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International Monetary Fund
The economic growth of Moldova continued to be strong during the Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (EGPRSP) implementation period despite external shocks. Macroeconomic management remained prudent in reducing public external debt. The government has approved National Development Strategy (NSD) (PRSP II), which aims to unify the reduction strategy and development vision. The Joint Staff Advisory Note (JSAN) emphasized the need for strengthening strategy and its effective implementation. It also stressed the need to maintain a macroeconomic framework, ensure better strategic linkages between annual budgets, medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF) and Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP), restructuring of public finances, and strengthening the target efficiency of social assistance.
International Monetary Fund
Executive Directors believe that the Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS) outlines a comprehensive framework for growth and poverty reduction in Ghana. The GPRS II rightly emphasizes private sector-led growth as key to broadening the country’s economic base. The GPRS II will benefit from analyzing the risks to the strategy such as inability to implement planed structural reforms, exogenous shocks and domestic factors, fiduciary weaknesses, and capacity limitations. A comprehensive macroeconomic framework that is consistent with the medium-term fiscal framework and growth assumptions is required.
International Monetary Fund
This Joint Staff Advisory Note (JSAN) examines Uzbekistan’s Interim Welfare Improvement Strategy Paper (I-WISP) for 2005–10. The I-WISP for 2005–10 is the first comprehensive economic and social strategy document presented by the Uzbek authorities. It builds on several medium-term sectoral strategies, including the Production Localization, National Personnel Training, School Education Development, and Health Care Reform Programs. This JSAN provides guidance to the authorities on priority strategic issues to be addressed as they move forward with the preparation of a full Welfare Improvement Strategy Paper.
International Monetary Fund
This Joint Staff Advisory Note (JSAN) reviews Moldova’s Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (EGPRSP) Progress Report. Moldova’s EGPRSP is an important step toward achieving sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. This JSAN highlights key characteristics of the EGPRSP. It provides IMF staff advice on key priorities for strengthening the EGPRSP and for ensuring effective implementation. It also highlights several critical areas where current policies do not match those articulated in the EGPRSP.
International Monetary Fund
This paper presents a status report on Bangladesh’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper. Prudent macroeconomic management has contributed to robust growth and moderate inflation. External conditions have improved with a significant buildup in international reserves. The exchange rate has remained competitive in real effective terms, and rigidities in interest rates have been reduced. The authorities have also pursued tax administration and banking reforms, with implementation broadly on track under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility program.
International Monetary Fund
This Status Report summarizes the main steps that have been undertaken since the last progress report to finalize the National Poverty Eradication Program (NPEP) of Lao People's Democratic Republic. The NPEP is a comprehensive framework for growth and development, with a focus of an in-depth improvement of the poverty situation in the poorest districts. It is the government's operational planning instrument, based on active participation at all levels, to achieve growth and poverty eradication. The NPEP monitoring will be completed by a separate monitoring of the progress achieved toward the MDGs.
International Monetary Fund
The Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) assesses the main exogenous and endogenous risks affecting the implementation of the strategy, including terms-of-trade shocks and absorptive capacity weaknesses. The medium-term expenditure framework identifies the priorities and needs of the country to meet the Millennium Development Goals. The PRSP provides extensive sensitivity analysis of the impact of the main exogenous risks. The effective channeling of the resources freed from debt relief in favor of growth-enhancing and social development programs constitute a critical challenge for the government.