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Beijing, December 17, 2015—IFC, a

18 weeks 6 days ago
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

Regional Economic Outlook

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IMF Executive Board Concludes 2018 Article IV Consultation with Vanuatu

2 hours 31 min ago

IMF Reaches Staff-Level Agreement with Mali on Ninth Review under ECF Arrangement

4 hours 27 sec ago

Statement by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Her Participation in the Paris Conference on Terrorism Financing

6 hours 46 min ago

Vanuatu : 2018 Article IV Consultation-Press Release; and Staff Report

19 hours 50 min ago
Country Report No. 18/109

A New Action-based Dataset of Fiscal Consolidation in Latin America and the Caribbean

19 hours 50 min ago
Working Paper No. 18/94

Instruments, Investor Base, and Recent Developments in the Malaysian Government Bond Market

19 hours 50 min ago
Working Paper No. 18/95

International Monetary Fund Appoints Edward C. Anderson as Chief Information Officer

1 day 4 hours ago

World Bank Group and IMF to Hold 2021 Annual Meetings in Marrakech, Morocco

1 day 8 hours ago

West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) : Common Policies for Member Countries - Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for the WAEMU

1 day 19 hours ago
Country Report No. 18/106

West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) : Selected Issues

1 day 19 hours ago
Country Report No. 18/107

IMF Staff Concludes 2018 Article IV Consultation to Tuvalu

2 days 6 hours ago

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

2 days 9 hours ago

Financial Crises, Macroeconomic Shocks, and the Government Balance Sheet: A Panel Analysis

2 days 19 hours ago
Working Paper No. 18/93

On Bank Consolidation in a Currency Union

2 days 19 hours ago
Working Paper No. 18/92

A New Strategy for Korea’s Fiscal Policy in a Low Growth Environment

2 days 19 hours ago
Working Paper No. 18/91

Opening Remarks to the 2018 ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development

3 days 5 hours ago

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2018 Article IV Consultation with the Dominican Republic

3 days 6 hours ago

IMF Executive Board Approves New Framework for Enhanced Engagement on Governance

4 days 4 hours ago

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

4 days 5 hours ago

Review of 1997 Guidance Note on Governance - A Proposed Framework for Enhanced Fund Engagement

4 days 10 hours ago

Statement by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Greece

5 days 2 hours ago

Transcript of IMFC Press Conference

5 days 3 hours ago

Transcript of African Department Press Briefing

5 days 4 hours ago

IMFC Statements

5 days 6 hours ago

Communiqué of the Thirty-Seventh Meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee

5 days 7 hours ago

Communiqué of the Thirty-Seventh Meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee

5 days 7 hours ago

Transcript of Asia and Pacfic Department Press Briefing

5 days 23 hours ago

Transcript of Middle East and Central Asia Department Press Briefing

6 days 4 min ago

IMF, Central Bank of Egypt and Government of Egypt to Host Inclusive Growth and Job Creation Conference in Egypt

6 days 8 hours ago

IMF Reaches Staff-Level Agreement on the Fourth Review of Sri Lanka’s Extended Fund Facility

6 days 11 hours ago

Transcript of G-24 Press Conference

1 week 4 hours ago

Progress Report to the IMFC on the Activities of the Independent Evaluation Office of the IMF

1 week 5 hours ago

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

1 week 5 hours ago

Transcript of Managing Director's Press Briefing

1 week 5 hours ago

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

1 week 8 hours ago

IMF Staff Concludes 2018 Article IV Visit to Oman

1 week 8 hours ago

IMF Staff Concludes Program Negotiation Mission to the Republic of Congo

1 week 8 hours ago

Transcript of the Press Conference on the Release of the April 2018 Fiscal Monitor

1 week 1 day ago

Transcript of Global Financial Stability Report Press Briefing

1 week 1 day ago

Executive Board Concludes 2018 Article IV Discussions with Cabo Verde

1 week 1 day ago

Statement by IMF Deputy Managing Director Tao Zhang on Angola

1 week 1 day ago

Global Financial Stability Report: Volatility, Protectionism Raising Risks

1 week 1 day ago

Cabo Verde : 2018 Article IV Consultation-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Cabo Verde

