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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

Croatian Economy: Be Dynamic, Not only in Tourism

4 hours 43 min ago

Statement by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Uzbekistan

5 hours 15 min ago

IMF Staff Concludes Visit to Serbia

6 hours 4 min ago

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2017 Article IV Consultation with Belize

8 hours 15 min ago

Belize : 2017 Article IV Consultation-Press Release; Staff Report; Informational Annex; Statement by the Executive Director for Belize

15 hours 30 min ago
Country Report No. 17/286

Belize : Selected Issues

15 hours 30 min ago
Country Report No. 17/287

IMF Staff Completes 2017 Article IV Mission to Papua New Guinea

22 hours 32 sec ago

2017 Michel Camdessus Central Banking Lecture Series: Managing Director's Opening Remarks

1 day 4 hours ago

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Staff Concluding Statement of the 2017 Article IV Mission

1 day 5 hours ago

Addressing Corruption with Clarity

1 day 6 hours ago

Japan : Financial Sector Assessment Program-Technical Note-Regulation and Supervision of Securities

1 day 15 hours ago
Country Report No. 17/284

Japan : Financial Sector Assessment Program-Detailed Assessment of Observance on Basel Core Principles for Effective Banking Supervision

1 day 15 hours ago
Country Report No. 17/282

Japan : Financial Sector Assessment Program-Technical Note-Systemic Risk Analysis and Stress Testing the Financial Sector

1 day 15 hours ago
Country Report No. 17/285

Japan : Financial Sector Assessment Program-Technical Note-Insurance Sector Regulation and Supervision

1 day 15 hours ago
Country Report No. 17/281

Japan : Financial Sector Assessment Program-Technical Note-Long-Term Challenges for Financial Intermediation

1 day 15 hours ago
Country Report No. 17/283

Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative and Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI)—Statistical Update

4 days 1 hour ago

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2017 Article IV Consultation with Portugal

4 days 10 hours ago

Federated States of Micronesia : 2017 Article IV Consultation-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for the Federated States of Micronesia

4 days 15 hours ago
Country Report No. 17/280

Uganda : Technical Assistance Report-Improving GDP Forecasting

4 days 15 hours ago
Country Report No. 17/270

Uganda : Technical Assistance Report-Enhancing the Performance of Public Investment Management

4 days 15 hours ago
Country Report No. 17/269

Uganda : Technical Assistance Report-Developing the Charter for Fiscal Responsibility

4 days 15 hours ago
Country Report No. 17/268

Uganda : Technical Assistance Report-Drafting the Public Finance Management Regulations

4 days 15 hours ago
Country Report No. 17/267

Portugal : Selected Issues

4 days 15 hours ago
Country Report No. 17/279

Portugal : 2017 Article IV Consultation-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Portugal

4 days 15 hours ago
Country Report No. 17/278

Uganda : Technical Assistance Report-Implementing the Public Financial Management Bill

4 days 15 hours ago
Country Report No. 17/266

IMF Staff Concludes Visit to Jamaica to Discuss Progress of Economic Program

4 days 19 hours ago

Transcript of IMF Press Briefing

4 days 21 hours ago

Shadow Banking and Market Based Finance

4 days 23 hours ago

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2017 Article IV Consultation with Montenegro

5 days 6 hours ago

Montenegro : 2017 Article IV Consultation-Press Release;Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Montenegro

5 days 15 hours ago
Country Report No. 17/276

Montenegro : Selected Issues

5 days 15 hours ago
Country Report No. 17/277

The Bahamas: Staff Concluding Statement of the 2017 Article IV Mission

5 days 21 hours ago

IMF Staff Concludes Visit to Lebanon

5 days 22 hours ago

IMF Video:Analyze This! Inclusive Growth

6 days 48 min ago

Statement by IMF Deputy Managing Director Mitsuhiro Furusawa at the Conclusion of a Visit to Burkina Faso

