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International Monetary Fund. African Dept.
Niger’s new Poverty Reduction Strategy (PDES) represents its overarching reference framework for the government’s development agenda. It also proposes changes in policy orientation and institutional arrangements to respond to recent developments in Niger and in the subregion. The PDES was developed in an inclusive participatory process. Overall, it provides a comprehensive analysis of development challenges and a plan to achieve accelerated sustainable growth, identifies key risks to the achievements of the objectives as well as mitigating measures.
Ms. Laura Wallace

Meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on September 20-24, the world’s top economic policymakers and financial leaders agreed to step up efforts to secure a stronger global recovery, resume stalled trade talks, accelerate efforts to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals, and reconstruct Iraq. The IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings, held for the first time in the Middle East, attracted representatives from all 184 member countries of the two institutions, plus thousands of others—including banking executives, representatives of civil society organizations, academics, and journalists—for events on the sidelines.