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International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
On June 7, IMF Managing Director Horst Köhler announced the appointments of the new First Deputy Managing Director and three department heads. The full text of IMF Press Release No. 01/27 is available on the IMF’s website (www.imf.org).
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The paper suggests steps to improve the efficiency of the foreign exchange market in Jamaica, and to promote its development. The financial system in Jamaica has undergone significant improvements. The most pressing problem continues to be inadequate liquidity. The results of various approaches and indicators employed to assess the competitiveness of the economy is presented. The paper discusses the social protection programs and assesses the scope to strengthen them. The statistical data on the economic indices of Jamaica are also presented in the paper.

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

Simonetta Nardin

As part of its conditionality review, the IMF has organized a series of discussions on its proposals, holding seminars in Berlin in June (see IMF Survey, July 2, page 218) and in Tokyo in July (see IMF Survey, July 30, page 249). A third forum—cosponsored by the Commonwealth Secretariat, the World Bank, and the IMF and held in London on July 23-24—covered issues related to conditionality and ownership particularly relevant to low-income countries. The seminar was co-chaired by Winston Cox, Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General; Masood Ahmed, Deputy Director of the IMF’s Policy Development and Review Department; and Joanne Salop, Vice-President for the World Bank’s Operations Policy and Country Services. It brought together representatives of borrowing and creditor countries, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and a number of other individuals with relevant expertise and experience.