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International Monetary Fund. Fiscal Affairs Dept. and International Monetary Fund. Strategy, Policy, & Review Department

External Resources Supporting Analytical Work and Policy Engagement

International Monetary Fund. Fiscal Affairs Dept. and International Monetary Fund. Strategy, Policy, & Review Department
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is increasingly involved in offering policy advice on public pension issues to member countries. Public pension spending is important from both fiscal and welfare perspectives. Pension policy and its reforms can have significant fiscal and distribution implications, can influence labor supply and labor demand decisions, and may impact consumption and savings behavior. This technical note provides guidance on assessing public pension systems’ macrocriticality, i.e., sustainability, adequacy, and efficiency; it also discusses the issues and policy trade-offs to be considered when designing responses aiming to address these dimensions of the pension system. The paper emphasizes the importance of taking a long-term, comprehensive perspective when evaluating public pension spending and providing policy advice. Where feasible, reforms should be gradual and transparent to allow individuals ample time to adjust their work and savings decisions and to facilitate consumption smoothing over their lifecycle to avoid poverty in old age. It is also important to ensure that pension systems’ design and reforms do not lead to undesirable impacts in other policy areas including general tax compliance, health insurance coverage, labor force participation among older workers, or labor market informality. The paper emphasizes the importance country-specific social and economic objectives and constraints, as well as political economy realities – factors that can determine whether a pension reform is a success or failure.
International Monetary Fund and World Bank

data requirements for the Low-Income Countries Debt Sustainability Framework (LIC-DSF) are closely aligned with the international statistical standard and have been adjusted to better capture debt sustainability and vulnerabilities. Policy engagements around DSAs and tools and stress tests embedded in the LIC-DSF help to compensate for potential gaps in debt reporting. But there is room for LIDCs to further improve their compilation, reporting, and dissemination of public sector debt data in international databases and more broadly the public domain . Debt data

International Monetary Fund

May 1, 2009 The Zambian authorities wish to convey their gratitude to the Executive Board and Management for helpful policy guidance, and financial and technical assistance. They also extend their thanks to staff for the useful and candid policy engagement. The authorities are in general agreement with the staff report The robust economic performance enjoyed by the country in recent years has been moderated by the global economic slowdown. Since the second half of 2008, the country has been affected by three external shocks in rapid succession

International Monetary Fund. African Dept.

Development Goals (SDGs). To this end, they are determined to successfully implement reform measures under the Extended Credit Facility arrangement to entrench macroeconomic stability and unlock the country’s growth potential. They remain optimistic that continued Fund policy engagement and technical support will help in the realization of the country’s overall development objectives. 1 Automation efforts include the Integrated Tax Administration System (ITAS) for domestic taxes, the web-based ASYCUDA World for Customs and Electronic Cash Registers for goods and

International Monetary Fund. Strategy, Policy, &, Review Department, and International Monetary Fund. Finance Dept.