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Lagarde to Meet with Presidents Buhari and Biya During Six-Day Trip to Africa

The International Monetary Fund Managing Director, Ms. Christine Lagarde, is on a six-day trip to two African countries, Nigeria and Cameroon, to meet with government officials, business leaders and civil society leaders as part of the organization’ efforts to strenghten ties with African countries.
During her trip, which began yesterday and will end on Saturday, January 9, Ms. Lagarde will meet with Nigeria’s President Muhammad Buhari and senior members of his team, as well as with lawmakers, civil society, business and women leaders to discuss ways IMF can support Nigeria in attaining its economic advancement goal while also mitigating the impact of weakening global oil prices on the country’s overall economy.

Ms. Lagarde will also stop in Cameroon, the largest economy in Central Africa and one of the most diversified economies in Africa, where she will meet with the country’s President Paul Biya and his economic team, along with business executives, women leaders, and civil society leaders to discuss economic reforms, domestic and regional integration.

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Ghana: A Country with Plans

One of the most important aspects of Ghana’s new plans with the International Monetary Fund program is the phasing out of the Bank of Ghana’s (BoG) financing of the budget deficit to 5 percent of the previous year’s revenue in FY15E, and 0 percent from FY16E, which is expected to slow cedi weakness, implying rate cuts from 2016 are likely.

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