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International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

IMF Deputy Managing Director Eduardo Aninat announced on March 7 that he plans to leave his post in June 2003. In December 1999, he joined the IMF’s four-member management team with broad responsibilities in running the IMF, including chairing its Executive Board meetings.

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

This paper discusses the project financed by the World Bank for controlling the flow of the Chao Phya River in Thailand. Chao Phya is the lifestream of the Thai people. However, this river, and its principal tributaries are, in their natural state, capricious rivers. In the early 1950s, the World Bank began assisting the Thai government in a series of projects designed to break this ancient tyranny of the rivers’ violent changes. The paper describes how the river is being tamed for irrigation and navigation, and how they are providing electric power and other benefits.

Mr. Michael Blackwell

This paper describes the World Bank’s mission in a changing world. Conditionality of the Bank is different in several ways as it operates over a longer timeframe and relates to the more comfortable issues of economic growth rather than financial stabilization. The longer timeframes of the Bank’s programs require reaching agreement with borrowing countries on the desirability of maintaining the course that’s being advocated for an extended period. Many developing countries are unduly sensitive about the possibility that they may have to exercise their sovereignty more forcefully in the future.

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
The IMF announced October 10 that its Executive Board had agreed on measures to enhance further the transparency of the institution, in particular by promoting the publication of more country documents. The agreement will be implemented following the Board’s adoption, in the coming weeks, of specific amendments to its previous decision on transparency.
International Working Group on External Debt Statistics

Finance and Development, December 2016

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

03/10: “FDI to Africa: The Role of Price Stability and Currency Instability,” Kenneth Rogoff and Carmen Reinhart

Ms. Florence Jaumotte, Ksenia Koloskova, and Ms. Sweta Chaman Saxena

Finance and Development, December 2016

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

In Austria, the ratio of the elderly to people of working A. age will double over the next 50 years. This dramatic demographic shift—brought on by a major decline in fertility and mortality rates since the 1960s—will be more severe than in many other industrial countries (see chart). It will increase public spending on pensions, health care, and long-term care and decrease tax and social security revenues. In a new IMF Working Paper, LeifLybecker Eskesen concludes that ensuring long-term fiscal sustainability in Austria will require bold reforms.