Posted on April 29, 2013 by iMFdirect
By Anoop Singh
(Versions in 中文 and 日本語)
Emerging economies in Asia have weathered the global financial crisis relatively unscathed and appear to be on track for continued strong growth this year and the next. Perhaps because the region has been doing rather well, policymakers’ concerns have increasingly shifted towards medium-term risks: could growth and fast convergence to living standards in advanced economies—come to an end?
In fact, while the economic performance of emerging economies in Asia remains undoubtedly strong in international comparison, it has already shown signs of gradual weakening.
Filed under: Advanced Economies, Asia, Economic Crisis, Emerging Markets, Financial Crisis, growth, IMF, International Monetary Fund | Tagged: China, IMF, iMFdirect, India, International Monetry Fund, Korea, Labor, middle income countries, reform, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 7, 2011 by iMFdirect
By Dominique Desruelle
War-torn Iraq, quake-ravaged Haiti, conflict-devastated Sierra Leone. So many countries around the world face the legacy of terrible hardships that have left them scarred and fragile.
Everyone agrees that countries need help to recover from these situations. But it is not easy to come to a shared understanding on what this really takes.
Some have questioned whether the IMF has a meaningful role to play. They argue that engagement in fragile states—countries with weak institutions and infrastructure, internal conflict, and governments that face difficulties delivering core services to the population—should mainly be left to bilateral donors and development institutions.
And they couldn’t be more wrong. Helping a country’s economy to work better—the IMF’s core expertise—is a central building block to move beyond fragile situations and achieve better lives for its citizens. Continue reading
Filed under: concessional lending, IMF, International Monetary Fund, LICs, Low-income countries | Tagged: capacity building, conflict-affected states, Extended Credit Facility, Fostering Engagement with Fragile States, fragile states, IMF, IMF-supported program, iMFdirect, International Monetary Fund, low-income countries, middle income countries, multi-donor trust fund, program design, Rapid Credit Facility, sustainable macroeconomic framework, technical assistance | 1 Comment »