The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a uniquely severe synchronized shock across the global economy, in turn leading numerous member countries to request substantial financial assistance from the Fund. The Executive Board responded to members’ needs by increasing the access limits under the Fund’s emergency financing instruments by 50 percent of quota for a period of 6 months (until October 5, 2020), subject to a possible extension by the Executive Board.
International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
The IMF expects sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP to grow by 5.4 percent in 2006, the third straight year of growth above the 5 percent level, Managing Director Rodrigo de Rato told a news conference in Lusaka, Zambia, on March 16. But he warned that growth needs to be even higher if Africa is to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and urged African leaders to ensure that increased aid flows were used effectively.