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 highlights that the financial performance of Sao Tomé and Príncipe, after improving in 1995, deteriorated again in 1996, while production continued to stagnate. In 1995, the authorities adopted policies aimed at stabilizing the economy, which led to a significant improvement in the fiscal position. The strengthening of control over monetary expansion made possible a reduction of end-of-period inflation to 37 percent, from 75 percent in 1994. In 1996, however, fiscal slippages and the consequent monetary financing of the budget deficits resulted in a resurgence of inflation and currency depreciation.