• How has Ghana’s collaboration with the IMF helped the country grow? And what is the one biggest risk? Watch what… Link
    IMF Sat 15 Dec 2018 18:47

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  • Will #technology complement people’s work and raise living standards in #SSA? Listen to the @imf_podcast Link
    IMF Sat 15 Dec 2018 17:02
  • Calling all #economy nerds! Check out this new #quiz at Link #IMFBlog https://t.co/oQcb5xoMp4
    IMF Sat 15 Dec 2018 16:02

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    The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF and its Executive Board.

  • RT @melindagates: There’s a lot we don’t know about how women in poor countries access loans, credit, and savings accounts. @Lagarde’s work…
    IMF Sat 15 Dec 2018 14:22
  • How prepared is the Euro area banking union for the next possible crisis? Link #IMFBlog https://t.co/S16TEZ53Fa
    IMF Sat 15 Dec 2018 14:02

    By Atilla Arda, Daniel Hardy, and Maike B. Luedersen

    December 14, 2018

    Dealing with problem banks in a prompt, efficient, and even-handed manner is essential for the European banking union. Much progress has been made, but more needs to be done to strengthen both institutions and practices. We outline the recommendations in this area proposed as part of the IMF’s recent assessment of the euro area financial sector.

    Having in place a sound framework and the operational capacity to handle problem banks is critical to “leveling the playing field” in the banking union and to reducing risks. A truly common system is needed to ensure that banks compete on their own merits and are not advantaged or disadvantaged by the jurisdiction where they incorporate. Good supervision—as we’ve seen under the Single Supervisory Mechanism—may reduce the probability of a bank failing abruptly. Yet from time to time banks do fail, so the crisis preparedness and management system...

  • #ChartOfTheWeek: Sub-Saharan Africa’s Growth—A Tale of Different Experiences Link https://t.co/VjGH4zLqO4
    IMF Sat 15 Dec 2018 12:02

    By IMFBlog

    December 13, 2018

    The story of Africa’s growth rate over recent years is a tale with several story lines.  Key to the tale is the degree of dependence on commodities.  Our Chart of the Week shows how the greater a country’s reliance on commodities, the more dramatic the impact of the 2014 commodity shock.  Also, clearly illustrated: the more dramatic the shock, the more challenging the recovery. 

    Average growth for sub-Saharan Africa is expected to reach about 3.1 percent in 2018, up from 2.7 percent in 2017.   But the overall picture for sub-Saharan Africa hides a range of different experiences.

  • Monday: Follow our #FutureWorkAfrica conference live from #Ghana. 9:30 am Accra/4:30 am ET. Link https://t.co/cIiUetY52M
    IMF Sat 15 Dec 2018 08:32

    “Long Table” Discussion

    Impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution on sub-Saharan Africa

    Moderator: Dominique Desruelle, IMF

    Panelists:

    Ms. Peris Bosire, Founder FarmDrive, Kenya

    Dr. Edward K. Brown, Senior Director, Research & Policy Engagements, ACET, Ghana

    Dr. Jakkie Cilliers, Head, African Futures & Innovation, Institute for Security Studies, South Africa

    Dr. Moustapha Cisse, Google AI Research Lab, Ghana

     

  • The wolf is at the door: read the #IMFBlog on #ClimateChange by Chief Economist Maurice Obstfeld @COP24 @UNFCCC… Link
    IMF Fri 14 Dec 2018 23:32

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  • Mother nature is trying to tell us something: read our top 5 blogs on #ClimateChange #IMFBlog… Link
    IMF Fri 14 Dec 2018 22:32

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  • Test your knowledge of the world #economy with the IMF’s new #quiz at Link #IMFBlog https://t.co/ZUzOqMrlxg
    IMF Fri 14 Dec 2018 22:07

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  • What policy priorities will the IMF be working on to better help its member countries? Link https://t.co/f0RN9exXXj
    IMF Fri 14 Dec 2018 20:11

    Publication Date:

    November 29, 2018

    Electronic Access:

    Free Full Text. Use the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this PDF file

    Summary:

    This Work Program (WP) translates the strategic directions and policy priorities laid out in the  Fall 2018 Global Policy Agenda and the International Monetary and Financial Committee Communiqué into an Executive Board agenda for the next twelve months. Its main policy priorities and deliverables are as follows: • Advise member countries to rebuild buffers, enhance resilience, and advance structural reforms for the benefit of all to respond to mounting vulnerabilities. The Spring 2019 World Economic Outlook (WEO) will analyze the macroeconomic implications of increased corporate market power. The Global Financial Stability Report (GFSR) will discuss global financial risks in light of tightening financial conditions, while the Fiscal Monitor (FM) will study how improved governance in fiscal...

