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The African Continental Free Trade Agreement: Welfare Gains Estimates from a General Equilibrium Model

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement: Welfare Gains Estimates from a General Equilibrium Model »

Source: The African Continental Free Trade Agreement: Welfare Gains Estimates from a General Equilibrium Model

Volume/Issue: 2019/124

Series: IMF Working Papers

Author(s): Lisandro Abrego , Maria Alejandra Amado , Tunc Gursoy , Garth Nicholls , and Hector Perez-Saiz

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 07 June 2019

ISBN: 9781498314398

Keywords: Economic integration, Open economies, International trade agreements, Trade finance, Comparative advantage, AfCFTA, welfare, general equilibrium, trade barriers, welfare gain

In March 2018, representatives of member countries of the African Union signed the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement. This agreement provides a framework for trade liberalization in goods and s...

The African Continental Free Trade Area: Potential Economic Impact and Challenges

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Source: The African Continental Free Trade Area: Potential Economic Impact and Challenges

Volume/Issue: 2020/4

Series: Staff Discussion Notes

Author(s): Lisandro Abrego , Mario de Zamaroczy , Tunc Gursoy , Garth Nicholls , Hector Perez-Saiz , and Jose-Nicolas Rosas

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 13 May 2020

ISBN: 9781513542379

Keywords: General equilibrium models, Trade barriers, Structural adjustment, Welfare, Forecasting models, Trade negotiations, Economic integration, Open economies, International trade agreements, Trade finance

Political momentum towards Africa-wide free trade has been intensifying. In March 2018, over 40 countries signed the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement. Once fully implemented, the AfCFTA is exp...

Competition, Competitiveness and Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa

Competition, Competitiveness and Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa »

Source: Competition, Competitiveness and Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa

Volume/Issue: 2020/30

Series: IMF Working Papers

Author(s): Reda Cherif , Sandesh Dhungana , Xiangming Fang , Jesus Gonzalez-Garcia , Yuanchen Yang , Mustafa Yenice , and Jung Eun Yoon

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 14 February 2020

ISBN: 9781513526379

Keywords: Economic integration, Trade policy, Global competitiveness, Total factor productivity, International trade agreements, Markups, Market Power, Competition, Sub-Saharan Africa, WP

Does greater product market competition improve external competitiveness and growth? This paper examines this question by using country-and firm-level data for a sample of 39 sub-Saharan African countries over 2000...

5 Conclusions, Challenges, and Opportunities

5 Conclusions, Challenges, and Opportunities »

Source: IEO Evaluation Report : IMF Involvement in International Trade Policy Issues

Series: Independent Evaluation Office Reports

Author(s): International Monetary Fund. Independent Evaluation Office

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 03 February 2020

ISBN: 9781513522203

Keywords: Trade policy, Trading systems, International trade agreements, International trade, Development policy, Trade, IMF, multilateralism, surveillance, advocacy.

The IMF deserves considerable credit for responding in an active and timely manner to the growing stresses on the multilateral trade system in recent years. Most of the recommendati...

Debt Limits in Fund-Supported Programs - Proposed New Guidelines

Debt Limits in Fund-Supported Programs - Proposed New Guidelines »

Source: Debt Limits in Fund-Supported Programs - Proposed New Guidelines

Volume/Issue: 2009/038

Series: Policy Papers

Author(s): International Monetary Fund

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 08 May 2009

ISBN: 9781498335744

Keywords: Access limits, Access to Fund general resources, Concessional aid, Debt management, Debt sustainability, External debt, External financing, Financial management, Fund facilities, Fund policies

Low-income countries (LICs) face significant challenges in meeting their development objectives, while maintaining a sustainable debt position. To address this dilemma, the international community has largely advoc...

Doha Development Agenda and Aid for Trade -- Supplement

Doha Development Agenda and Aid for Trade -- Supplement »

Source: Doha Development Agenda and Aid for Trade -- Supplement

Volume/Issue: 2005/011

Series: Policy Papers

Author(s): International Monetary Fund

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 11 January 2005

ISBN: 9781498330848

Keywords: Agriculture, Development assistance, Multilateral trade negotiations, World Trade Organization, Least developed countries, Developing countries, Balance of payments, Financial regulation and supervision, Terms of trade, Doha development agenda

At their 2005 Spring meetings, the Development Committee and IMFC called on the Bank and Fund to work with others to develop more detailed proposals, for consideration at the Annual Meetings, to help developing cou...

The Drivers, Implications and Outlook for China's Shrinking Current Account Surplus1

The Drivers, Implications and Outlook for China's Shrinking Current Account Surplus1 »

Source: The Drivers, Implications and Outlook for China's Shrinking Current Account Surplus

Volume/Issue: 2019/244

Series: IMF Working Papers

Author(s): Pragyan Deb , Albe Gjonbalaj , and Swarnali Hannan

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 08 November 2019

ISBN: 9781513516097

Keywords: Accounting, Aging, Assets, Balance of trade, Bank deposits, Bilateral trade, Bonds, Capital, Capital account, Capital flows

China's current account surplus has declined significantly from its peak in 2008 and the external position in 2018 was in line with medium-term fundamentals and desirable policies. While cyclical factors and expans...

Enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative - Creditor Participation Issues

Enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative - Creditor Participation Issues »

Source: Enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative - Creditor Participation Issues

Volume/Issue: 2003/036

Series: Policy Papers

Author(s): International Monetary Fund

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 04 August 2003

ISBN: 9781498329521

Keywords: HIPC Initiative, Agricultural development, Assets, Banks, Central banking, Central banks, Commercial credit, Credit, Debt, Debt financing

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Trade Conditions in Fund-Supported Programs

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Trade Conditions in Fund-Supported Programs »

Source: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Trade Conditions in Fund-Supported Programs

Volume/Issue: 2005/083

Series: Policy Papers

Author(s): International Monetary Fund

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 27 October 2005

ISBN: 9781498330909

Keywords: Fund-supported adjustment programs, Trade, Financial sector reform, Real exchange rates, International trade agreements, Import quotas, Trade models, trade condition, conditionality, trade reform

Approximately half of the countries that had IMF-supported programs during 1993-2003 also had trade-related conditions. A large literature has shown that trade openness is an essential part of the environment in wh...

Framework Administered Account for Selected Fund Activities - Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic Technical Assistance Center (CAPTAC-DR) Subaccount

Framework Administered Account for Selected Fund Activities - Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic Technical Assistance Center (CAPTAC-DR) Subaccount »

Source: Framework Administered Account for Selected Fund Activities - Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic Technical Assistance Center (CAPTAC-DR) Subaccount

Volume/Issue: 2009/023

Series: Policy Papers

Author(s): International Monetary Fund

Publisher: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Publication Date: 27 March 2009

ISBN: 9781498336130

Keywords: Administered accounts, Central America, Executive Board decisions, External financing, Financial instruments, Technical Assistance, Tax policy, Customs policy, Regional integration, Debt markets

In March 2009, the Fund established a new Framework Administered Account to administer external financial resources for selected Fund activities (the 'SFA Instrument'). The financing of activities under the terms o...