1 week 1 day ago
Country Report No. 18/104

Cabo Verde : Selected Issues Paper

1 week 1 day ago
Country Report No. 18/105

Cote d'Ivoire : Technical Assistance Report-Modernizing the Analysis, Monitoring, and Disclosure of Fiscal Risks

1 week 1 day ago
Country Report No. 18/95

2018 Interim Surveillance Review

1 week 2 days ago

IMF Executive Board Concludes Interim Review of the Fund’s Surveillance Activities

1 week 2 days ago

Transcript of the Press Conference on the Release of the April 2018 World Economic Outlook

1 week 2 days ago

New Zealand: Staff Concluding Statement of the 2018 Article IV Mission

1 week 2 days ago

Updated: Key Questions on Tunisia

1 week 2 days ago

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2018 Article IV Consultation and the Third Review under the Stand-By Arrangement with Jamaica

1 week 3 days ago

Jamaica : 2018 Article IV Consultation, Third Review Under the Stand-By Arrangement and Request for Modification of Performance Criteria-Press Release and Staff Report

1 week 3 days ago
Country Report No. 18/103

IMF Staff Completes Mission for the 2018 Article IV Consultation and Second Review of Georgia’s Extended Fund Facility

1 week 3 days ago

IMF Executive Board Completes First ECF Review for Chad and Approves US$ 51 Million Disbursement

1 week 6 days ago

IMF staff completes 2018 Article IV mission to Honduras

1 week 6 days ago

IMF Statement on Tunisia

1 week 6 days ago

Thou Shalt Not Breach: The Impact on Sovereign Spreads of Noncomplying with the EU Fiscal Rules

1 week 6 days ago
Working Paper No. 18/87

Second-Generation Fiscal Rules : Balancing Simplicity, Flexibility, and Enforceability

1 week 6 days ago
Staff Discussion Notes No. 18/04

Stabilizing China’s Housing Market

1 week 6 days ago
Working Paper No. 18/89

Intergovernmental Fiscal Reform in China

1 week 6 days ago
Working Paper No. 18/88

An Estimated DSGE Model to Analyze Housing Market Policies in Hong Kong SAR

1 week 6 days ago
Working Paper No. 18/90

OECD News - Corruption

Call for candidates: OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct seeks a new Chair

4 weeks 7 hours ago
29/03/2018 - The OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct is seeking candidates for a new Chairs to assist in implementing and promoting the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

Russia - OECD Anti-Bribery Convention

4 weeks 14 hours ago
This page contains all information relating to implementation of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention in Russia.

The role of media and investigative journalism in combating corruption

4 weeks 2 days ago
This study explores good practices and challenges in the detection of international corruption cases via media reporting and investigative journalism.

The role of media and investigative journalism in combating corruption

4 weeks 2 days ago
This study explores good practices and challenges in the detection of international corruption cases via media reporting and investigative journalism.

Switzerland’s significant foreign bribery enforcement should be accompanied by harsher penalties and private sector whistleblower protection

4 weeks 2 days ago
The OECD Working Group on Bribery has just completed a review of Switzerland's enforcement of the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions and related instruments. The Working Group welcomes the significant level of enforcement by the Federal Office of the Attorney General. Switzerland has cracked down on the bribery of foreign public officials in recent years.

OECD Strategic Approach to Combating Corruption and Promoting Integrity

4 weeks 2 days ago
This report provides a map for strengthening the OECD’s work in combating corruption and promoting integrity. It will help to guide reflection on current and future work, with a view to ensuring that the Organisation's anti-corruption and integrity policies are more coherent, more globally relevant and impactful.

OECD Global Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum

4 weeks 2 days ago
27-28 March 2018, Paris: Under the theme “Planet Integrity”, the Forum will debate how integrity cultivates a level playing field for business, reduces socio-economic inequalities, and makes public policies more effective - enhancing the benefits of globalisation for all.

Poland must make urgent legislative reforms to combat foreign bribery

5 weeks 13 hours ago
Poland must make urgent progress on carrying out key recommendations of the OECD Working Group on Bribery that remain unimplemented, more than four years after its Phase 3 evaluation in June 2013.

