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International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

The Web edition of the IMF Survey is updated several times a week, and contains a wealth of articles about topical policy and economic issues in the news. Access the latest IMF research, read interviews, and listen to podcasts given by top IMF economists on important issues in the global economy. www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/survey/so/home.aspx

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

This paper highlights that the annual meetings of the World Bank and its affiliates, the International Development Association (IDA) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and of the IMF, were held in September 1965 in Washington. At the Bank Group meetings, stress was laid on the urgent needs of the less developed countries and on the Group’s plans for increasing its help toward meeting these needs. In his annual address, the President of the three institutions, Mr. Woods, emphasized the widening spectrum of the World Bank’s lending.

S. Aldewereld

In its many dealings with consulting engineers, the Bank has no fixed list of firms; it is always on the lookout for new talent.

International Monetary Fund

This paper on the First Review Under the Staff-Monitored Program (SMP) on Djibouti explains macroeconomic framework and policies. The policy discussions centered on the need to sustain the improvement in the country’s fiscal position in the remainder of the year and steadfast structural reforms to create the basis for sustainable growth. Determined efforts by the authorities are needed to implement the longstanding structural reforms planned under the SMP. IMF staff recognizes the difficulties in adopting a challenging reform agenda and the need to achieve a political consensus.

International Monetary Fund

This paper on the Staff-Monitored Program (SMP) on Djibouti explains economic developments and policy discussions. Djibouti faces important challenges to reduce widespread poverty. Since the mid-1990s, the government has been engaged in adjustment and reform programs to restore macroeconomic stability and achieve sustainable economic growth. The proposed policies and reforms should be sufficient to achieve the SMP’s objectives. Overall, the program will test the authorities’ resolve to implement policy reforms. Steps have been taken as part of prior actions to control the wage bill and improve transparency.