The fiscal crisis in the Kingdom of Swaziland emanating from a decline in revenue from the Southern African Customs Union and one of the largest public wage bills in sub-Saharan Africa has reached a critical stage. Faced with revenue shortfalls associated with slowing economic activity, uncontrolled public spending, and lack of financing, the authorities continued to deplete central bank reserves and accumulate domestic arrears. The authorities have been able to finance only a minimal amount of expenditure, including wages, utilities, and essential transfers.
International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
IMF Managing Director Michel Camdessus visited Moscow from March 27 to March 29 and met with Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov and other senior officials. On March 29, Camdessus and Primakov issued a joint communique, the text of which follows.