Cameroon 2014 Article Iv Consultation

Author: International Monetary Fund. African Dept.
Publisher: International Monetary Fund
ISBN: 149838322X
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KEY ISSUES Context. Cameroon’s macroeconomic outlook and risks have deteriorated slightly since the Article IV consultation in 2013. Economic activity has remained strong and inflation subdued, but the fiscal position has worsened; public debt has been rising at a less sustainable pace; government deposits have dwindled; and payment delays have continued. The anticipated growth path may not suffice to reach upper-middle-income country status by 2035. Focus of the consultation and risks. The overarching policy issue remains unchanged: how to set Cameroon on a higher growth path, while mitigating low but growing risks to macroeconomic stability. Spillovers from regional insecurity have become the main exogenous risk; endogenous risks stem from rising contingent liabilities and credit concentration. Past policy advice remains relevant. Key policy recommendations: • Strengthen cash management and expenditure controls to prevent a further accumulation of payment deferrals. • Close the financing gap in 2014, and adopt a downward path for the non-oil primary deficit to rebuild fiscal space and preserve macroeconomic stability. • Improve non-oil revenue by broadening the tax base and streamlining tax exemptions. • Reprioritize public expenditure by reducing fuel subsidies gradually; provide targeted compensation measures for the most vulnerable. • Increase the selectivity of investment projects and adopt a rigorous screening of the financing terms to ensure debt sustainability. • Pursue the resolution of three small distressed banks and support the strengthening of regional bank and microfinance supervision. • Promote higher and more inclusive growth through better targeted educational and social spending, a propitious business climate, and deeper regional integration.

Cameroon

Author: International Monetary Fund. African Dept.
Publisher: International Monetary Fund
ISBN: 1484369955
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This paper presents key discussions of Cameroon’s 2013 Article IV Consultation. Economic activity in Cameroon has continued to recover gradually from the global financial crisis in 2008–2009, and inflation has remained subdued. In light of growing vulnerabilities, the report suggests to adopt a plan to reduce fuel subsidies gradually, accompanied by targeted social programs for the neediest, to free up resources for public investment. It is also necessary to accelerate resolution of distressed banks and enhance the regulatory framework to promote lending.

Cameroon

Author: International Monetary Fund
Publisher: International Monetary Fund
ISBN: 1455205184
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Cameroon showed incipient signs of recovery from the global financial crisis. Although growth performance remained constrained under the Poverty Reduction Growth Facility (PRGF), tax and customs administrations were strengthened, macroeconomic stability was preserved, and debt relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) and Multilateral Debt Relief Initiatives (MDRI) helped firm up debt sustainability. Executive Directors welcomed the new program aimed to accelerate growth through infrastructure development, development of rural and mining sectors, improvement in human resources, regional integration, and export diversification. They emphasized the need to maintain fiscal and financial stability to preserve economic growth.

Cameroon Selected Issues

Author: International Monetary Fund. African Dept.
Publisher: International Monetary Fund
ISBN: 1498376487
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In recent years, the IMF has released a growing number of reports and other documents covering economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with government officials, is published at the option of the member country.

Republic Of Congo

Author: International Monetary Fund. African Dept.;International Monetary Fund. Strategy, Policy, & Review Department
Publisher: International Monetary Fund
ISBN: 1484322029
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This paper assesses the Republic of Congo’s discussions in 2013 Article IV Consultation. Though having abundance of natural resources, notably oil and iron ore, Congo has achieved limited progress in poverty alleviation, and remains vulnerable to external shocks. Weak governance and business conditions are significant constraints to private sector development and growth inclusiveness. The IMF report shows that Congo’s main challenge is to ensure long-term macroeconomic stability in the face of oil revenue volatility and exhaustibility, and to make growth more inclusive.

Statistical Capacity Building

Author: Mr. Thomas K. Morrison
Publisher: International Monetary Fund
ISBN: 9781451980059
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IMF technical assistance provided by the Statistics Department--toward assisting IMF member countries in developing the ability to provide reliable and comparable economic and financial data on a timely basis to policymakers and markets--has increased more than fourfold over the past decade. This assistance has proven critical in countries' building their statistical capacity so as to come into line with international data standards in an increasingly globalized and electronically interconnected world. Statistical Capacity Building: Case Studies and Lessons Learned presents four case studies drawn from experience in three countries in transition to the market, two of which were also in postconflict situations, in the 1990s and early 2000s: Cambodia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Ukraine. Issues of setting, institutional and statistical arrangements, strategies, and implementation are examined, and lessons learned.

A Manual For Country Economists

Author: Marcello Caiola
Publisher: International Monetary Fund
ISBN:
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This guide is addressed mainly to new staff members in the area and functional departments of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It covers certain problems that are frequently encountered in the course of a desk economist's work, especially in regard to data interpretation and deficiencies.

Helping Countries Develop

Author: Mr. Benedict J. Clements
Publisher: International Monetary Fund
ISBN: 1452757410
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Fiscal policy can foster growth and human development through a number of different channels. These include the macroeconomic (for example, through the influence of the budget deficit on growth) as well as the microeconomic (through its influence on the efficiency of resource use). But how precisely do these channels work in developing countries? What kinds of tax and expenditure policies should developing countries implement to help them meet the Millennium Development Goals? And how can international aid be made more effective? Drawing on both theory and country experience, this book brings together IMF research on the various ways fiscal policy can be used to help spur economic development.