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International Monetary Fund
In recent years, the IMF has released a growing number of reports and other documents covering economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with government officials, is published at the option of the member country.
International Monetary Fund
As a reflection of the vulnerability to external shocks and the importance of large projects, gross domestic product growth has showed significant variations in the second half of the 1990s. The large public sector investments that have started in 1997 included the Leeward Highway, a new ferry and cruise ship berth, a banana irrigation project, and investments in health and education. During the second half of the 1990s, agriculture output declined—with output in 1999 about 20 percent lower than in 1995.
International Monetary Fund
In recent years, the IMF has released a growing number of reports and other documents covering economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with government officials, is published at the option of the member country.
International Monetary Fund
This paper reviews economic development in St. Lucia during 1993–98. Economic performance weakened in St. Lucia during 1995–97. Real GDP growth declined to an average of about 2½ percent a year during this period, after averaging more than 6 percent over the previous 10-year period. A key element in this decline was the contraction in banana production by one-third, to 71,000 tons in 1997. Brisk growth in tourism offset this decline to some extent, with annual average real earnings increasing by more than 6 percent.
International Monetary Fund
In recent years, the IMF has released a growing number of reports and other documents covering economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with government officials, is published at the option of the member country.
International Monetary Fund
This paper reviews economic developments in the Republic of Tajikistan during 1994–97. In 1996, the authorities embarked on their first comprehensive effort at economic reform, supported by financial assistance from the World Bank and the IMF. Although implementation was uneven, the authorities were successful in achieving a degree of macroeconomic stability during the first three quarters of 1996; progress was also made on structural reforms. However, confronted with substantial unanticipated expenditures, the budget deficit increased substantially in late 1996 and the first half of 1997.
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This paper describes economic developments in Burundi during 1993–97. The external current account (excluding grants) narrowed significantly during 1993–95, owing mainly to strong international export prices for coffee and subdued demand for imports. This trend continued in 1996 with a further compression of imports stemming from a sharp reduction in project aid and the economic embargo. The overall balance of payments shifted from a surplus of 0.2 percent of GDP in 1995 to a deficit of 7.3 percent mainly as a result of a sharp drop in external financial assistance.
International Monetary Fund
In recent years, the IMF has released a growing number of reports and other documents covering economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with government officials, is published at the option of the member country.
International Monetary Fund
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.
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This paper reviews economic developments in St. Kitts and Nevis during 1995–96. Output performance was robust in 1996, showing a strong recovery from hurricanes Luis and Marilyn, which damaged the country in September 1995. Real GDP growth was 5.8 percent in 1996, compared with 3.7 percent in 1995, largely because of a strong rebound in agriculture and tourism and related sectors. Domestic expenditures increased an average of 10 percent a year over 1995–96. The increase in 1995 reflects a surge in both public and private capital expenditures following the hurricanes.