International Monetary Fund. Strategy, Policy, & and Review Department
This note provides operational guidance to staff on how to engage on social safeguard issues with low-income countries in both program and surveillance contexts. The note is not intended as a comprehensive guide, and should be used in conjunction with other operational guidance notes, such as those relating to conditionality and surveillance.
This paper discusses request from Honduras’ authorities for a Stand-By Arrangement (SBA). Honduras has had three previous Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF) arrangements, the last of which ended in February 2007. The most recent PRGF program focused on fiscal consolidation and structural reforms. However, the program went off track owing to large wage increases granted in 2006, including a four-year agreement with teachers. The authorities are now requesting a 12-month SBA covering economic policies through December 2008. In IMF staff’s view, the authorities’ program appropriately addresses emerging imbalances.
Honduras’s request for a Three-Year Arrangement Under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility and Interim Assistance Under the Enhanced Initiative for Heavily Indebted Poor Countries is discussed. The social consultation has allowed the government to implement a vital reform of public sector wage policy. A reduction in the pressure of the civil service wage bill is the key for restoring the sustainability of the public finances. An ambitious financial sector reform is designed to address bank fragilities; and far-reaching transparency and anti-corruption measures aim to improve governance.
This paper examines Honduras’s 2005 Article IV Consultation and Second Review Under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility. In the period 1960–2000, output growth in Honduras ranked among the lowest in the region. During the 1990s, when growth recovered in the rest of Central America, in Honduras it only kept pace with population growth. The authorities embarked on an economic reform program that focuses on ensuring macroeconomic stability and strengthening growth prospects through the development of human capital and basic infrastructure.
Honduras’s Third Review under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility and Request for Waiver and Modification of Performance Criteria are discussed. The current stance of monetary and exchange rate policies are broadly appropriate, and financial sector reforms are proceeding. Progress has been made in strengthening monetary operations and the prudential framework. The authorities will introduce measures to control the risk of dollar lending to nondollar earners and to limit the net open foreign exchange position of banks.
The Joint Staff Advisory Note on Honduras’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper Second Annual Progress Report is presented. The framework, which is consistent with the government’s economic program being supported by the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility arrangement, aims at achieving sustainable growth, reducing poverty, and maintaining macroeconomic and financial stability. The strategy involves continuing structural reforms and prudent macroeconomic policies. Reforms to boost growth focus on strengthening the development of human capital and basic infrastructure, improving the environment for private sector development, and using international trade agreements.
International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
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This report highlights progress made in implementing the Honduran Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) from the time of its approval by the Government of Honduras in August 2001 to the present. The report monitors the economic and social programs that were defined in the original document and which were revised following consultation with civil society in the First Progress Report and Update of the PRSP. The report discusses that Honduras has thus far achieved approximately 18 percent of the improvement on the PRSP indicators that will be needed to reach to the goals set for 2015.
The paper discusses the Joint Staff Assessment (JSA) of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) Progress Report for Honduras. The first PRSP Progress Report of the Government of Honduras presents a complete review of the government’s implementation of the PRSP to date and updates the PRSP for 2004–07. The report presents a comprehensive assessment of challenges encountered in implementing the poverty reduction strategy in Honduras. It reports on progress made to date and candidly identifies factors related to less-than-satisfactory Poverty Reduction Strategy implementation.