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iMFdirect features views by IMF economists and officials about pressing issues in the global economy. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF and its Executive Board.

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Emerging and Frontier Markets: Policy Tools in Times of Financial Stress

By Dimitris Drakopoulos, Rohit Goel, Fabio Natalucci, and Evan Papageorgiou عربي, 中文, Español, Français After the unprecedented hit to economic activity in emerging market economies from the COVID-19 pandemic, their economic output is projected to shrink by 3.3 percent in 2020. Central banks across emerging markets responded swiftly and forcefully with an unprecedented response of their own. They did this by using a variety of policy tools and, to a great extent, helped stabilize markets and...

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Adjusting the Macroeconomic Frameworks to Assess the Impact of COVID-19: Lessons from Colombia

Governments around the world face a familiar challenge to assess the macroeconomic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. How has IMF-ICD worked with country authorities to adjust their macroeconomic framework and better analyze and forecast the effect of COVID-19 in the economy? Join this event, to discuss with the Colombian authorities how they honed their macroeconomic framework to better mitigate COVID-19 shocks' impact.

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IMF CD on Debt and Debt Management

Against the backdrop of rising debt levels in low-income countries, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, this talk will highlight the ongoing efforts to strengthen countries’ capacity to manage debt vulnerabilities and mitigate fiscal risks.

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The Fiscal Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Policy Responses in the Arab World

This English session, by the IMF’s Middle East Center for Economics and Finance (IMF-CEF), in collaboration with the Middle East and Central Asia Department, will include virtual interactive presentations along with practical exercises and timely case studies. It will be of special interest to participants seeking a first-hand experience of how a virtual interactive training session is conducted.

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The Fiscal Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Policy Responses in the Arab World (Arabic)

نظرة متأنية في محاكاة التدريب الافتراضي في صندوق النقد الدولي "التبعات المالية العامة لجائحة كوفيد-19 واستجابة السياسات في العالم العربي" تتألف هذه الفقرة من جلستين (باللغتين العربية والإنجليزية)، ويقدمها مركز صندوق النقد الدولي للاقتصاد والتمويل في الشرق الأوسط (CEF) بالتعاون مع إدارة الشرق الأوسط وآسيا الوسطى، وتشمل عروضا معلوماتية تفاعلية مصحوبة بتمارين عملية ودراسات حالة حديثة. وتحظى الجلستان باهتمام خاص لدى المشاركين الباحثين عن تجربة عملية مباشرة توضح كيفية إدارة وتقديم دورات...

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Pandemic Persistence Clouds Latin America and Caribbean Recovery

By Samuel Pienknagura, Jorge Roldós, and Alejandro Werner Español, Français COVID-19 has hit Latin America and the Caribbean harder than other parts of the world, both in human and economic terms. The relatively large human toll is evident: with only 8.2 percent of the world population, the region had 28 percent of cases and 34 percent of deaths, by end-September. Our new Regional Economic Outlook: Western Hemisphere projects a real GDP contraction of 8.1 percent in 2020. Unlike in previous...

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Sub-Saharan Africa’s Difficult Road to Recovery

By Abebe Aemro Selassie Français, Português The COVID-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented health and economic crisis for sub-Saharan Africa. Within months, the spread of the virus has jeopardized years of development and decades-long gains against poverty in the region while threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. Policymakers in sub-Saharan Africa now face the added challenge of rekindling their economies with fewer resources and more difficult choices. In our...

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The FT at the Analytical Corner: A Fairer Recovery

Six of our Analytical Corner presenters sit down with Colby Smith, from the Financial Times, to discuss their research. These presenters come from different backgrounds but they all focused on ways to recover more fairly and inclusively from the pandemic and lockdowns: from social spending, to supporting struggling small businesses, to tackling corruption. #IMFmeetings

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