Friday, December 9 2016 13:24
Alexandr Avanesov

IMF Executive Board completes fourth review of Armenia`s Extended Arrangement - completion enables release of US$21.24 mln

IMF Executive Board completes fourth review of Armenia`s Extended  Arrangement - completion enables release of US$21.24 mln

ArmInfo. The Executive Board  of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the fourth review  of Armenia's performance under a three-year arrangement under the  Extended Fund Facility (EFF), the official website of IMF reports.  The completion enables the release of SDR 15.65 million (about  US$21.24 million), bringing total disbursements under the arrangement  to SDR 66.52 million (about US$90.28 million). The extended  arrangement for SDR 82.21 million (about US$111.57 million) was  approved on March 7, 2014.

In completing the review, the Executive Board also approved the  authorities' request for a modification of the end-December 2016  fiscal balance performance criterion. The revenue shortfall has been  mainly due to exogenous factors, and the higher capital expenditure,  which is externally financed at concessional terms, in large part  reflects a catch-up of past under-execution and provides some  counter-cyclical support.

Following the Executive Board's discussion on Armenia, Mr. David  Lipton, First Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chair, said:

"Program performance has been broadly satisfactory despite continued  adverse external developments that have contributed to subdued  domestic demand, weak revenues, and deflationary conditions. Looking  forward, the outlook remains challenging, calling for sustained  policy efforts to secure macroeconomic and financial stability and to  foster sustainable and inclusive growth.

"Revenue shortfalls, together with counter-cyclical over-execution of  foreign-financed projects, are expected to widen the 2016 fiscal  deficit. Nevertheless, the authorities remain committed to fiscal  consolidation and debt sustainability, as embodied in their fiscal  rule, which aims to ensure that debt remains below 60 percent of GDP  over the medium term. In this context, they have developed a fiscal  consolidation plan for 2017 and beyond. It will be important to carry  out this consolidation plan in a growth-friendly manner. Moreover,  the new tax code should support the consolidation efforts, but it is  also essential to implement measures that improve the prioritization  and monitoring of foreign-financed capital expenditure and that  further strengthen revenue administration.

"The central bank's monetary policy easing over the past year has  helped reduce key market interest rates and supported a nascent  recovery in bank lending. Going forward, the objective should be to  bring inflation closer to the CBA's target of 4 percent, while  maintaining exchange rate flexibility to respond to external shocks  and strengthen competitiveness. At the same time, enforcing the new  minimum capital requirements and integrating financial stability  considerations into the CBA's operational framework will help support  the financial sector's resilience and strengthen the macroprudential  framework.

"Pursuing further structural reforms remains essential for fostering  sustainable and inclusive growth. Strengthening domestic competition  and regulatory reforms are pivotal to creating a more broad-based,  private sector-led economy. In this context, the authorities' planned  amendments to the law for enhancing economic competition protection  is an important step."

