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IFC Press Releases

Beijing, December 17, 2015—IFC, a

9 weeks 1 day 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

Statement by IMF Managing Director Lagarde on Meeting with the Federal Chancellor of Austria

13 hours 34 min ago

IMF Team Concludes Article IV Mission to El Salvador

1 day 5 hours ago

Platform Partners’ Statement at the Closing of the Conference on Taxation and SDGs

1 day 6 hours ago

Turkey: Staff Concluding Statement of the 2018 Article IV Mission

1 day 16 hours ago

Monetary Policy and Models of Currency Demand

1 day 22 hours ago
Working Paper No. 18/28

International Capital Flow Pressures

1 day 22 hours ago
Working Paper No. 18/30

Portfolio Inflows Eclipsing Banking Inflows: Alternative Facts?

1 day 22 hours ago
Working Paper No. 18/29

Central Bank Reserve Management and International Financial Stability—Some Post-Crisis Reflections

1 day 22 hours ago
Working Paper No. 18/31

Transcript of IMF Press Briefing

2 days 7 hours ago

Statement by IMF Deputy Managing Director Tao Zhang at the Conclusion of his Visit to Kosovo

2 days 9 hours ago

IMF Holds Informal Board Briefing on Burundi

3 days 4 hours ago

Guidance Note on the Bank-Fund Debt Sustainability Framework for Low Income Countries

3 days 4 hours ago

UK Economy Must Get More Efficient

3 days 5 hours ago

Dominican Republic: Staff Concluding Statement of the 2018 Article IV Mission

3 days 7 hours ago

IMF Staff Reaches Staff-level Agreement on an Extended Credit Facility Arrangement and Completes 2018 Article IV Discussions with Malawi

3 days 12 hours ago

IMF Staff Concludes Visit to Georgia

3 days 12 hours ago

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

3 days 12 hours ago
Country Report No. 18/42

United Kingdom : Selected Issues

3 days 18 hours ago
Country Report No. 18/43

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2017 Article IV Consultation with the United Kingdom

3 days 18 hours ago

Blog: Chart of the Week: Crime, Joblessness, and Youth in the Caribbean

3 days 20 hours ago

Morocco: A Practical Approach to Monetary Policy Analysis in a Country with Capital Controls

3 days 22 hours ago
Working Paper No. 18/27

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2017 Article IV Consultation with the Republic of Korea

4 days 4 hours ago

Statement by IMF Deputy Managing Director Tao Zhang at the Conclusion of his Visit to Albania

4 days 6 hours ago

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2017 Article IV Consultation with Bosnia and Herzegovina

4 days 13 hours ago

Bosnia and Herzegovina : 2017 Article IV Consultation, First Review Under the Extended Arrangement Under the Extended Fund Facility, Requests for Extension of the Arrangement, Rephasing of Purchases, and Waiver of Nonobservance of Performance Criterion-Pr

4 days 13 hours ago
Country Report No. 18/39

Republic of Korea : Selected Issues

4 days 22 hours ago
Country Report No. 18/41

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

4 days 22 hours ago
Country Report No. 18/40

Lebanon: Staff Concluding Statement of the 2018 Article IV Mission

5 days 7 hours ago

Costa Rica : Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Statistics (October 13-23, 2014)

5 days 22 hours ago
Country Report No. 18/35

Costa Rica : Technical Assistance Report-The Coordinated Direct Investment Survey and the Coordinated Portfolio Investment Survey (March 6-14, 2014)

5 days 22 hours ago
Country Report No. 18/36

El Salvador : Technical Assistance Report-The Coordinated Direct Investment Survey and the Coordinated Portfolio Investment Survey (April 21-29, 2014)

5 days 22 hours ago
Country Report No. 18/37

El Salvador : Technical Assistance Report-Balance of Payments, International Investment Position, and Secondary Income Statistics (July 14-22, 2014)

5 days 22 hours ago
Country Report No. 18/38

Statement by IMF Managing Director on Meeting with HH Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

6 days 9 hours ago

Statement by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Meeting with Kyrgyz Republic Prime Minister Sapar Isakov

6 days 12 hours ago

Statement by IMF Managing Director on Meeting with HH Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

6 days 12 hours ago

Spending Reform for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in Arab Countries

1 week 1 day ago

Modifying the Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust (PRGT) Cumulative Borrowing Limit

1 week 1 day ago

Blog: Smartphones Drive New Global Tech Cycle, but Is Demand Peaking?

