Ali Al-Sadiq is a senior economist in the Western Hemisphere Department of the IMF, where he works on Trinidad and Tobago and Aruba. He previously worked in the Concessional Financing Division of the IMF’s Finance Department. His research interests are in the international finance, economic growth, and applied econometrics. Mr. Al-Sadiq is from Saudi Arabia and he holds a Ph.D. […]
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Keyra Primus is an Economist in the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department. Prior to joining the IMF, she worked as an Economist at the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago and taught at the University of Bristol. Her research areas include excess reserves, fiscal rules, macroeconomic policy in resource-rich countries, and revenue mobilization. Keyra holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the […]
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the globe—bringing severe human and economic costs—the Caribbean is no exception. With over 1,000 confirmed cases, many countries have taken strong containment measures, such as border closures and lockdowns, to “flatten the curve.” […]
Varapat Chensavasdijai is the Deputy Division Chief of Caribbean I Division in the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department. He is the mission chief for Trinidad and Tobago. Previously, he was in the Strategy, Policy, and Review Department, working on debt and external policy issues and IMF programs with Ireland and Ukraine. He was also in the Asia and […]
In 2020, the IMF plans to assess the stability of twelve financial systems. Seven assessments are of jurisdictions with systemically important financial sectors (Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong SAR, Italy, Korea, Norway, and the United States), for which it is mandatory to undergo financial stability assessments every five years. […]
In 2019, the IMF will complete 14 assessments under the Financial Sector Assessment Program (FSAP). Eight of this year’s assessments are mandatory: Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Italy, Poland, Singapore, and Switzerland. The other six are voluntary: Algeria, Bahamas, Kuwait, FYR Macedonia, Malta, and Thailand. […]
The plunge in world oil prices—from $105 to about $50 per barrel since mid-2014—has been a boon for oil-importing countries, while presenting challenges for oil exporters.
In general, oil importers will enjoy faster growth, lower inflation, and stronger external positions, and most will not encounter any significant fiscal pressures. Oil exporters will tend […]
Tim Mahedy is a Research Analyst in the Western Hemisphere Department of the IMF. He currently works on both Canada and the United States, and monitors macroeconomic issues throughout the Western Hemisphere. He previously worked in the Caribbean II Division tracking natural resource developments in Trinidad and Tobago. Prior to that, he was a Teaching Assistant at San Diego […]
İnci Ötker-Robe, a Turkish national, is the mission chief for St. Kitts and Nevis and Division Chief of Caribbean III of the Western Hemisphere Department (WHD), which covers Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten, Guyana, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, and B.A./M.S. from the Middle East Technical […]