No. 15/81 February 26, 2015
IMF Statement at end of 2nd review of Homegrown Programme
End-of-Mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country. The views expressed in this statement are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF’s Executive Board. This mission will not result in a Board discussion.
An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Aliona Cebotari visited Grenada from February 18-26, 2015 to conduct discussions on the second review of Grenada’s IMF-supported program under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF). The program was approved on June 26, 2014 and the first review completed on December 12, 2014. Total resources of SDR 4.04 million (about US$5.9 million) have been made available to Grenada under the arrangement.
Representatives from the World Bank, Caribbean Development Bank, and Eastern Caribbean Central Bank accompanied the mission. At the conclusion of the visit, Ms. Cebotari made the following statement:
“The IMF is encouraged by the progress made to stabilize the Grenadian economy and return Grenada’s public finances to a sustainable path.
“The Grenadian economy is recovering at a stronger pace than anticipated, with growth in 2014-15 expected to average above 2 percent, compared to earlier estimates of 1.1 percent. While strong external demand for tourism services has continued to fuel the recovery, growth in other sectors, especially agriculture, is gradually strengthening. The outlook for 2015 has also improved, with the decline in world energy prices and a robust recovery in the United States. We now expect growth of 1.8 percent, compared to 1.1 percent at the first review. While these trends are encouraging, significant challenges remain, as elevated unemployment, contracting credit, and large debt continue to weigh down the prospects for a faster and sustained recovery.
“The fiscal performance in 2014 has also been stronger than anticipated. The government reduced its primary deficit from 4 percent of GDP in 2013 to 1 percent in 2014, outperforming the program targets. Tax revenues recovered to pre-crisis levels, reflecting the adjustment measures and stronger tax collection efforts, and expenditures were kept under strict control. The government has continued to repay its debt to domestic suppliers, reducing the stock of arrears by about 20 percent during 2014 and staying on track to fully repay them by the end of this year.
“To secure fiscal sustainability, this adjustment effort will need to be complemented by the completion of the debt restructuring currently under way. In addition, ambitious reforms to strengthen the fiscal policy framework are ongoing and continued progress is expected in the coming months. These include the introduction of the planned fiscal responsibility and public debt management legislation, the reform of the tax incentive regime, the enhancement of the strategy to strengthen statutory bodies and state-owned enterprises, and the approval of regulations for the sustainable management of the resources in the National Transformation Fund. The government has also initiated institutional reforms of its Inland Revenue Division to strengthen its capacity and effectiveness and to facilitate tax compliance by the largest taxpayers.
“The mission also made progress toward agreement on key policy issues going forward. Discussions will continue in the coming days via videoconference from Washington, D.C., with the aim of securing a timely completion of the second review.
The mission met with the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Energy, Dr. The Rt. Hon. Keith C. Mitchell; the Minister of Communication, Works, Physical Development, Public Utilities and ICT, Hon. Gregory Bowen; the Minister of Economic Development, Trade, Planning, Cooperatives and International Business, Hon. Oliver Joseph; the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, Timothy Antoine; the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, Mike Sylvester; the Executive Director of the Grenada Authority for the Regulation of Financial Institutions (GARFIN), Angus Smith; other senior officials, representatives of the private sector and civil society, and the Monitoring Committee for the Home-grown Program.
“The mission would like to thank the authorities and technical staff for their cooperation and hospitality, and reaffirm the IMF’s support for the government’s efforts to implement Grenada’s program. We encourage Grenada to press on with this collective effort and these vital reforms.”
386 TRAINING IN CONFLICT RESOLUTION FOR INLAND REVENUE AND CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DIVISIONS HAILED A SUCCESS
339 GRENADA TO DRAFT A COUNTRY PROGRAMME TO ACCESS CLIMATE FINANCE UNDER THE GREEN CLIMATE FUND (GCF)
315 INCREASED INVESTOR CONFIDENCE IN GRENADA LEADS TO OVER-SUBSCRIPTION OF EC.56 MILLION IN TREASURY BILLS
214 VALIDATION WORKSHOP: DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT OF THE CONSUMER PROTECTION LANDSCAPE IN THE OECS REGION
204 NEW CUSTOMS OFFICERS RECEIVE TRAINING IN MONITORING AND CONTROL OF TRADE IN OZONE DEPLETING SUBSTANCES (ODS)
200 GRENADA TO BENEFIT FROM REGIONAL DEMONSTRATION PROJECT FOR THE REFRIGERATION AND AIR-CONDITIONING SECTOR
197 OECS COUNTRY MISSION TO UNDERTAKE DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT ON CONSUMER AFFAIRS LANDSCAPES IN MEMBER STATES
196 ENERGY DIAGNOSIS AND POLICY EVALUATION WORKSHOP AS GRENADA MOVES FORWARD IN DEVELOPING NATIONAL ENERGY PLANNING GUIDELINES
84 Government to meet with Public Sector Unions to discuss new protocol for Statutory Bodies and State Owned Enterprises
58 November 3, 2014 - DISCUSSION OF DRAFT SCOCIAL COMPACT ON GBN TELEVISION – TUESDAY NOVEMBER 4TH, 2014
54 September 25, 2014 - LOCAL TEAM MEETING HELD FOLLOWING THE UN CONFERENCE IN SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES (SIDS), SAMOA SEPTEMBER 1-4, 2014
53 September 25, 2014 - LOCAL TEAM MEETING HELD FOLLOWING THE UN CONFERENCE ON SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES (SIDS), SAMOA SEPTEMBER 1-4, 2014
50 September 18, 2014 - THE NOU TO RECOGNISE INTERNATIONAL DAY 2015 BUDGET PREPARATION MOVING INTO HIGH GEAR
48 September 12, 2014 - THE NOU TO RECOGNISE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE OZONE LAYER
47 September 12, 2014 - THE NOU TO RECOGNISE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE OZONE LAYER
37 June 30, 2014 - JUNIOR OFFICERS OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DIVISION PARTICIPATE IN BASIC TRAINING COURSE
36 June 30, 2014 - JUNIOR OFFICERS OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DIVISION PARTICIPATE IN BASIC TRAINING COURSE
24 April 24, 2014 - NOU AND GRENCASE COLLABORATES TO PROVIDE TRAINING IN REFRIGERATION AND AIR-CONDITIONING FUNDAMENTALS
21 April 1, 2014 - GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS COMMENCE TALKS ON MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING FOR HOME-GROWN PROGRAMME OF FISCAL ADJUSTMENT AND REFORMS
20 April 1, 2014 - REGISTRATION OF LICENSED NON-BANK FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS IN COMPLIANCE WITH FATCA
19 March 27, 2014 - GOVERNMENT AND DIGICEL SIGN AGREEMENT FOR INSTALLATION OF ELECTRONIC TRACKING SYSTEM DEVICES IN ALL GOVERNMENT VEHICLES
15 March 6, 2014 - GRENADA TO HOST ENERGY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (ESD) PROJECT INCEPTION MEETING
11 February 26, 2014 - 3RD INSTALLMENT OF RETROACTIVE PAYMENTS TO PUBLIC OFFICERS AND TEACHERS DEFERRED
10 February 25, 2014 - GRENADA CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DIVISION ANNUAL AWARD AND RECOGNITION CEREMONY, 2014
8 February 12, 2014 - COMMITTEE OF SOCIAL PARTNERS MOVING STEADFASTLY TOWARDS THE FINALISATION OF A SOCIAL COMPACT