It has been two years since the trade tensions erupted and not only captured policymakers’ but also the research community’s attention. Research has quickly zoomed in on understanding trade war rhetoric, tariff implementation, and economic impacts. The first article in the December 2019 issue sheds light on the consequences of the recent trade barriers.
This is the companion background paper to the staff report on Financial Soundness Indicators (FSIs): Experience with the Coordinated Compilation Exercise and Next Steps. It provides detailed information on the modalities of the Coordinated Compilation Exercise (CCE), the experience with the CCE, the issues that arose in that exercise regarding the compilation methodology in the Financial Soundness Indicators: Compilation Guide (Guide), and the matters that were taken into account in considering the specific amendments to the Guide, presented in the staff report.
This Selected Issues paper and Statistical Appendix analyzes the fiscal and structural issues affecting Malta’s economic performance, specifically the public enterprises and the tax system. The paper focuses on exchange rate policy and macroeconomic and legislative issues in the context of European Union membership. The standard summaries of the tax system and recent developments in the exchange and trade system are presented. The paper highlights that despite advances in the financial sector deregulation, tax reform, and trade liberalization during the 1990s, there are still key structural inadequacies in Malta.