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Macro Analysis / Global

CHART OF THE WEEKMission Impossible? Can Fragile States Increase Tax Revenues?

As our chart shows, four fragile states (Liberia, Malawi, Nepal, and Solomon Islands) achieved sizable increases in tax revenues over a decade—by between 7 and 20 percentage points of GDP. These experiences emphasize the importance of sustained tax r...
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IMF Blog 25 September 2020
CHART OF THE WEEKMission Impossible? Can Fragile States Increase Tax Revenues?
CHART OF THE WEEKMission Impossible? Can Fragile States Increase Tax Revenues?
Macro Analysis / Global

How to Meet the European Union’s Ambitious Climate Mitigation Goals

Last week, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen made an ambitious proposal. These goals are appropriately ambitious, while also realistic and achievable. To limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels—a level co...
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IMF Blog 24 September 2020
How to Meet the European Union’s Ambitious Climate Mitigation Goals
How to Meet the European Union’s Ambitious Climate Mitigation Goals
Macro Analysis / Global

Digital Solutions for Small Businesses in the Middle East and North Africa

Small and medium-sized enterprises dominate the business landscape in the Middle East and North Africa region. At the same time, easing labor restrictions to facilitate expatriates in highly technical areas can reduce the skill gaps in the near term....
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IMF Blog 22 September 2020
Digital Solutions for Small Businesses in the Middle East and North Africa
Digital Solutions for Small Businesses in the Middle East and North Africa
Macro Analysis / Global

IMF Lending During the Pandemic and Beyond

In the face of unprecedented uncertainty and the severe economic impact triggered by COVID-19, the Fund continues to adapt its lending. However, some other measures—such as monetary budget financing—may risk undermining hard-won gains in policy makin...
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IMF Blog 17 September 2020
IMF Lending During the Pandemic and Beyond
IMF Lending During the Pandemic and Beyond
Macro Analysis / Global

Charting a Path for a Resilient Recovery in Sub Saharan Africa

Perhaps first among the many lessons of 2020 is that the notion of so‑called black swan events is not some remote worry. In other words, a recovery that raises resilience will not just save lives, but will also translate into higher living standards,...
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IMF Blog 15 September 2020
Charting a Path for a Resilient Recovery in Sub Saharan Africa
Charting a Path for a Resilient Recovery in Sub Saharan Africa
Macro Analysis / Africa

Chart of the WeekTrade as a Tool for an Efficient Recovery

As economies now look for paths to recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, new evidence reaffirms that policies for more open and trade-integrated economies could significantly benefit domestic competition and ultimately may help lower costs for consumers...
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IMF Blog 14 September 2020
Chart of the WeekTrade as a Tool for an Efficient Recovery
Chart of the WeekTrade as a Tool for an Efficient Recovery