The IMF Country Reports Series covers economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with officials of the country, is published at the option of the member.
This Selected Issues paper on the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) underlies economic development. Since independence, the FSM has been heavily dependent on assistance from the United States. With government expenditure of more than 60 percent of GDP, the private sector remains underdeveloped, functioning largely as a provider of services to the public sector. Under a comprehensive reform scenario, further budgetary efforts are to be taken, as well as structural reforms. Given the need for fiscal consolidation, tax reform has been the subject of discussion for a number of years, although with little progress to show.