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Beijing, December 17, 2015—IFC, a

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Beijing, December 17, 2015—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is hosting a training seminar for Chinese market regulators and banking professionals to raise corporate-governance standards among Chinese listed companies with the aim of improving their performance and hence attractiveness fo

IMF News

African Consultative Group Meeting: Statement by the Chairman of the African Caucus and the Managing Director of the IMF

2 hours 8 min ago

Transcript of African Department Press Briefing

9 hours 6 min ago

IMF Video: Central Bankers and Inclusive

1 day 43 min ago

Transcript of IMFC Press Briefing

1 day 2 hours ago

Central Bankers and Inclusive Growth: Building a Framework for Financial Inclusion

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Communiqué of the Thirty-Fifth Meeting of the IMFC

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Communiqué of the Thirty-Fifth Meeting of the IMFC

1 day 6 hours ago

IMFC Statement by Johan Van Overtveldt, Minister of Finance, Belgium

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IMF Video: Productivity in the Age of Fewer, Older Workers

1 day 7 hours ago

IMF Video: Press Briefing: Western Hemisphere Department

1 day 9 hours ago

IMFC Statement by Xiaochuan Zhou, Governor of the People's Bank of China

2 days 2 hours ago

IMF Video: Global Economy on an Upswing: Can it Work for All?

2 days 3 hours ago

Recent Trends in Correspondent Banking Relationships: Further Considerations

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IMFC Statement by Mario Draghi, President, European Central Bank

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IMFC Statement by Wolfgang Schäuble, Minister of Finance, Germany

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Germany and IMF Strengthen Capacity Development Cooperation in Africa

2 days 7 hours ago

IMFC Statement by Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization

2 days 7 hours ago

IMFC Statement by Michel Sapin, Minister of Finance, France

2 days 7 hours ago

Statement by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Greece

2 days 8 hours ago

IMF Members’ Commitments Under the 2016 Bilateral Borrowing Agreements Reach US$400 Billion

2 days 10 hours ago

Intergovernmental Group of Twenty-Four on International Monetary Affairs and Development

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IMFC Statement by Malusi Gigaba, Minister of Finance, South Africa

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Transcript of Press Conference by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde

3 days 4 hours ago

IMF Video: IMF Managing Director Press Conference

3 days 5 hours ago

IMF Video: Driving Digital Financial Inclusion in Africa

3 days 6 hours ago

IMFC Statement by Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General, World Trade Organization

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IMFC Statement by Henrique de Campos Meirelles, Minister of Finance, Brazil

3 days 8 hours ago

The Managing Director’s Global Policy Agenda: A More Inclusive and Resilient Global Economy April 2017

3 days 9 hours ago

Transcript of the Press Conference on the Release of the April 2017 Fiscal Monitor

3 days 9 hours ago

Provisional Agenda for the Thirty-Fifth Meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee

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IMFC Statement by Alamine Ousmane Mey, Minister of Finance, Cameroon

4 days 1 hour ago

IMFC Statement by Mario Marcel, President of the Central Bank of Chile

4 days 1 hour ago

IMFC Statement by Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General, UNCTAD

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IMFC Statement by Kristian Jensen, Minister for Finance, Denmark

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IMFC Statement by Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, OECD

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IMFC Statement by Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, Chair of the United Nations Development Group, United Nations

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IMF Video: Innovation, Technology, and Jobs

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IMF Video: Press Briefing: Global Financial Stabiity Report

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IMF Video: IMF Fiscal Monitor, April 2017

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The Kyrgyz Republic: Staff Concluding Statement of the 2017Article IV and Fourth Review under the ECF Visit

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Podcast: IMF World Economic Outlook

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IMF Research Bulletin, March 2017

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Jamaica: Letter of Intent, Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies, and Technical Memorandum of Understanding

5 days 5 hours ago

IMF Executive Board Concludes First Review under the Stand-By Arrangement for Jamaica

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Transcript of the Press Conference on the Release of the April 2017 World Economic Outlook

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World Economic Outlook, April 2017: Gaining Momentum?