6 days 1 hour ago

Increasing Resilience to Large and Volatile Capital Flows: The Role of Macroprudential Policies - Case Studies

6 days 4 hours ago

Big Data : Potential, Challenges and Statistical Implications

6 days 15 hours ago

Slovenia's Central Bank Governor: Institutions Are the People Who Govern Them

1 week 2 hours ago

IMF Video: Safeguards Assessments of Central Banks

1 week 5 hours ago

IMF Video: Path to Influence: China's Role in the Global Economy

1 week 5 hours ago

Fiscal Rules : Coping with Revenue Volatility in Lesotho and Swaziland

1 week 15 hours ago

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2017 Article IV Consultation with the Kingdom of Swaziland

1 week 1 day ago

Medium-Term Budget Frameworks in Sub-Saharan African Countries

1 week 1 day ago
Working Paper No. 17/203

Kingdom of Swaziland : 2017 Article IV Consultation-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for the Kingdom of Swaziland

1 week 1 day ago
Country Report No. 17/274

Kingdom of Swaziland : Selected Issues

1 week 1 day ago
Country Report No. 17/275

Digital Revolutions in Public Finance: Visionaries, Plumbers & Architects

1 week 3 days ago

Morocco : Ex-Post Evaluation of Exceptional Access Under the 2014 Precautionary and Liquidity Line Arrangement-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Morocco

1 week 4 days ago
Country Report No. 17/265

Morocco : Second Review Under the Arrangement Under the Precautionary and Liquidity Line(PLL)-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Morocco

1 week 4 days ago
Country Report No. 17/264

Growth Breaks and Growth Spells in Sub-Saharan Africa

1 week 4 days ago
Working Paper No. 17/202

The Effect of Leverage on Asset Sales Between Financial Institutions

1 week 4 days ago
Working Paper No. 17/200

What Prevents a Real Business Cycle Model from Matching the U.S. Data? Decomposing the Labor Wedge

1 week 4 days ago
Working Paper No. 17/201

Mongolia to Implement the IMF's Enhanced General Data Dissemination System

1 week 4 days ago

Guidance for the Investment of Temporary Resources to Generate Income to Contribute to PRG, PRG-HIPC, and CCR Trusts

1 week 5 days ago

Guidelines for Investing PRG, PRG-HIPC, and CCR Trusts Assets

1 week 5 days ago

Banking on Women Leaders: A Case for More?

1 week 5 days ago
Working Paper No. 17/199

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde Expresses Sympathy to Countries Affected by Hurricane Irma

1 week 5 days ago

IMF Executive Board Holds Informal Briefing on Venezuela

1 week 5 days ago

Moldova: Back From The Brink, And Getting Better

1 week 5 days ago

Asia-Pacific Region: Gearing Up for the Next Transformation

1 week 6 days ago

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

1 week 6 days ago

IMF Executive Board Completes Fourth Review Under the ECF, Approves US$94.2 Million Disbursement and Program Extension; and Concludes 2017 Article IV Consultation with Ghana

1 week 6 days ago

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2017 Article IV Consultation with Serbia

1 week 6 days ago

Republic of Serbia : 2017 Article IV Consultation, Seventh Review Under the Stand-by Arrangement and Modification of Performance Criteria-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for the Republic of Serbia

1 week 6 days ago
Country Report No. 17/263

Ghana : 2017 Article IV Consultation, Fourth Review Under the Extended Credit Facility Arrangement, Request for Waiver for Nonobservance of Performance Criteria, and Request for Extension and Rephasing of the Arrangement-Press Release; Staff Report; Staff

1 week 6 days ago
Country Report No. 17/262

Together, Korea’s Women and Economy Can Soar

1 week 6 days ago

OECD News - Corruption

Roundtable on 20 years of the Anti-Bribery Convention

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On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, this roundtable will focus on the impact of the Convention 20 years on, the impact of the Convention on major emerging economies not yet party to the Convention, and the detection of foreign bribery.

