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International Monetary Fund. African Dept.
This paper on Benin highlights poverty reduction and growth strategy. The National Development Plan (PND) is designed to specify the strategic benchmarks for development activities for the eight-year period until 2025, the target date for the implementation and completion of the Vision. The analysis suggests a low literacy rate, low performance levels in the education system and vulnerable public health situation due to insufficient public access to health services. Based on Benin’s comparative advantages with the ambitions enshrined in the Benin 2025 Alafia Vision, developments in international and regional trends, the chosen strategic option is to make agroindustry, tourism, and services the engine of inclusive, sustainable economic growth in a context of more effective national and local governance, based on the development of human capital and infrastructures. Sustainable management of the living conditions and the environment along with the emergence of regional development hubs require ensuring enforcement of legislative and regulatory texts.
International Monetary Fund. Institute for Capacity Development
This technical assistance (TA) report presents the outcomes of the scoping mission of a new TA project aimed at building capacity in macroeconomic analysis and forecasting in the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI). The MPI is establishing a Core Working Group (CWG) under MPI’s coordination that will carry out macroeconomic analysis using Macroeconomic Projection Tool (MPT) and integrate the results in the policy making process. Based on the mission’s finding and assessment, the mission team and the authorities agreed on a three-year TA action plan that includes training components during the early stage of the project. During Phase 1 (2023-24), the activities would focus on developing and operating the Macro-Framework Foundation Tool (MFT) and the Public Debt Dynamics Tool (DDT) to produce macroeconomic analysis and forecasting. Depending on progress, the MPT could be enhanced during Phase 2 (2025-26) and the tentative plan is to develop Comprehensive Adaptive Expectation Model (CAEM). The CWG will take the lead in implementing the activities and targets identified in the TA action plan and will be supported by the IMF TA team.
International Monetary Fund. African Dept.
This paper presents Côte d'Ivoire’s request for an Extended Arrangement Under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) and a 40-Month Arrangement Under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF). IMF Board approves 40-month arrangements under the EFF and ECF for Côte d’Ivoire to help support the country’s transformation toward upper-middle income status through the implementation of the authorities’ national development plan while preserving macroeconomic stability. The key reform agenda under the arrangements is domestic revenue mobilization, which is central in preserving fiscal and debt sustainability and along with increased spending efficiency should generate fiscal space to help finance investment needs and critical spending in health and education to allow for deeper economic transformation. Structural reforms should further deliver improvements in business climate, private sector investments and financial inclusion to foster the necessary conditions for inclusive growth, through strengthening governance and human capital investments, especially amongst youth and women.
International Monetary Fund. African Dept.
Consecutive global shocks have led to a widening of macroeconomic imbalances, put a serious strain on public finances as well as regional reserves, and further exposed longstanding constraints to economic transformation. Notwithstanding record growth in the past decade and significant poverty reduction, large social priority and investment spending needs remain, while comparatively weak domestic revenue mobilization poses significant financing constraints. Against this backdrop, the authorities have requested Fund support of 400 percent of quota (SDR 2,601.6 million) for an economic program aimed at meeting pressing financing needs, preserving macroeconomic stability, and anchoring the National Development Plan (NDP) in key structural reforms to support Côte d’Ivoire’s transformation towards upper-middle income status.