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Zim Must Craft Policies, Strategies to Benefit from its Resources
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Zimbabwe must carefully craft policies and strategies to avoid the twin evils of a natural resource curse and the Dutch disease if the country is to benefit from its vast mineral deposits, economic development experts said.

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Paper Prepared by Mr. Evarist Mgangaluma, Programme Officer-MEFMI
Reviewed by Mr. Kenneth Egesa-Director Statistics Department, Bank of Uganda


Achieving comparable and reliable data on Balance of Payments and International Investment Position (BOP/IIP) is a regional and international top priority in order to strengthen external statistics and to cope with the rapid developments in international transactions. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is championing achievement of these objectives; in August 2012 the Fund disseminated external sector statistics on the basis of the Sixth Edition of Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual (BPM6). In addition the Fund is set to release a BPM6 Compilation Guide, a companion to BPM 6 at the end June 2013. While majority of developed economies are projected to fully comply with BPM6 by 2014, many developing countries including MEFMI member countries are lagging behind (BOPCOM -12/31).

Zim Hyperinflation Era To Be Profiled
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By Golden Sibanda The Zimbabawe Herald Senior Business Reporter

THE Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute for Eastern and Southern Africa is working on documenting Zimbabwe’s country hyper-inflationary era to provide insights on how the country dealt with the crisis.

Risk Management in Reserves Management Pertinent
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Reserves management operations in central banks cannot be effectively run without appropriate and effective risk management processes. This was said by Mr. Ebson Uanguta, the Deputy Governor of the Bank of Namibia, during the official opening of a week-long regional workshop on Advanced Risk Management and Modelling.  The workshop was conducted by the Financial Sector Management Programme from 27 to 31 August 2012 in Windhoek, Namibia.

World Bank Requests MEFMI in Preparing Ethiopia’s MTDS
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The fiscal accounts have traditionally been prudently managed, with the primary deficit maintained below 2 per cent of GDP, although this is expected to widen to 2.8 per cent of GDP in 2012/13 under the Protection of Basic Services program. This will likely divert the course from grants and concessional financing sources to semi and non-concessional loans. The existing debt portfolio of the central government is characterized by low cost but with a high degree of exposure to foreign exchange risk.

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