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International Monetary Fund. African Dept.

reforms aimed at facilitating the conduct of business. Those measures should help support momentum toward private sector-led growth. E-government services. As it is systematically assigned to new businesses and gradually rolled-out to existing firms from January 2019 within two years, the STIN is a key step in the provision of integrated on-line public services (MEFP ¶33). Online services are expected to include the delivery of licenses and business permits, tax declaration and payments, property transfers; and access to published commercial law decisions and

International Monetary Fund. African Dept.
Botswana entered the COVID-19 crisis with larger buffers than most countries, but significantly less than in the past. The country was contending with structural challenges, persistent negative external shocks and delays in adjustment that had already caused a significant weakening of international reserves coverage and the fiscal position amid high unemployment. The pandemic exacerbated these challenges causing a sharp GDP contraction, among the strongest in SSA and a widening in the current account deficit. Foreign exchange reserves dropped further, though still remaining well above adequate levels. The fiscal deficit widened significantly as the government sought to counter the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, and implemented a sizeable public wage increase agreed in 2019. The deficit was financed partially by drawing down on the Government Investment Account.
Mr. Abdoul A Wane and Jing Xie

Abstract This chapter analyzes interactions between digitalization and big data innovations and institutional quality, and how these interactions influence economic outcomes. It discusses the increasingly important role of e-government in the provision of online public services, the importance of expanding the existing telecommunication infrastructure, and the necessity of enhancing the ability of populations to use e-government services (the “human capital” dimension). The empirical analysis uses data from 132 countries and confirms the potential of these

Mr. Christopher J. Jarvis, Ms. Gaelle Pierre, Mr. Benedicte Baduel, Dominique Fayad, Alexander de Keyserling, Mr. Babacar Sarr, and Mariusz A. Sumlinski

integrity can provide an environment favorable to reducing corruption. New technologies can also play a crucial role in improving governance and fighting corruption. Governments are increasingly using new technologies to provide public services more efficiently and ensure transparency. For example, e-government services can be used to fle and pay taxes, reducing interaction with taxpayers, to procure goods and services, to channel transfers using biometric technology and digital payments etc. Recent technological innovations such as machine learning and crypto

Mr. Christopher J. Jarvis, Ms. Gaelle Pierre, Mr. Benedicte Baduel, Dominique Fayad, Alexander de Keyserling, Mr. Babacar Sarr, and Mariusz A. Sumlinski
This IMF Departmental Paper presents the key areas in which countries of the Middle East, North Africa, and the Caucasus and Central Asia (MECA) can enhance governance and fight corruption to achieve their economic policy goals. It draws on advances that have already taken hold in the region.