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IMF Completes First Review under Extended Fund Facility Arrangement for Jamaica

05/10/2013 10:57 (200 Day 19:26 minutes ago)

The FINANCIAL -- The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the first review of Jamaica’s performance under an economic program supported by a four-year, SDR 615.38 million (about US$944 million, the equivalent of 225 percent of Jamaica’s quota in the IMF) Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement, according to IMF.



The completion of this review enables the disbursement of SDR 19.97 million (about US$30.6 million), which would bring total disbursements under the arrangement to SDR 156.72 million (about US$240.4 million).

Following the Executive Board’s discussion, Mr. Nayouki Shinohara Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chair of the Board, stated:

“Overall program implementation under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) has been strong, despite the weak economic environment. The authorities’ continued committment to the program objectives of strengthening Jamaica’s fiscal position and creating the conditions for sustained economic growth will be critical to a revival of investor confidence and domestic demand in the period ahead.

“The program for the remainder of fiscal year 2013/14 focuses on structural reforms to strengthen the fiscal framework. Priorities include the enactment of an effective fiscal rule to lock in the gains from the fiscal adjustment thus far, and a comprehensive tax reform to broaden the tax base and reduce distortions. An expected short delay in submission to parliament of a new law on tax incentives should not postpone its enactment.

“Achieving broad-based growth and enhancing social protection are central pillars of the authorities’ economic program. The growth agenda should be bolstered by further actions to enhance the business environment and support well-targeted public investments, in close collaboration with development partners.

“Close monitoring of the financial system remains essential to forestall the emergence of vulnerabilities following February’s restructuring of the public debt. A comprehensive reform of the securities dealers sector would also be important for safeguarding financial stability.”



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“The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”: presidential election and early parliamentary elections

23/04/2014 16:38 (13:45 minutes ago)

The FINANCIAL -- A 14-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), led by Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC), will travel to “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” from 25 to 28 April to observe the conduct of the presidential election (2nd round) and the early parliamentary elections, alongside observers from the OSCE’s Parliamentary Assembly and Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), according to PACE.



Major Cloud Service Providers Slash Prices; Threaten Smaller Players’ Existence: IDC Warns

19/04/2014 13:40 (4 Day 16:43 minutes ago)

The FINANCIAL -- In the last week of March, major Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) in Asia dropped their prices for core services dramatically and IDC believes that this will make it very difficult for smaller CSPs to remain in business if they continue to rely on provision of basic, undifferentiated services, according to International Data Corporation (IDC).

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