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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.

On September 20, six African finance ministers briefed the press in Dubai on the main challenges facing Africa, raising, in particular, concerns about the failure at Cancún to make progress on market access. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Minister of Finance for Nigeria), Michel Meva’a Meboutou (Minister of Economy and Finance for Cameroon), Ng’andu P. Magande (Minister of Finance and National Planning for Zambia), Ali Badjo Gamatie (Minister of Finance for Niger), B.R. Kukuri (Deputy Minister of Finance for Namibia), and Jean Baptiste Compaore (Minister in charge of Budget and Finance for Burkina Faso) also addressed progress on the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, debt relief, poverty reduction, NEPAD, and voice and representation in the Bretton Woods institutions.

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

SDR interest rate, rate of charge on IMF nonconcessional loans outstanding, and dollars per SDR

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

When Ghana’s new Investors Advisory Council (IAC) held its debut meeting on May 3, members identified 18 problem areas in government policy, which have been assigned to relevant ministries for action within six months. They include regulatory reforms related to land ownership and mining and labor laws; safety and security; infrastructure, especially for energy, telecommunications, and information technology; financial services infrastructure; public sector sensitivity to the private sector; restoration of competitiveness to the mining sector; the economy’s dependence on aid and commodity exports; and the need for a partnership among government, private sector industries, and labor.

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

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