1 week 1 day ago

IMF Executive Board Completes First Review of EFF Arrangement with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Concludes 2017 Article IV Consultation

1 week 1 day ago

IMF and Zambia Host the Sixth African Fiscal Forum in Lusaka

1 week 1 day ago

Luxembourg: Concluding Statement of the 2018 Article IV Mission

1 week 1 day ago

A Dream Deferred: Inequality Across Generations in Europe

1 week 1 day ago

Commodity-based Sovereign Wealth Funds : Managing Financial Flows in the Context of the Sovereign Balance Sheet

1 week 1 day ago
Working Paper No. 18/26

Trade-offs in Bank Resolution

1 week 1 day ago

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2017 Article IV Consultation with the Republic of Fiji

1 week 2 days ago

Public Infrastructure in the Western Balkans: A Highway to Higher Income

1 week 2 days ago

IMF and BIS—Working Together to Boost Financial Stability

1 week 2 days ago

Public Infrastructure in the Western Balkans : Opportunities and Challenges

1 week 2 days ago

IMF, ADB, Australia and New Zealand Seek Solutions to Reduce Remittance Costs in the Pacific

1 week 2 days ago

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

1 week 2 days ago
Country Report No. 18/34

Creating Jobs for Indonesia's Youth: Five Charts That Matter

1 week 3 days ago

IMF Staff Concludes 2018 Article IV Mission to Vanuatu

1 week 3 days ago

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

1 week 4 days ago
Country Report No. 18/32

Nicaragua: Staff Concluding Statement of an IMF Staff Visit

1 week 4 days ago

Review of the Adequacy of the Fund's Precautionary Balances

1 week 4 days ago

IMF Executive Board Discusses the Adequacy of the Fund’s Precautionary Balances

1 week 4 days ago

IMF Reaches Staff-Level Agreement on the Third Review of Mongolia’s Extended Fund Facility

1 week 4 days ago

Bosnia and Herzegovina : Technical Assistance Report-Government Finance Statistics Mission

1 week 4 days ago
Country Report No. 18/29

Bosnia and Herzegovina : Technical Assistance Report-Government Finance Statistics Mission

1 week 4 days ago
Country Report No. 18/26

Bosnia and Herzegovina : Technical Assistance Report-Government Finance Statistics Mission

1 week 4 days ago
Country Report No. 18/25

Bosnia and Herzegovina : Technical Assistance Report-Government Finance Statistics Mission

1 week 4 days ago
Country Report No. 18/27

Bosnia and Herzegovina : Technical Assistance Report-Government Finance Statistics Diagnostic Mission-Institutional Units and Public Sector Debt

1 week 4 days ago
Country Report No. 18/28

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

1 week 5 days ago
Country Report No. 18/30

Republic of Kosovo : Selected Issues

1 week 5 days ago
Country Report No. 18/31

OECD News - Corruption

OECD-Latin America anti-corruption programme

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The OECD-Latin America Anti-Corruption Programme strengthens implementation and enforcement of international and regional anti-corruption conventions and promotes integrity in the Latin American region.

Monitoring the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention: Call for contributions

2 weeks 1 day ago
In 2018, the OECD Working Group on Bribery launched its fourth phase of monitoring of Chile, Korea and Mexico's implementation of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. To assist this evaluation process, the OECD calls for interested parties to provide written submissions on the evaluated countries.

OECD News - Development

International Economic Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean

1 year 37 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 37 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 38 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 38 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 38 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 38 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 38 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 39 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

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, February 2018

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Stable growth momentum in the OECD area

Growth and economic well-being: third quarter 2017, OECD

1 week 3 days ago
OECD household income growth continues to lag GDP growth, slowing to 0.2% in third quarter of 2017

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 6 February 2018

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OECD annual inflation slows to 2.3% in December 2017

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.

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

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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.

18th Tokyo Roundtable on Capital Market and Financial Reform in Asia

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The roundtable offers a forum for regulators, policy makers, experts, practitioners, scholars and international organisations in Asia. This year’s edition will focus on recent developments in capital markets and on capital markets of the future.

18th Tokyo Roundtable on Capital Market and Financial Reform in Asia

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The roundtable offers a forum for regulators, policy makers, experts, practitioners, scholars and international organisations in Asia. This year’s edition will focus on recent developments in capital markets and on capital markets of the future.

OECD Global Forum on Public Debt Management 2018

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22-23/03/2017, Paris - Discussions at the 2018 Global Forum will focus on the funding environment, the role of borrowing instruments in broadening the investor base, technological advances in finance for government bond markets and challenging debt dynamics.

International Seminar on Pension Supervision and Regulation 2018

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23 February 2018, Dublin - This event will focus on how to build better retirement by ensuring value for money, implementing automatic enrolment and designing retirement pay-outs.