OECD News - Development

International Economic Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean

1 year 46 weeks 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

1 year 47 weeks 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

1 year 47 weeks 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?

1 year 48 weeks 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

1 year 48 weeks 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

1 year 48 weeks 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

1 year 48 weeks 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

1 year 48 weeks 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 Workshop on digital financial assets

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Paris, 15-16 May 2018 - This workshop will focus on recent developments and main policy challenges related to the emergence of digital financial assets. Discussions will cover monetary policy and financial systems, regulation, firms’ business and funding models, and taxation.

Costa Rica: Distribuir los beneficios del crecimiento más ampliamente

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La economía de Costa Rica es sólida y continúa convergiendo hacia los niveles de vida de los países miembros de la OCDE.

A balancing act: Why inequality increased in the Nordics

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The Nordics are rightly renowned for being inclusive societies with low inequality compared to other OECD countries. However, some of the largest inequality increases over the past few decades took place in Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

Will the inflation genie escape the bottle? New evidence on globalisation, competition and inflation

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Markets and commentators are speculating that there may be a sustained pick-up in inflation in the United States, after years of subdued price pressures. Along with continued solid US jobs growth and low unemployment, there are tentative signs of higher wage growth and the fiscal stimulus will also boost short-term growth. Global growth is also getting stronger.

Thailand’s achievements and challenges as it aspires to become an inclusive high-income country

1 week 7 hours ago
From a feudal trading hub connecting South with East Asia in the 18th and 19th centuries, Thailand has developed into a rapidly modernising and more urban economy. The second half of the 20th century saw the rapid expansion in manufacturing and services, which underpinned its transformation into an upper-middle-income country.

Unblocking the productivity potential of local businesses in Ireland

1 week 14 hours ago
New firm-level analysis undertaken in tandem with the OECD Economic Survey of Ireland 2018 finds that the majority of businesses in Ireland have actually experienced falling productivity since the mid-2000s.

Costa Rica: Restore fiscal sustainability and make growth more inclusive

1 week 2 days ago
Costa Rica has made impressive economic and social progress in recent years, with robust economic growth facilitating near-universal access to education, health care and pensions.

Investment as a transmission mechanism from weak demand to weak supply and the post-crisis productivity slowdown

1 week 3 days ago
Current weak labour productivity growth in many OECD countries reflects historically weak contributions from both total factor productivity (TFP) growth and capital deepening.

OECD News - Finance

5th Global Policy Research Symposium to Advance Financial Literacy

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18 May 2018, Paris, France: The 2018 OECD-GFLEC symposium is addressing the impact of better financial literacy policies on inclusive and sustainable growth.

OECD Workshop on digital financial assets

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Paris, 15-16 May 2018 - This workshop will focus on recent developments and main policy challenges related to the emergence of digital financial assets. Discussions will cover monetary policy and financial systems, regulation, firms’ business and funding models, and taxation.

2018 Roundtable on Insurance and Retirement Saving in Asia

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25-26 April 2018, Tokyo - This event will bring together key stakeholders from the Asia Pacific region to discuss policy issues relevant to the sound development of insurance and private pensions markets.

2018 Roundtable on Insurance and Retirement Saving in Asia

1 day 9 hours ago
25-26 April 2018, Tokyo - This event will bring together key stakeholders from the Asia Pacific region to discuss policy issues relevant to the sound development of insurance and private pensions markets.

Survey of Large Pension Funds and Public Pension Reserve Funds

2 weeks 12 hours ago
The survey monitors and compares the investment behaviour, asset levels, and performances of the largest institutional investors in each region or country covered and analyses in greater depth the general trends observed at a national level.

Financial markets, insurance and pensions: Digitalisation and Finance

2 weeks 3 days ago
This publication compiles a series of articles that focus on the impact of digitalisation and technology in the areas of financial markets, insurance, and private pensions. It also discusses the tools and policies needed to ensure that the challenges posed by digitalisation result in better outcomes and better management of the risks involved.

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 27 April 2018, 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”.

