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International Monetary Fund. Statistics Dept.
The mission worked with officials of the Central Bank of Suriname (CBS) to review the compilation framework of monetary statistics for the central bank (CB) and other depository corporations (ODCs) in accordance with the methodology set out in the IMF’s 2016 Monetary and Financial Statistics Manual and Compilation Guide and developed a roadmap to incorporate the accounts of insurance corporations and pensions funds in the compilation of monetary and financial statistics (MFS). Alongside these improvements, the CBS will be able to produce an updated and improved MFS.
International Monetary Fund. Western Hemisphere Dept.
This paper presents Suriname’s Fourth Review under the Extended Arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility, Requests for Extension of the Arrangement, Augmentation of Access, Modification of Performance Criteria, and Financing Assurances Review. Fiscal discipline and tight monetary policy are bringing about the long-awaited stability. The economy is growing, inflation is coming down, and investor confidence is returning. The authorities have completed the private debt exchange and are close to concluding agreements with all remaining creditors. The authorities’ near-term priority is to maintain fiscal prudence while protecting the most vulnerable, preserve the structural reform momentum, and avoid policy backtracking. Excellent progress has been made with debt restructuring. The debt exchange with private bondholders has been finalized with high participation rate. An agreement in principle at the technical level has been reached with Exim China and is under internal approval process for signature. Structural reforms to strengthen institutions, governance, and data quality remain key priorities with continued capacity building support by the IMF and other development partners.
Petr Jakubik
The technical assistance aimed to enhance the financial stability report (FSR) of the Central Bank of Suriname. The mission concluded that the preparation of detailed FSR production plan and communication strategy are critical and could facilitate improvements, promote the report, and bring some synergies between different teams involved. The report should reflect on all important elements of financial stability assessment and needs to be streamlined to follow the central story with the key messages. The quality of the report could be further improved by advancements in the employed analytical toolkit and utilization of all available data sources.
International Monetary Fund. Monetary and Capital Markets Department
The mission focused on enhancing the financial stability report (FSR) of the Central Bank of Suriname (CBS) whose publication has recently resumed. It reviewed the latest available FSR together with all background documents on financial stability work shared by the CBS. Based on those materials, a one-week mission at the CBS, consisting of a targeted workshop and meetings, was undertaken.
International Monetary Fund. Western Hemisphere Dept.
The authorities continue to prioritize fiscal discipline and macroeconomic stability in their policy actions. Restructuring agreements have been reached for both official and privately-held public debt, aside from the official debt to China, where negotiations continue. The financial advisors are currently preparing to launch the formal debt exchange with private external bondholders.
International Monetary Fund. Western Hemisphere Dept.
This paper presents Suriname’s Review under the Extended Arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility, Requests for Rephasing and Reduction of Access, Waivers of Nonobservance of Performance Criteria (PC), and Financing Assurances Review. The authorities have made concerted efforts to bring their economic recovery program back on track and stabilize the economy, foremost by restoring fiscal discipline, while expanding social assistance programs to protect the poor. They have also reached important milestones in debt restructuring negotiations, which, alongside fiscal consolidation, will support Suriname’s efforts to restore debt sustainability. The end-December 2022 quantitative performance criteria on the cumulative central government primary balance and net domestic assets were missed. Two continuous PCs and one standard continuous PC were also breached. Progress on implementing the structural agenda has moved ahead but with delays. The authorities are continuing to make progress with their structural reform agenda. Structural reforms to strengthen institutions, governance, and data quality remain key priorities with continued capacity building support by IMF and Suriname’s other development partners.