5 days 9 hours ago

Coming Soon: Regional Economic Outlook: Middle East and Central Asia Update

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Jamaica : First Review Under the Stand-By Arrangement, Request for Waiver of a Performance Criterion, and Request for Modification of Performance Criteria

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Country Report No. 17/98

Jamaica : Technical Assistance Report-Cartac Report on the Sector Accounts and Balance Sheets Mission

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Country Report No. 17/85

IMF Reaches Staff-Level Agreement for Completion of First Review of Tunisia’s Extended Fund Facility

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Update on the Financing of the Fund’s Concessional Assistance and Debt Relief to Low-Income Countries

6 days 9 hours ago

IMF Staff Completes Visit to Tanzania

1 week 2 days ago

IMF Video: Upgrading the Tax System to Boost Productivity

1 week 2 days ago

Tax Administration and Firm Performance : New Data and Evidence for Emerging Market and Developing Economies

1 week 2 days ago
Working Paper No. 17/95

IMF Staff Concludes Visit to The Gambia

1 week 3 days ago

Kingdom of the Netherlands-Netherlands: Financial Sector Assessment Program: : Technical Note-Regulation,Supervision, and Oversight of Financial Market Infrastructures-Responsibilities and EUROCCP Financial and Operational Risk Management

1 week 3 days ago
Country Report No. 17/92

Kingdom of the Netherlands-Netherlands: Financial Sector Assessment Program: : Technical Note-Insurance and Pension Sectors

1 week 3 days ago
Country Report No. 17/94

Kingdom of the Netherlands-Netherlands: Financial Sector Assessment Program: : Technical Note-Financial Stability and Stress Testing of the Banking, Household, and Corporate Sectors

1 week 3 days ago
Country Report No. 17/95

Georgia : Request for Extended Arrangement Under the Extended Fund Facility and Cancellation of Stand-By Arrangement-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Georgia

1 week 3 days ago
Country Report No. 17/97

Kingdom of the Netherlands-Netherlands: Financial Sector Assessment Program: : Technical Note-Securities Supervision-Selected Issues Regarding the Regulators, Auditor Oversight, and Collective Investment Scheme Management

1 week 3 days ago
Country Report No. 17/91

Kingdom of the Netherlands-Netherlands: Financial Sector Assessment Program: : Technical Note-Macroprudential Policy Framework

1 week 3 days ago
Country Report No. 17/93

Kingdom of the Netherlands-Netherlands: Financial Sector Assessment Program: : Technical Note-Banking Supervision

1 week 3 days ago
Country Report No. 17/96

Growth Inclusiveness in Djibouti

1 week 3 days ago
Working Paper No. 17/93

Kingdom of the Netherlands-Netherlands: Financial Sector Assessment Program: : Technical Note-Financial Safety Nets-Managing Problem Banks and Systemic Banking Crises

1 week 3 days ago
Country Report No. 17/90

IMF Executive Board Approves US$285.3 million Extended Arrangement Under the Extended Fund Facility for Georgia

1 week 4 days ago

IMF Staff Completes the Fourth PSI Review Visit to Senegal

1 week 4 days ago

IMF Video: Building a More Resilient and Inclusive Global Economy

1 week 4 days ago

IMF Staff Concludes the Fifth and Final Review under the Extended Fund Facility Arrangement and the 2017 Article IV Visit to Armenia

1 week 4 days ago

Building a More Resilient and Inclusive Global Economy

1 week 4 days ago

Canada Adheres to the International Monetary Fund's Special Data Dissemination Standard Plus

1 week 5 days ago

Six Things to Know About Somalia's Economy

1 week 5 days ago

IMF Staff Completes 2017 Article IV Mission to Bahrain

1 week 6 days ago

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2016 Article IV Consultation with Qatar

1 week 6 days ago

Making Trade an Engine of Growth for All: The Case for Trade and for Policies to Facilitate Adjustment

1 week 6 days ago

Qatar : 2016 Article IV Consultation-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Qatar

1 week 6 days ago
Country Report No. 17/88

Qatar : Selected Issues

1 week 6 days ago
Country Report No. 17/89

OECD News - Corruption

Advisory Group on Anti-Corruption and Integrity Delivers Recommendations for OECD

2 weeks 2 days ago
An independent group of leading anti-corruption and integrity experts recommends doing more to enforce and develop anti-corruption standards and enhancing collaboration with other international organisations in a report on ways the OECD can strengthen its vital work in combating bribery and promoting integrity.