OECD News - Development

International Economic Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean

1 year 15 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 15 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 17 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 17 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 17 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

Findings of the recent literature on international capital flows: implications and suggestions for further research

11 hours 55 sec ago
Financial globalisation has given international capital flows a central role in the functioning of the global economy and has therefore led to considerable economic research over the past 30 years.

Estonia: Policy action is needed for stronger and more inclusive growth

4 days 3 hours ago
Estonia: Policy action is needed for stronger and more inclusive growth

Latvia: Maintain robust expansion and continue reforms to achieve income convergence and more inclusive growth

4 days 4 hours ago
Successful implementation of economic reforms has boosted the Latvian economy, leading to strong growth, rising wages and solid public finances. Further policy action is now needed to accelerate productivity growth, create jobs, drive down poverty, improve living standards and ensure that everyone benefits from more inclusive growth, according to a new report from the OECD.

France: Economy is expanding but reforms needed to maintain benefits and boost jobs

5 days 2 hours ago
The French economy is expanding, the labour market is recovering – albeit gradually - while productivity and the standard of living remain generally high, according to a new OECD report.

G20 GDP Growth - Second quarter of 2017, OECD

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G20 GDP growth accelerates to 0.9% in second quarter of 2017

Harmonised Unemployment Rates (HURs), OECD - Updated: September 2017

1 week 1 day ago
OECD unemployment rate stable at 5.8% in July 2017

Sharing the benefits of China’s growth by providing opportunities to all

1 week 1 day ago
Living standards in China have greatly improved over the past few decades. Both sustained economic growth and an expansion of the social security system have contributed to a sharp reduction in the number of people in poverty.

Boosting firm dynamism and performance in China

1 week 1 day ago
With persisting slower growth worldwide and in China, over-capacity in some heavy industry sectors, declining profitability, and intensifying competition from other, lower-cost emerging economies, corporate behaviour in China needs to change and focus more on efficiency and sustainability.

The capacity of governments to raise taxes

1 week 1 day ago
This paper investigates the factors that shape governments’ capacity to collect revenue.

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, September 2017

1 week 5 days ago
Composite leading indicators continue to point to stable growth momentum in the OECD area

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 5 September 2017

2 weeks 6 hours ago
OECD annual inflation nudges up to 2.0% in July 2017

Slovenia: Boost investment and productivity through better skills and regulation

2 weeks 9 hours ago
The Slovenian economy is rebounding after a long downturn, experiencing stronger growth, declining unemployment, healthier public finances and renewed income convergence with more advanced European economies. Further reforms are now needed to increase investment, boost productivity, improve living standards and ensure that all Slovenians benefit from inclusive growth, according to a new report from the OECD.

OECD News - Finance

India-OECD Global Symposium on Financial Education

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New Delhi, India, 8-9 November 2017. This symposium will focus on how to implement effective financial education policies in a changing financial landscape with a focus on financial education in the digital age.

4th OECD Green Investment Financing Forum

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Paris, 24-25 October 2017: Bringing together leading actors across the green finance community, the 2017 forum will focus on the short and long-term actions needed to meet the Paris Agreement; opportunities for green investment; the role of the financial system; and channels for green finance and investment.

Findings of the recent literature on international capital flows: implications and suggestions for further research

11 hours 55 sec ago
Financial globalisation has given international capital flows a central role in the functioning of the global economy and has therefore led to considerable economic research over the past 30 years.

Technology and innovation in the insurance sector

1 week 4 days ago
“Insurtech”is the term being used to describe the new technologies with the potential to bring innovation to the insurance sector and impact the regulatory practices of insurance markets. This report catalogues these technologies and examines how InsurTech is being funded and how insurers are engaging with the start-ups entering the market.

Technology and innovation in the insurance sector

1 week 4 days ago
“Insurtech”is the term being used to describe the new technologies with the potential to bring innovation to the insurance sector and impact the regulatory practices of insurance markets. This report catalogues these technologies and examines how InsurTech is being funded and how insurers are engaging with the start-ups entering the market.

