International Monetary Fund. Finance Dept., International Monetary Fund. Strategy, Policy, &, Review Department, and International Monetary Fund. Legal Dept.
This paper proposes that the Executive Board approve the disbursement of a third tranche of CCRT debt service relief to 28 of the 29 CCRT-eligible members, covering the period April 14, 2021 through October 15, 2021, given staff’s assessment that sufficient financial resources are available.
In 2010, average inflation has remained low in all West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) countries, but has edged up in the second half of the year. After a moderate fiscal easing by about 1½ percentage points of GDP in 2009, mostly the result of higher capital spending, the area-wide average deficit is estimated to have declined slightly to 3.1 percent of GDP in 2010. A compression of imports in 2009, the region’s external current account deficit is estimated to have returned to about 5½ percent of GDP in 2010.
This paper focuses on Central African Republic’s (CAR) completion point under the Enhanced Initiative for Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) and debt relief under the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI). In the view of International Development Association (IDA) and IMF staff, CAR has made satisfactory progress in meeting the requirements to reach the completion point. All the floating triggers have been fully implemented. Upon reaching the completion point under the enhanced HIPC Initiative, CAR will also qualify for additional debt relief under the MDRI.
This 2006 Article IV Consultation highlights that economic performance of Benin has been relatively subdued since 2003 after a decade of high growth. Slow economic growth has reflected limited progress in addressing core economic vulnerabilities and delays in implementing crucial growth-supporting structural reforms, against a backdrop of an appreciating real effective exchange rate and, more recently, a sizable deterioration in the terms of trade. Notwithstanding further delays in structural reforms, a turnaround in cotton production is helping to revive growth in 2006.
This paper puts forward a package of proposed decisions to implement the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (“MDRI”) and establish the Exogenous Shocks Facility within the PRGF Trust; it also provides a Commentary on key aspects of the decisions. The proposed decisions generally reflect the overall structure and modalities that have been identified by the staff and endorsed by Executive Directors in the several meetings held to date concerning the G-8 debt relief proposal/MDRI and ESF.
Benin reached the completion point under the enhanced HIPC Initiative on March 24, 2003. Staff is of the view that all criteria have been met, and recommends that the Board determine that Benin qualifies for immediate debt relief under the MDRI.
This report reviews developments in Benin during 2003 in the context of the Sixth and Final Review Under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF) arrangement. The report sets forth the policies and measures the government intends to implement during 2004 in the context of its poverty reduction strategy. It assesses the country’s economic and financial progress since 2000, when the current arrangement was approved by the IMF. The report highlights that Benin’s macroeconomic performance was broadly in line with the program objectives in 2003.
Benin’s economic and financial performance under the first-year program supported by the poverty reduction and growth facility was satisfactory. The resumption of structural reform implementation is essential for the authorities to improve resource allocation and meet their objective of accelerating growth to 7 percent over the medium term. To accelerate economic growth and improve service delivery, a broad consensus is emerging on the need to draw private expertise and capital into key public enterprises, either through privatization or different forms of public–private partnerships.
International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
The rationale for IMF lending to Russia has been widely questioned, as have the record of earlier programs and the use made of previous IMF loans. In the following article, John Odling-Smee, Director of the IMF’s European II Department, explains that the resumed lending was fully justified to support Russia’s most recent economic policies.