outlook series.

 

 FOCUS TO AFRICA
2014, June, 29, 19:55:00

FOCUS TO AFRICA

Rothschild fund turns focus to Africa

 

 

 

 

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