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Bryn Battersby

2020-05-21T08:57:14-04:00May 19, 2020|

Bryn Battersby is a senior economist in the Public Financial Management division of the Fiscal Affairs Department. His current research focuses on the macro-fiscal functions of ministries of finance, including forecasting and fiscal risk analysis. He was previously the resident macro-fiscal advisor at IMF-East AFRITAC and the resident macroeconomic advisor in South Sudan. Prior to joining the Fund, he managed macroeconomic forecasting teams in the Australian Treasury and was a macro-fiscal advisor to the Solomon Islands Ministry of Finance and Treasury and Seychelles Ministry of Finance and Trade.

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A Global Crisis Like No Other Needs a Global Response Like No Other

2020-04-27T10:59:36-04:00April 20, 2020|

By Kristalina Georgieva

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I have been saying for a while that this is a “crisis like no other.” It is:

  • More complex, with interlinked shocks to our health and our economies that have brought our way of life to an almost complete stop;

  • More uncertain, as we are learning only gradually how to treat the novel virus, make containment most effective, and restart our economies; and

  • Truly global. Pandemics don’t respect borders, neither do the economic shocks they cause.


COVID-19 Pandemic and the Asia-Pacific Region: Lowest Growth Since the 1960s

2020-04-16T11:49:14-04:00April 15, 2020|

By Chang Yong Rhee

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This is a crisis like no other. It is worse than the Global Financial Crisis, and Asia is not immune. While there is huge uncertainty about 2020 growth prospects, and even more so about the 2021 outlook, the impact of the coronavirus on the region will—across the board—be severe and unprecedented. (more…)

Karen Ongley

2020-03-31T21:46:40-04:00March 24, 2020|

Karen Ongley is an Advisor in the IMF’s African Department and is currently Mission Chief for Sierra Leone. Since joining the IMF in 1998, Karen has worked on a range of low- and middle-income economies including Afghanistan, Albania, Egypt, Jordan, Nigeria, Yemen, and West Bank & Gaza. She has also worked extensively on IMF lending policies and other policy issues. Prior to joining the IMF, Karen worked on tax policy and international economy issues at the Australian Treasury, and as a policy advisor to a Cabinet Minister. She has degrees from the University of Sydney and Newcastle University.


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Finding Solid Footing for the Global Economy

2020-02-21T09:44:28-05:00February 19, 2020|

By Kristalina Georgieva

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As the Group of Twenty industrialized and emerging market economies (G-20) finance ministers and central bank governors gather in Riyadh this week, they face an uncertain economic landscape.

After disappointing growth in 2019, we began to see signs of stabilization and risk reduction, including the Phase 1 U.S.-China trade deal. In January, the IMF projected growth to strengthen from 2.9 percent in 2019 to 3.3 percent in 2020 and 3.4 percent in 2021. This projected uptick in growth is dependent on improved performance in some emerging market and developing economies. (more…)

Adil Mohommad

2019-05-23T12:40:14-04:00May 22, 2019|

Adil Mohommad is currently an Economist in the Research Department of the IMF. He has previously served as an economist on numerous IMF country teams including India, Australia, New Zealand, Nepal, Bhutan, and Tuvalu. His previous research includes topics in fiscal reforms, institutions and growth, labor markets, and trade. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland and an M.A. in Economics from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University (India).

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