Jun 4, 2015
Public debt is a normal part of a government’s finances, but too much debt can have serious consequences for a country. During a seminar at the IMF-World Bank Meetings, one former head of state, who left office with public finances in good standing, explains how her administration succeeded where others have so often failed.
More at: http://www.imf.org/external/POS_meetings/SeminarDetails.aspx?SeminarId=41?
Helen Clark, Administrator of UNDP
Jun 1, 2015
Two decades on from the genocide in which hundreds of thousands were slaughtered, the tiny east African state of Rwanda has been seeking a path to development and reconciliation.
By Claver Gatete, Minister of Finance of Rwanda
May 14, 2015
Over the next decade and a half , the United Kingdom will pour hundreds of billions of dollars into transport, and other infrastructure projects. One of the country’s top experts in the field says good planning, and strong political are critical to success.
May 8, 2015
Mauricio Villafuerte , Chef de mission pour le Tchad dit que le pays a mener à bien de remarquables réformes économiques, ce qui lui a permis d’avoir accès à un allègement de la dette dans le cadre de l’initiative en faveur des pays pauvres très endettés (PPTE).
Mauricio Villafuerte : Chef de mission pour le Tchad, Département Afrique du FMI
May 8, 2015
Mauricio Villafuerte, IMF Mission Chief for Chad says the country has made some remarkable economic reforms since 2010, paving the way for US$1.1 billion in debt relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative.
Mauricio Villafuerte : Mission Chief for Chad in the IMF’s African Department
Apr 28, 2015
Selon Céline Allard, du FMI, l’Afrique subsaharienne devrait, cette année encore, enregistrer de solides résultats économiques malgré la baisse des cours des produits de base, les projections laissant entrevoir un taux ce croissance de 4,5 % pour 2015.
Apr 28, 2015
IMF’s Céline Allard says sub-Saharan Africa is set for another year of solid performance despite declining commodities, with a projected growth rate of 4.5 percent for 2015.
Apr 24, 2015
More Than 1 billion people live in countries affected by fragility. Fragile states are often confronted with political instability or conflict, inadequate public services, and lack of economic opportunities.
Jakkie Cilliers, Executive Director of the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria, South Africa
Claver Gatete, Minister of Finance of Rwanda
Kaifala Marah, Minister of Finance and Economic Development in Sierra Leone
Apr 14, 2015
The International Monetary Fund expects the world’s economy to expand by 3.5 percent this year, but the economic picture differs across the world. The impact of the global financial crisis are still being felt.
Apr 9, 2015
IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said policymakers around the world need to work together to strengthen global economic growth.
Mar 26, 2015
A former chairman of the UK's Financial Services Industry, Adair Turner, says there’s room for non-bank lending institutions, but thoughtful regulations need be put in place.
By Lord Adair Turner: Senior Fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking.
Mar 19, 2015
Le FMI et la Banque des États de l’Afrique centrale (BEAC) organisent conjointement une conférence sur la croissance inclusive à Brazzaville, République du Congo, le 23 mars. le lien de la conférence: http://www.imf.org/external/french/np/seminars/2015/brazzaville/index.htm
Mar 19, 2015
The IMF and the Central bank of Central African states are co-hosting a conference on Inclusive Growth, in Congo Brazzaville on March 23rd. Link to the conference: http://www.imf.org/external/np/seminars/eng/2015/brazzaville/index.htm
Mar 13, 2015
More Rwandans are leaving their work on the farm to start small household businesses.
By Alun H. Thomas: Senior economist in the IMF’s African Department
Feb 27, 2015
The International Labour Organization says while the demand for highly skilled jobs is on the rise, middle-class jobs are in sharp decline.
Feb 26, 2015
The Quest for Regional Integration in the East African Community lays out all aspects of the ongoing financial integration process for Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.
Feb 23, 2015
Melanne Verveer, served as Ambassador-at-Large for global women’s issues under President Obama. She says more women in small and medium sized enterprises is a catalyst for growth.
Feb 12, 2015
The World Bank has labeled global pandemic one of the greatest risks facing the world today, but according to one economist, preventing such a disaster is only a matter of political will.
Feb 5, 2015
The IMF will provide grants totaling $100 million to the three countries worst hit by the Ebola epidemic. Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone will use the funds to cover the cost of servicing their debt.
Jan 30, 2015
New report on low income countries helps strengthen IMF's monitoring framework.
Jan 20, 2015
A conversation with IMF chief economist Olivier Blanchard, where he talks about the latest downward revisions to the World Economic Outlook. Even with a boost from falling oil prices, the WEO update shows global growth for 2015-16 at 3.5 and 3.7 percent.
Jan 20, 2015
Entretien avec OLIVIER BLANCHARD, économiste en chef du FMI, où il parle des dernières révisions à la baisse de la Perspective Économique Mondiale. La mise à jour montre la croissance mondiale pour 2015-16 à 3,5 et 3,7 pour cent.
Jan 16, 2015
The burning of fossil fuels comes with many costs. Millions of people die each year from the pollution it emits. This follow up to an earlier interview with an IMF economist explores the health risks posed by air pollution and some proposed solutions.
Jan 8, 2015
Strong economic growth helps keep people employed and healthy, but there’s a growing sense in many countries that only the wealthiest are reaping the benefits. Nobel laureate Michael Spence says inclusive growth is key to economic stability.
Dec 31, 2014
More than half of all countries in the world have laws that restrict women from joining the workforce. The IMF says the global economy would benefit by Boosting Women’s Participation in the Labor Force, and hosted a seminar on the topic last fall during the Fund’s annual meetings. Sarah Iqbal participated in that forum and talks in this podcast about the hurdles women face when starting a business.
Read as well the IMF Survey story on Unleashing the Economic Power of Women [http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/survey/so/2014/car091514b.htm]