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International Monetary Fund. African Dept.
International Monetary Fund

This paper examines Madagascar’s Fifth Review Under the Three-Year Arrangement Under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility, and Requests for Waiver of Nonobservance of Performance Criteria. Madagascar’s performance under the program was broadly satisfactory, taking into account the impact of the exogenous shocks and corrective actions taken by the authorities. Efforts to bring tax revenue and net foreign assets—the two indicative targets missed at end-June—back on track over the summer were successful. Progress was also made in structural reform, although with some delays.

International Monetary Fund

Madagascar showed strong economic growth and low inflation under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF) Arrangement. Executive Directors commended these developments, and stressed the need to restore fiscal discipline, improve governance, strengthen the business climate to encourage private investment, and accelerate structural reforms. They welcomed the plan to privatize and rehabilitate the telecom, cotton, sugar, and utility companies, and agreed that Madagascar has successfully completed the fourth review under the PRGF program, and approved waiver, additional interim assistance, and an extension of the arrangement.

International Monetary Fund

This paper examines Madagascar’s 2002 Article IV Consultation, Second Review Under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF), and Requests for Extension of Arrangement. Madagascar’s performance under the PRGF-supported program in 2001 was strong, with the exception of weak revenue collection, an issue that the new government has begun to address. The budget for 2003 is consistent with the macroeconomic constraints, and places an appropriate emphasis on revenue mobilization and on wage restraint. Administrative procedures need to be streamlined to ensure faster expenditure commitment and execution of donor-funded projects.

International Monetary Fund

Madagascar showed satisfactory performance under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF) program. Executive Directors agreed that the crisis has undermined the timely achievement of the program, requiring the government to redouble its efforts. They welcomed the 2003 budget and stressed the need for strengthening fiscal and monetary policies and accelerating structural reforms. They urged the need to address the problems of inefficiency and corruption in the public administration. They emphasized the need to decisively implement the strategy, and successfully complete the third review under the PRGF arrangement.

International Monetary Fund

This paper examines Madagascar’s 2002 Article IV Consultation, Second Review Under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF), and Requests for Extension of Arrangement. Madagascar’s performance under the PRGF-supported program in 2001 was strong, with the exception of weak revenue collection, an issue that the new government has begun to address. The budget for 2003 is consistent with the macroeconomic constraints, and places an appropriate emphasis on revenue mobilization and on wage restraint. Administrative procedures need to be streamlined to ensure faster expenditure commitment and execution of donor-funded projects.

International Monetary Fund

This 2002 Article IV Consultation highlights that the Mauritian economy has weathered the global economic slowdown relatively well. Economic output is expected to expand by about 5.3 percent in 2001/02 (July–June), only slightly below its trend rate of growth of the past 20 years. Tourism weakened somewhat in the second quarter of 2001 but picked up in the second half, partly reflecting Mauritius’ reputation as a safe destination. Notwithstanding the relatively robust economic growth over the past decade, unemployment has risen steadily and is projected to reach about 9 percent in 2001/02.

International Monetary Fund. African Dept.

Request for Disbursement under the Rapid Credit Facility-Press Release and Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for the Republic of Madagascar