Conference on unleashing the potential of the cyber insurance market

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22-23 February 2018, Paris - The potential role of the nascent cyber insurance market in enhancing cyber resilience is increasingly being recognised by policy makers. The conference will provide an opportunity to exchange knowledge and share experiences on addressing the challenges impeding the development of the cyber insurance market.

World Trade Organization - News

DDG Wolff: Standards have central role to play in assisting growth of world trading system

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Speaking at a meeting of the World Standards Cooperation in Geneva on 15 February, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff discussed what international standards bodies can do to support the growth of the world trading system. He suggested several lines of action, including improving coherence between international standards, and highlighted the need to spread the message that “an integrated global economy, with a strong and dynamic multilateral trading system, supported by international standards, is a better world for everyone”.

Azevêdo joins ACP brainstorming session: ‘we need to explore innovative ways forward’

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Speaking at a meeting of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) at the WTO’s headquarters on 15 February, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo urged members to be ready to explore fresh perspectives and new pathways which may help move negotiations forward at the WTO. He also underlined the importance of development and the needs of least-developed countries and said he will continue working to ensure that the interests of the ACP remain at the centre of the WTO’s work in 2018 and beyond. The purpose of the meeting, which was organised by the ACP, was to reflect and brainstorm on the way forward after the 11th Ministerial Conference, held in Buenos Aires in December last year.

Trade Policy Review: Malaysia

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The seventh review of the trade policies and practices of Malaysia takes place on 14 and 16 February 2018. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Malaysia.

DG Azevêdo in UAE: Global economy is evolving, we need to adapt

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WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo visited Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week (12 —13 February) to participate in the World Government Summit. On 12 February, he took part in the high-level panel on ‘the future of trade and globalization’, which was held in partnership with the WTO. He also gave a keynote intervention on ‘the outlook for trade in a hyper-connected world’ on 13 February. During the visit, the Director-General met with the Prime Minister His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and with the Minister of Economy HE Sultan Al Mansoori.

Trade growth to sustain momentum in first quarter of 2018, latest trade indicator suggests

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The WTO’s latest World Trade Outlook Indicator (WTOI), released on 12 February, suggests that the trade recovery of 2017 should continue, with solid trade volume growth in the first quarter of 2018. The WTOI’s current value of 102.3 is little changed from the 102.2 recorded last November, indicating steady merchandise trade volume growth. Strong results for air freight, container shipping and export orders in particular suggest that, while the trade recovery may moderate in due course, it will likely continue in the coming months and remain above trend.

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 31 January 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”.

WTO members consider India’s request for compliance panel in dispute over solar cells

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At a 9 February special meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB), WTO members considered India’s request for a panel to be established to examine India’s compliance with the recommendations and rulings of the DSB in a dispute over India’s domestic content requirements for solar cells and solar modules. The United States did not agree to the establishment of the compliance panel.

Estonia donates EUR 20,000 to help developing countries fully participate in global trade

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The government of Estonia is contributing EUR 20,000 (approximately CHF 23,000) to help government officials from developing countries gain a better understanding of WTO agreements and improve their negotiating skills.

Director-General welcomes new cohort of WTO young professionals

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Director-General Roberto Azevêdo welcomed the 2018 cohort of WTO young professionals on 8 February. The 15 participants of the Young Professionals Programme will spend a year in the WTO Secretariat to learn about the organization’s work and contribute to its activities.

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s WTO accession negotiations advance towards conclusion

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At the 13th meeting of the Working Party on the Accession of Bosnia and Herzegovina held on 7 February, WTO members supported the swift conclusion of the negotiations and welcomed the strong commitment and desire by Sarajevo to finalize this process in the coming months. Bosnia and Herzegovina started its accession negotiations to the WTO in July 1999.

EU requests WTO consultations with Russia on compliance with pig products ruling

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The European Union has requested WTO consultations with the Russian Federation to discuss Russian measures affecting imports of live pigs and pork products from the EU. The EU contends the measures effectively maintain import restrictions that were earlier found to be inconsistent with WTO rules. The request was circulated to WTO members on 7 February.

DDG Wolff: Trade and foreign policy have always been intertwined

1 week 5 days ago
Speaking at the American University in Washington D.C. on 5 February, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff presented a paper that “attempts to trace the thread of trade policy for peace from its inception”. He underlined that “trade and foreign policy have been intertwined throughout history” and that history has taught us that failure to maintain openness to trade leads to “instability, and a threat to peace, both internally and internationally”.

China donates USD 1 million to support implementation of Trade Facilitation Agreement

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The government of China is contributing USD 1 million (approximately CHF 1 million) to help developing and least-developed countries implement the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement and to support the objective of full implementation of the Agreement by all WTO members.

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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