Directors welcomed the progress made in restoring peace and stability, but however, noted that Lesotho continues to face significant challenges, stemming mainly from the declining Southern African Customs Union (SACU) revenues and high government expenditures.
Zambia’s growth is projected to slow from 3.7 percent in 2018 to 2.3 percent in 2019, lower than earlier envisages due to the impact of the drought on agricultural production, according to an IMF staff monitoring team.
The Management of the IMF on February 5, 2019, completed the first review under the third 12-month Staff-Monitored Program (SMP III) with Somalia, which covers the period May 2018–April 2019.
An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Ms. Annalisa Fedelino said Ghana’s recent economic performance has been favorable despite a less supportive external environment for frontier economies.
Jobs and unemployment in emerging markets and developing countries two focal points of IMF messaging in Davos
IMF spokesperson Gerry Rice said on Thursday said that the IMF is releasing two staff papers based on recent research, ‘one of which will focus on the issue of jobs and unemployment, especially in emerging markets and developing countries, and especially focused on the issue of youth unemployment actually. So that’s going to be launched — that staff paper is going to be launched on January 23’.
The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has enabled the immediate disbursement of US$23.9 million to Guinea, bringing total disbursements under the arrangement to US$71.6 million.
The longer-term goal is to become a thriving emerging market economy—one that has the capacity to unlock the full potential of Ghanaians, young and old, rich and poor, here in Accra and across this nation.