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International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
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International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
This paper reviews the resurgence of Latin America. The paper highlights that much of the region has witnessed a swift and robust recovery from the successive financial crises of 2001–02. Within two years, the region’s economic growth reached 5.6 percent in 2004, a 24-year high. Growth rates of about 4 percent in 2005 and 3¾ percent projected for 2006 are well above historical averages. Mexico and South American countries have gained, in particular, from the surge in fuel, food, and metals prices, and have generally been able to exploit these opportunities by expanding production.
International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
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International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
For the latest thinking about the international financial system, monetary policy, economic development, poverty reduction, and other critical issues, subscribe to Finance & Development (F&D). This lively quarterly magazine brings you in-depth analyses of these and other subjects by the IMF’s own staff as well as by prominent international experts. Articles are written for lay readers who want to enrich their understanding of the workings of the global economy and the policies and activities of the IMF.
International Monetary Fund
Bolivia’s Third Review Under the Stand-By Arrangement and Request for Waiver of Nonobservance of Performance Criteria are discussed. The highly dollarized financial system suffered a renewed deposit run in October 2003, and conditions in the financial sector have remained fragile in 2004. Spending exceeded program targets by 0.7 percent of GDP, mostly owing to higher capital expenditure by municipalities, reflecting in part efforts to reduce social tensions. The authorities have allowed interest rates to increase in response to liquidity conditions and have been able to start placing a moderate amount of bonds.
International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

Latin America may be in its third year of economic recovery with reasonable prospects for next year, but that is not quite enough to banish the ghosts of decades of starts and stops. Against the backdrop of current growth, the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department convened a day-long conference to examine the recent research of IMF economists and outside specialists on the issue of economic growth—perhaps the most important factor in poverty reduction—and the outlook for continued expansion in Latin American and Caribbean countries.