Annual Survey of Investment Regulation of Pension Funds

1 week 5 days ago
Each year, the OECD publishes a survey of the investment regulation of pension funds which describes the main quantitative investment regulations applied to pension funds in OECD and IOPS countries. The survey questionnaire covers all types of pension plans financed via pension funds.

Coping with the financial consequences of devastating floods

1 week 5 days ago
‌07/09/2017 - Flooding is one of the most common, wide-reaching and destructive natural perils, affecting on average about 250 million people around the world each year. OECD work on the financial management of flood risk has identified a number of ways that policy makers can improve the way they manage the financial implications of floods.

Coping with devastating floods

1 week 6 days ago
‌06/09/2017 - Flooding is one of the most common, wide-reaching and destructive natural perils, affecting on average about 250 million people around the world each year. OECD work on the financial management of flood risk has identified a number of ways that policy makers can improve the way they manage the financial implications of floods

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 22 September 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”.

Australia gives AUD 1.4 million to help developing countries participate in global trade

1 day 3 hours ago
The government of Australia is contributing over AUD 1.4 million (CHF 1.1 million) to WTO trade-related programmes to help developing countries and in particular least-developed countries (LDCs) participate in multilateral trade negotiations and better access global markets.

WTO announces winner of 2017 Essay Award for Young Economists

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The winner of the 2017 WTO Essay Award for Young Economists is Meredith Startz of Princeton University. Her paper, “The Value of Face-to-Face: Search and Contracting Problems in Nigerian Trade”, was ranked first by the Selection Panel. She was presented with her prize of CHF 5,000 at the annual meeting of the European Trade Study Group in Florence on 14 September 2017.

Members welcome active engagement of Belarus in WTO accession process

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WTO members welcomed the active engagement of Belarus in its efforts to become a member of the organization and expressed readiness to maintain the positive momentum in the ongoing negotiations, at the meeting held by the Working Party on the country’s accession on 13 September 2017 — just over seven months after the last formal meeting.

Trade Policy Review: Jamaica

6 days 6 hours ago
The fourth review of the trade policies and practices of Jamaica takes place on 13 and 15 September 2017. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Jamaica.

DG Azevêdo: China’s commitment to openness will continue to drive the economy forward

1 week 3 hours ago
Director-General Roberto Azevêdo visited Beijing, China, on 12 September to participate in the “1+6” roundtable meeting hosted by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, together with five other heads of major international economic organizations and financial institutions (the IMF, World Bank, ILO, OECD and the Financial Stability Board). They discussed the continued need to promote an open and inclusive global economy, and the central role of the multilateral trading system in this effort.

WTO members resume fisheries subsidies negotiations after August pause

1 week 1 day ago
At the 11-12 September informal meeting of the Negotiating Group on Rules (NGR), WTO members started to comb through a compilation matrix of seven proposals to limit harmful fisheries subsidies. Line-by-line topical discussions based on the matrix are aimed at paving the way for a well-supported, draft decision text for submission to the WTO’s 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) in December.

Appellate Body issues report regarding EU anti-dumping measures on fatty alcohols from Indonesia

2 weeks 3 hours ago
On 5 September 2017, the WTO Appellate Body issued its report in the case “European Union – Anti-Dumping Measures on Imports of Certain Fatty Alcohols from Indonesia” (DS442).

Public Forum online registration closes on 12 September

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Just nine days are left to register to attend this year’s WTO Public Forum. Participants interested in attending this year’s Forum should submit an online application form no later than 12 September 2017. Last minute and onsite registrations will not be accepted.

Appellate Body issues report regarding US tax breaks for civil aircraft production

2 weeks 1 day ago
On 4 September 2017, the WTO Appellate Body issued its report in the case “United States – Conditional Tax Incentives for Large Civil Aircraft” (DS487).

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.
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