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IMF-supported program for El Salvador?

By Eproint - 09/03/2021

El Salvador’s Finance Minister Alejandro Zelaya told Reuters that the country wants to get a 36-month extended fund facility approved by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), similar to the program announced for Costa Rica. “It will help us leverage the budgetary gaps for 2021, 2022 and 2023” and help lower the highs costs associated with El Salvador’s debt, Zelaya said.
On March 1, 2021, the Executive Board of the IMF approved a 36-month extended arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) for Costa Rica, with access equivalent to USD 1.778 billion. The arrangement is expected to catalyze additional bilateral and multilateral financial support.

The IMF-supported program aims at securing macroeconomic stability and advancing Costa Rica’s authorities’ home-grown reform agenda. The authorities’ policy efforts under the program will be anchored by three key pillars: (i) gradually implementing equitable fiscal reforms to ensure debt sustainability, while protecting the most vulnerable ; (ii) maintaining monetary and financial stability, while continuing to strengthen the central bank’s operational autonomy and governance and addressing structural financial vulnerabilities; and (iii) advancing key structural reforms to promote inclusive, green, and sustainable growth.

A January 2021 IMF working paper stated that, in certain Central American countries including El Salvador, structural weaknesses may make private investment particularly sensitive to business confidence relative to other traditional investment drivers and global shocks. The paper gauges the importance of confidence over recent years.

By Eproint - 09/03/2021
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