The civil war in Liberia has resulted in the destruction of most of its infrastructure. Executive Directors noted the weak revenue performance, the lack of progress on fiscal transparency and accountability, and the poor control and prioritization of government spending. They emphasized the need to address governance, accelerate structural reforms, increase revenue, and improve fiscal transparency. In view of all this, Executive Directors agreed that the procedure to suspend Liberia's voting and related rights in the IMF should be initiated.
This Selected Issues paper reviews the recent economic developments, production, prices, and employment of Liberia. It also highlights the fiscal, monetary, and external sector developments, and the failures and credibility in the banking system. It describes the role of timber, rice, petroleum, and cement in the Liberian economy. It also provides the details of the IMF’s projections and estimates on Liberia’s summary of the tax system, central government revenue, and economic classification of central government expenditure, summary of accounts of the central bank of Liberia, and deposit money banks during March 2001-September, and so on.
The 2012 Article IV Consultation with Liberia discusses the economic developments and policies of the country. Liberia recorded strong macroeconomic performance under the three-year Extended Credit Facility (ECF) Arrangement, but poverty continued to be pervasive. The short- to medium-term outlook has remained favorable, although subject to considerable risks. Following resumption of iron ore exports in 2011, real GDP growth is estimated at 9 percent in 2012, supported by strong growth in the mining sector and expansionary fiscal policy for infrastructure investment. IMF staff supports the authorities’ request for a successor arrangement under the ECF.