OECD News - Development

International Economic Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean

46 weeks 2 days ago
The theme of the 2016 Forum taking place in Paris on 3 June is "New Challenges and Innovative Partnerships in a Shifting World". Key issues on the agenda include redefining partnerships to support inclusive and sustainable growth, and innovative policies to increase productivity and tackle inequalities.

OECD Forum 2016: Productive economies, Inclusive societies

46 weeks 5 days ago
Forum 2016, entitled Productive economies, Inclusive societies will be organised around the 3 cross-cutting themes of the OECD Week: inclusive growth and productivity, innovation and the digital economy, and international collaboration for implementing international agreements (COP21 and the Sustainable Development Goals) and standards (BEPS and automatic exchange of information).

How to reach the Sustainable Development Goals? We need a GPS

47 weeks 2 days ago
With the Sustainable Development Goals, the world has set itself ambitious targets for the next 15 years. But ambition will also be essential if we are to collect and process the data needed for monitoring the goals. Thanks to more than half a century of experience, the OECD is well-placed to support this global project.

Africa’s choice: Business-as-usual or a green agenda?

47 weeks 4 days ago
The Paris Agreement on climate change signals the end of business as usual for energy industries. For the first time in history more than 150 developed and developing countries have promised to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But how binding are these agreements? And do they provide impetus for local action in Africa?

It’s up to us all to end child labour

47 weeks 5 days ago
A young boy named Kalu, who had been rescued from a carpet-weaving unit in Bihar, once raised a compelling and very significant question when he met then-President Bill Clinton. In conversation with the President, Kalu politely inquired about his plans and policies with regard to the world’s children and their condition.

Africa: Economic transformation hinges on unlocking potential of cities, says the African Economic Outlook 2016

47 weeks 6 days ago
How Africa urbanises will be critical to the continent’s future growth and development, says the African Economic Outlook 2016 released today at the African Development Bank Group’s 51st Annual Meetings.

The OECD at the World Humanitarian Summit

47 weeks 6 days ago
The World Humanitarian Summit will be held in Istanbul on 23-24 May. The purpose of the summit is to set a forward-looking agenda for humanitarian action to collectively address future humanitarian challenges.

Fighting poverty means fighting sexism

48 weeks 3 days ago
Nowhere in the world do women have as many opportunities as men, whether those opportunities are economic, social or political. If we’re going to make our commitments under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) count, we have to start here.

OECD News - Economy

OECD project on Growth, Investment and the Low-Carbon Transition

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The OECD is undertaking a major project on the economic growth and investment implications of the transition to a low-carbon, climate resilient economy in the context of the German G20 Presidency. The final report from the project, entitled "Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth", will be launched in the margins of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin on 23 May 2017.

OECD Technical Report on Progress on Structural Reform Under the G20 ESRA

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This OECD technical report to G-20 Finance Ministers and Governors provides an assessment of progress on structural reform to achieve strong, sustainable and balanced growth under the G-20 Enhanced Structural Reform Agenda (ESRA) agreed at the Hangzhou summit.

Reforming Brazil’s pension system

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Brazil’s old-age pensions have reduced old-age poverty below OECD levels, but pension expenditures of 8.2% of GDP are expected to rise rapidly as the population ages. A pension reform is necessary to ensure the financial sustainability of the system.

Japan: Boost employment and productivity to promote inclusive growth and meet demographic challenges

1 week 3 days ago
The Japanese economy has gained momentum and is creating jobs, according to a new OECD report. The latest OECD Economic Survey of Japan, presented in Tokyo by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, says that per capita growth rates in recent years have matched those across the OECD – a major improvement. The Survey underlines the key role Abenomics has played in the economic revival.

