The CIS-7 Initiative was launched in 2002 and endorsed by ministers from the CIS-7 and donor countries, with the objective of promoting poverty reduction, economic growth, and debt sustainability among the seven poorest countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). This volume draws from the follow-up conference held in Lucerne, Switzerland, in January 2003. The objective of this conference was to achieve an understanding of the development agenda in the seven countries and the key policy measures to be taken by the governments and donors to improve future prospects for the countries’ populations.
This report describes economic developments in Bangladesh during the 1990s. Macroeconomic performance deteriorated beginning in 1994/95. Although production was underpinned by revived private sector activity, particularly in manufacturing, construction and trade, the impact on GDP growth was mitigated by a prolonged drought, which severely depressed agricultural production. The shortfall in food supplies resulted in sharp increases in imports of food grains and in the domestic prices of food. As domestic demand remained strong, inflation picked up and the external current account deficit more than doubled in 1994/95.
The Annual Report to the Board of Governors reviews the IMF’s activities and policies during any given year. There are five chapters: (1) Overview, (2) Developments in the Global Economy and Financial Markets, (3) Policies to Secure Sustained and Balanced Global Growth, (4) Reforming and Strengthening the IMF to Better Support Member Countries, and (5) Finances, Organization, and Accountability. The full financial statements for the year are published separately and are also available, along with appendixes and other supplementary materials.