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International Monetary Fund. African Dept.
This paper discusses Malawi’s Ninth Review Under the Extended Credit Facility Arrangement and Request for Waivers for Nonobservance of performance criteria. Real GDP growth is expected to range between 4–5 percent in 2017 owing to a good agricultural harvest and its expected spillovers to other sectors of the economy. Growth prospects, however, will be constrained by persistent power blackouts, water shortages, and access to credit. Real growth is expected to gradually increase over the medium term as macroeconomic conditions stabilize and investment and consumption levels rise. The outlook remains challenging, reflecting uncertainties related to weather conditions, the impact of the fall armyworm infestation on food crops and risks of policy slippages.
International Monetary Fund
Progress on fiscal policy during 2006/07 in Malawi was slower than expected. The 2006/07 (July-June) fiscal strategy focused on reducing domestic debt. In the third Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF) review, the end-June target for domestic debt repayments was increased substantially. Domestic borrowing exceeded the adjusted target at end-December 2006 by MK 4.1 billion (0.9 percent of GDP). The government partially redressed this overrun by curtailing discretionary spending in the fourth quarter, as the scale of the end-December overrun became clear.
International Monetary Fund
This report on the Observance of Standards and Codes data module provides a review of Malawi’s data dissemination practices against the IMF’s General Data Dissemination System (GDDS), complemented by the in-depth assessment of the quality of five macroeconomic datasets. With the exception of the fiscal sector, Malawi publishes statistics for most of the comprehensive frameworks, data categories, and indicators recommended in the GDDS. The legal and institutional framework for the production of the five macroeconomic datasets of all institutions responsible for collecting, processing, and disseminating macroeconomic statistics is broadly adequate.