DG Azevêdo opens symposium on link between trade and natural disasters

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A symposium held at the WTO’s headquarters today, 26 April 2018, provided an opportunity for participants to share ideas on how the international trade community can help countries respond to and recover from natural disasters and build resilience to such events in the future. The opening speech was delivered by WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo.

Registration opens for public access to oral hearing in “US — Large Civil Aircraft” appeal

1 day 7 hours ago
At the request of the European Union and the United States in the dispute “United States — Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft (Second Complaint) — Recourse to Article 21.5 of the DSU by the European Union” (DS353), the Appellate Body has authorized access to the oral hearing for WTO members and the general public via delayed broadcast. The video broadcast will take place at 13.00 on 8 May at the WTO’s headquarters in Geneva.

DG Azevêdo addresses the Informal Dialogue on Investment Facilitation

3 days 7 hours ago
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo addressed a meeting of the Informal Dialogue on Investment Facilitation for Development held at the WTO on 23 April, which focused on improving the transparency and predictability of investment measures.

South Africa launches safeguard investigation on “Other screws fully threaded with hexagon heads made of steel”

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On 23 April 2018, South Africa notified the WTO’s Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 20 April 2018 a safeguard investigation on “other screws fully threaded with hexagon heads made of steel”.

WTO members urged to break impasse in farm trade talks

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Every effort should be made by WTO members — particularly the leading trading nations — to break the impasse in the negotiations on agriculture and work collaboratively to achieve positive results, which would help reduce current tensions in the multilateral trading system, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff said on 20 April. DDG Wolff delivered his remarks at the China Agricultural Outlook Conference in Beijing. Here is what he said:

Members reiterate concerns over waste products, feed wheat, pulses and other goods

6 days 7 hours ago
WTO members expressed once again concerns over measures affecting waste products, feed wheat, pulses and other goods at the 20 April meeting of the Committee on Import Licensing. The Committee also elected its new chair, Ms Lorena Rivera Orjuela (Colombia).

WTO reports improved notification of preferential rules of origin for LDCs

1 week 7 hours ago
Most WTO members with preferential rules of origin programmes for least developed countries (LDCs) have notified their programmes to the WTO as well as data concerning their preferential imports from LDCs as required under the relevant 2015 Nairobi Ministerial Decision, WTO members were told on 19 April.

WTO hosts forum to exchange views on trade challenges from certificates of origin

1 week 1 day ago
WTO members met with representatives from the public and private sector on 18 April to discuss the challenges faced by exporters in complying with requirements related to the certification of origin. The information session at WTO headquarters is part of an outreach effort with business, academics and other international bodies to gain a better understanding of problems or difficulties and identify concrete solutions.

Panel circulates preliminary ruling in Canadian commercial aircraft dispute

1 week 2 days ago
On 17 April 2018, at the request of Brazil and Canada, the panel in “Canada – Measures Concerning Trade in Commercial Aircraft” (DS522) circulated a preliminary ruling.

Strong trade growth in 2018 rests on policy choices

2 weeks 7 hours ago
World merchandise trade growth is expected to remain strong in 2018 and 2019 after posting its largest increase in six years in 2017, but continued expansion depends on robust global economic growth and governments pursuing appropriate monetary, fiscal and especially trade policies, WTO economists said.

WTO trade forecasts: Press conference

2 weeks 7 hours ago

WTO issues panel report regarding Korean duties on pneumatic valves from Japan

2 weeks 8 hours ago
On 12 April the WTO circulated the panel report in the case brought by Japan in “Korea — Anti-Dumping Duties on Pneumatic Valves from Japan” (DS504).

Founded in 2000, the Parliamentary Network is an independent, non-governmental organization that provides a platform for Parliamentarians from over 140 countries to advocate for increased accountability and transparency in development cooperation. Jeremy Lefroy is the current Chair of the Parliamentary Network.

 

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.

Membership is free of charge and open to elected parliamentarians who currently hold a mandate. As a member, you will receive The Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s policy materials, including the quarterly Network Review publication and the Parliamentarians and Development series.

You will also be eligible to attend the Annual Conference and participate in discussions with senior World Bank and IMF leadership. You can also be invited to take part in the Parliamentarians in the Field country visit programme.
In addition, the The Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and International Monetary Fund often invites partner organizations to join its activities.
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