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This paper assesses Ethiopia’s 2002 Article IV Consultation and Third Review Under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF) Arrangement. Performance under the first annual PRGF-supported program was good, and the second annual program remains on track. All the quantitative and structural performance criteria and benchmarks for December 2001 and March 2002 were met, with the exception of the revised regulation for the provisioning by banks for nonperforming loans, which was adopted, but was not fully in line with international best practice, as had been envisaged.

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Peru’s macroeconomic policies continue to be strong under the Stand-By Arrangement (SBA). Executive Directors appreciated the implementation of policies to entrench macroeconomic stability, lower poverty, and lessen vulnerabilities, and also emphasized the need to maintain a prudent fiscal policy stance, implement structural reforms, solidify the fiscal framework, and accelerate the implementation of the antipoverty strategy. They also stressed the need to entrench greater exchange rate flexibility, strengthen the inflation, preserve a prudent role for public banks, and enhance the business environment.

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Jamaica faced intense macroeconomic imbalances that threatened its macroeconomic stability. Executive Directors emphasized the need for credible policy actions and strong fiscal adjustment to reduce imbalances and lower vulnerability. They welcomed the strong fiscal adjustment in the budget and encouraged the Bank of Jamaica to reorient monetary policy. They stressed the need for a policy mix that would restore macroeconomic stability, achieve higher growth, lower external imbalances, and emphasized for anti-crime measures, infrastructure building, and sector-specific policies to promote growth.

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This paper discusses key findings of the Third Review Under the Stand-By Arrangement for Seychelles. The program is on track, and macroeconomic stabilization has advanced rapidly. The authorities continue to implement the program with a high degree of ownership and success. All quantitative performance criteria (PC) and structural benchmarks at end-September 2009 were met. The structural reform effort is progressing well. Key progress has been made on public financial management, notably through the treasury single account. The 2010 budget features a much improved and complete presentation of government finance.