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International Monetary Fund. Communications Department

Abstract

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde delivered this address at Guildhall as part of the World Traders’ Tacitus Lecture series in London on February 28, 2019.

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

Following is the text of the communiqué of the Group of Seven finance ministers and central bank governors from their meeting in Bonn on February 20.

International Monetary Fund

This paper discusses Mali’s 2005 Article IV Consultation and Second and Third Reviews Under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF). The PRGF-supported program is broadly on track. Performance on quantitative aspects remains strong. Although the record on the structural program has been disappointing, the program for 2006 would mark significant progress on addressing key challenges. The IMF staff supports the authorities’ request for completion of the second and third reviews under the arrangement and waivers for nonobservance of three structural performance criteria.

International Monetary Fund

Senegal achieved robust economic growth and low inflation under the economic program. Executive Directors emphasized the need to correct slippages in fiscal governance and transparency to ensure budgetary discipline and strengthen procurement rules and practices. They appreciated the action plan for the development and soundness of the financial system, simplifying loan recovery procedures and improving the efficiency of the judiciary system to reduce nonperforming loans and increase credit availability. They welcomed the comprehensive framework for macroeconomic, structural, and social policies to foster growth and reduce poverty.