POST A COMMENT
Input digits     


News
Advantages of franchising discussed in Armenia with Acba Bank`s  participation Advantages of franchising discussed in Armenia with Acba Bank`s  participation 
Czech Republic to assist modernization of Yerevan metro Czech Republic to assist modernization of Yerevan metro 
Wine output records 32.6% y/y decline in Jan-May Wine output records 32.6% y/y decline in Jan-May 
ICC NCA to assist organization of WCIT2024 in Armenia ICC NCA to assist organization of WCIT2024 in Armenia 
New social vulnerability assessment system to be introduced in  Armenia New social vulnerability assessment system to be introduced in  Armenia 
Armenia`s government to provide AMD 2.2bln to construction  organizations Armenia`s government to provide AMD 2.2bln to construction  organizations 
AMD 4․046․161  to the Strong Mind NGO. July`s beneficiary is the SIA Armenia programAMD 4․046․161 to the Strong Mind NGO. July`s beneficiary is the SIA Armenia program
Wine-filled days of DILIJAN WINE FEST 2024 will take place on August 3 and 4Wine-filled days of DILIJAN WINE FEST 2024 will take place on August 3 and 4
Ardshinbank was again Named Best in Two Categories by Asian Banking & Finance MagazineArdshinbank was again Named Best in Two Categories by Asian Banking & Finance Magazine
Some 20,000 Nagorno-Karabakh Armenians employed in Armenia - official Some 20,000 Nagorno-Karabakh Armenians employed in Armenia - official 
China Southern Airlines launches Urumqi - Yerevan - Urumqi flights China Southern Airlines launches Urumqi - Yerevan - Urumqi flights 
Get 3000 idcoins by synchronizing your Idram and IDBank accountsGet 3000 idcoins by synchronizing your Idram and IDBank accounts
Armenia`s involvement in regional projects emphasized Armenia`s involvement in regional projects emphasized 
Armenian Airlines launches Yerevan-Ufa-Yerevan flightArmenian Airlines launches Yerevan-Ufa-Yerevan flight
Unemployment up in Armenia Unemployment up in Armenia 
Armenia`s economy vulnerable to external shocks - EFSDArmenia`s economy vulnerable to external shocks - EFSD
EAEU Industrial Council considers robotics development programme EAEU Industrial Council considers robotics development programme 
Smart Place: smart solutions for comfort and energy-savingSmart Place: smart solutions for comfort and energy-saving
Russia among Armenia`s major trade partners - Gevorg Papoyan  Russia among Armenia`s major trade partners - Gevorg Papoyan  
Armenia, UAE discuss possibilities of agricultural cooperation Armenia, UAE discuss possibilities of agricultural cooperation 
Expert on `blank spots` of budget planning in Armenia Expert on `blank spots` of budget planning in Armenia 
Armenia`s economy minister to take part in 6th meeting of EAEU  Industrial Policy CouncilArmenia`s economy minister to take part in 6th meeting of EAEU  Industrial Policy Council
No payment via Idram? More than 21,000 points of sale accept payment via IdramNo payment via Idram? More than 21,000 points of sale accept payment via Idram
<Gazprom Armenia> will conduct a survey of underground gas pipelines  with a total length of over 335 km will conduct a survey of underground gas pipelines  with a total length of over 335 km
WB to issue grant to Armenia for environmental protection programmes WB to issue grant to Armenia for environmental protection programmes 
JFPR to issue $3mln grant to improve rural household resilience JFPR to issue $3mln grant to improve rural household resilience 
EBRD to issue EUR 2mln grantfor Syunik customs center  EBRD to issue EUR 2mln grantfor Syunik customs center  
Armenia, Georgia discuss possible implementation of regional  high-tech projects Armenia, Georgia discuss possible implementation of regional  high-tech projects 
Ameriabank and COAF Pool Efforts to Develop Beekeeping in Lori RegionAmeriabank and COAF Pool Efforts to Develop Beekeeping in Lori Region
Deputy Minister of Economy: 58% of Armenia`s agro-food products are  exported to Russian marketDeputy Minister of Economy: 58% of Armenia`s agro-food products are  exported to Russian market
Armenia`s scores are the worst in the Energy Transition Index for the  last decade: LUYS FoundationArmenia`s scores are the worst in the Energy Transition Index for the  last decade: LUYS Foundation
Features of Armenian offshore: SRC assesses lossesFeatures of Armenian offshore: SRC assesses losses
Trend of shadow economy is reducing; Rustam Badasyan assuresTrend of shadow economy is reducing; Rustam Badasyan assures
Tax revenues on schedule in Armenia Tax revenues on schedule in Armenia 
Ball is in US court - Armen Grigoryan on NPP construction Ball is in US court - Armen Grigoryan on NPP construction 
The construction of the Pullman International Hotel complex in Armenia will cost 100 million US dollarsThe construction of the Pullman International Hotel complex in Armenia will cost 100 million US dollars
World Bank does not change Armenia`s status as upper-middle-income  countryWorld Bank does not change Armenia`s status as upper-middle-income  country
Armenian banks` delegation visits OVIO Data Processing CenterArmenian banks` delegation visits OVIO Data Processing Center
In-country tourism recorded 20% average annual growth since 2020 In-country tourism recorded 20% average annual growth since 2020 
Araratbank allocates $10 million in funding to women entrepreneursAraratbank allocates $10 million in funding to women entrepreneurs
State Revenue Committee reminds taxpayers of tax bill deadline State Revenue Committee reminds taxpayers of tax bill deadline 
Powers of Armenia`s Economic Competition Protection Commission to be  expanded Powers of Armenia`s Economic Competition Protection Commission to be  expanded 
Viva-MTS announces rebranding Viva-MTS announces rebranding 
Opinion: project to operate Chabahar port  in medium term will  increase Armenia`s transit capacityOpinion: project to operate Chabahar port  in medium term will  increase Armenia`s transit capacity
Based on preliminary estimates, construction of Ajapnyak metro  station will be completed by 2030-2032Based on preliminary estimates, construction of Ajapnyak metro  station will be completed by 2030-2032
Armenia takes over BSEC chairmanshipArmenia takes over BSEC chairmanship
Outage continues at ANPPOutage continues at ANPP
WB provides $110 million loan to support Enabling Universal Health  Coverage Program for ArmeniaWB provides $110 million loan to support Enabling Universal Health  Coverage Program for Armenia
Wizz Air launches Budapest-Yerevan-Budapest flights Wizz Air launches Budapest-Yerevan-Budapest flights 
Armenia sincerely committed to finalizing negotiations and signing  peace agreement within one month - Vahan KostanyanArmenia sincerely committed to finalizing negotiations and signing  peace agreement within one month - Vahan Kostanyan
New Golden Palace hotel owner allowed to re-mortgage hotel New Golden Palace hotel owner allowed to re-mortgage hotel 
Share of domestic debt exceeds 50% in Armenia`s public debt - expert Share of domestic debt exceeds 50% in Armenia`s public debt - expert 
AMD 1.2 billion bonds of AMD 1.2 billion bonds of "Pharm Credit Armenia" UCO CC have been  listed at Armenia Securities Exchange
Araratbank to pay 26.7% dividends per nominal share  Araratbank to pay 26.7% dividends per nominal share  
Armenian winemakers participate in Vinexpo New-York 2024 for the  first timeArmenian winemakers participate in Vinexpo New-York 2024 for the  first time
North-South road corridor of double importance for ArmeniaNorth-South road corridor of double importance for Armenia
No serious progress in construction of new underground station No serious progress in construction of new underground station 
EDB could invest $500mln projects in Armenia - Denis IlyinEDB could invest $500mln projects in Armenia - Denis Ilyin
The Moody s international rating agency has upgraded IDBank s ratingThe Moody s international rating agency has upgraded IDBank s rating
Slower tax collection rate could affect budget performance - Luys  Foundation Slower tax collection rate could affect budget performance - Luys  Foundation 
Read more
Exchange rates
12.07.2024
RUB4.41-0.01
USD388.00-0.45
EUR422.531.06
GBP502.892.72
CAD284.960.05
JPY24.380.33
CNY53.500.04
CHF433.080.60