  • RT @imf_podcast: How will the Fourth Industrial Revolution play out in sub-Saharan Africa? Listen to the @imf_podcast https://t.co/MM0NFJa…
    IMF Fri 14 Dec 2018 17:31
  • The Caribbean is becoming more vulnerable to frequent and damaging natural disasters. What can the region do to bui… Link
    IMF Fri 14 Dec 2018 17:01

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  • Strengthened crisis preparedness and management will help the euro area banking union. Read how… Link
    IMF Fri 14 Dec 2018 15:01

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  • Smarter tax policies can contribute to stronger social welfare policies, writes David Coady in the latest issue of… Link
    IMF Fri 14 Dec 2018 14:06

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  • Just released: update to the Global Debt Database Link https://t.co/jViLetUu0A
    IMF Thu 13 Dec 2018 23:31
  • Will #technology complement people’s work and raise living standards in #SSA? Listen to the @imf_podcast Link
    IMF Thu 13 Dec 2018 22:41
  • By promoting women’s inclusion, #Algeria could increase its national income by 10 percent by 2020 and by 50 percen… Link
    IMF Thu 13 Dec 2018 20:15

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  • Just released: update to the Global Debt Database Link https://t.co/MQFxeokijx
    IMF Thu 13 Dec 2018 18:50
  • RT @IMFSpokesperson: The Argentine authorities revised and strengthened economic plan is yielding positive results. The key going forward w…
    IMF Thu 13 Dec 2018 17:05
  • Building resilience to natural disasters in the Caribbean requires greater preparedness Link https://t.co/dOFJhaTZuZ
    IMF Thu 13 Dec 2018 16:00

    December 10, 2018

    As global warming continues to increase sea-water temperatures, the Caribbean is becoming more vulnerable to increasingly frequent and damaging natural disasters. Policies that build resilience in Caribbean countries—such as strengthening physical infrastructure and putting in place insurance protection—can help minimize the human and economic costs of natural disasters and preserve the region’s majestic beauty. 

  • Now available: Annual Report 2018: Building a Shared Future Link https://t.co/smtKf0dzLE
    IMF Thu 13 Dec 2018 14:05
  • #Afghanistan: the government's economic program ensures continued policy discipline and decisive reform that lay th… Link
    IMF Thu 13 Dec 2018 08:05

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  • Mother nature is trying to tell us something: read our top 5 blogs on #ClimateChange #IMFBlog Link
    IMF Wed 12 Dec 2018 21:04

    By IMFBlog

    December 12, 2018

    Mother Nature is trying to tell us something.  As the heat literally rises in so many ways, people have gathered in Poland for the United Nation’s latest Climate Summit, known as the COP24. 

    As human behavior and choices destabilize the Earth’s climate and biosphere, policymakers will need to do more. The shared nature of the threat also shows the need for closer and more comprehensive international cooperation to preserve the habitat in which human life has thrived.

    As our Chief Economist Maurice Obstfeld wrote last week, the wolf is at the door. 

  • Our top 5 blogs on #ClimateChange: new on #IMFBlog Link https://t.co/yZKYiCSaVD
    IMF Wed 12 Dec 2018 17:59

    By IMFBlog

    December 12, 2018

    Mother Nature is trying to tell us something.  As the heat literally rises in so many ways, people have gathered in Poland for the United Nation’s latest Climate Summit, known as the COP24. 

    As human behavior and choices destabilize the Earth’s climate and biosphere, policymakers will need to do more. The shared nature of the threat also shows the need for closer and more comprehensive international cooperation to preserve the habitat in which human life has thrived.

    As our Chief Economist Maurice Obstfeld wrote last week, the wolf is at the door. 

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