Towards a Better Globalisation: How Germany can respond to the critics

1 week 5 days ago
Citizens in many countries are expressing dissatisfaction with how they believe trade, technology and immigration are affecting their daily lives. While much of this discontent can be traced back to the global economic crisis, its root causes are more complex. What can be done at the Global, European and German level?

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, April 2017

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Stable growth momentum in the OECD area

Improving the allocation and efficiency of public spending in Indonesia

2 weeks 2 days ago
Indonesia's fiscal position is generally sound and policy making prudent. However, the country still faces important challenges in terms of economic and social development.

Decentralisation to promote regional development in Indonesia

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In 1998 Indonesia embarked on an ambitious course of decentralisation. Over a period of a few years, facilitated by financial transfers from the central government, responsibility for many public services and administrative tasks were devolved to local authorities.

OECD News - Finance

Ensuring financial education and consumer protection for all in the digital age

3 days 13 hours ago
This report discusses the implications of the digitalisation of finance for financial education and relevant consumer protection issues and provides an overview of digital financial services around the world.

World Trade Organization - News

Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body

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The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 19 April 2017, of the Dispute Settlement Body, which consists of all WTO members and oversees legal disputes among them. The meeting notice is circulated in the form of a document officially called an “airgram”.

DDG Agah: “Encouraging progress in cotton negotiations made but more to be done”

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Speaking at the fifth ministerial coordination meeting of the Cotton 4 (C-4) countries on 18-21 April 2017 in Cotonou, Bénin, WTO Deputy Director-General Yonov Fred Agah praised the C-4 for bringing cotton to the forefront of WTO negotiations over recent years. He called on WTO members to intensify the work to help poorer countries use cotton to foster growth and raise living standards.

WTO Arbitrator determines “reasonable period of time” in US washers dispute

1 week 3 days ago
On 13 April 2017, an Arbitrator issued her Award regarding the “reasonable period of time” for implementing the recommendations and rulings of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) in the dispute “United States — Anti-dumping and Countervailing Measures on large residential washers from Korea” (WT/DS464). The Arbitrator determined that the “reasonable period of time” for the United States to implement the DSB’s recommendations and rulings in this dispute is 15 months from the adoption of the panel and Appellate Body Reports in this dispute. The reasonable period of time will thus expire on 26 December 2017.

Trade recovery expected in 2017 and 2018, amid policy uncertainty

1 week 4 days ago
Growth in the volume of world merchandise trade is expected to rebound this year from its tepid performance in 2016, but only if the global economy recovers as expected and governments pursue the right policy mix, WTO economists reported.

WTO trade forecasts press conference

1 week 4 days ago

Turkey launches safeguard investigation on pneumatic tyres

1 week 4 days ago
On 12 April, Turkey notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it had initiated on 6 April a safeguard investigation on pneumatic tyres.

Merkel, leaders of five multilateral agencies seek answers to globalization challenges

1 week 5 days ago
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of five multilateral agencies met on 10 April in Berlin to discuss the challenges arising from globalization and how best to address them.

Joint press release by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder and WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo on the

1 week 6 days ago

WTO-IMF-World Bank report calls domestic policies critical in aiding displaced workers

1 week 6 days ago
Trade leads to productivity gains and significant benefits for consumers, especially the poor, but can also be responsible for job displacement that must be addressed through sound domestic policies that can help the unemployed get back on their feet, say economists from the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

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The Network – via its international secretariat, regional chapters and country chapters – reaches over 1000 Parliamentarians in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. It strives to increase transparency and accountability in the development cooperation process by fostering the oversight role of parliaments and civil society. The Network has a specific focus on multilateral aid and a sub-focus on the work and modus operandi of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the world’s largest multilateral funders.

 

It provides a platform for MPs and civil society to hold to account their own governments, as well as International Financial Institutions (IFIs), for development outcomes.

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