IMF Concludes Latest Moldova Review, Releases New Money

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded its latest review of Moldova on December 20 and immediately made available 22.2 million US dollars as part of the lender’s current three-year funding arrangement. The review was carried out under the terms of its Extended Credit Facility and Extended Fund Facility agreements, which total 183.1 million US dollars and which were approved in November 2016. Moldova has so far received 57.5 million US dollars as part of the deal.

“Important progress is being made in repairing the financial sector, including improving transparency in ownership and management, strengthening supervisory and regulatory frameworks, and carrying out bank level diagnostics,” said Mitsuhiro Furusawa, deputy managing director and acting chair of the IMF’s executive board. “Nevertheless, significant challenges remain for progress to become irreversible. Efforts should continue to aim at facilitating the transfer ownership of “problem” shares in the largest banks to fit and proper shareholders, the certification of incoming shareholders and managers in line with the law, and continued clean-up of banks’ balance sheets and improvement in their risk management. Increased supervisory resources focused on key risks can support these efforts.”

The IMF believes that GDP growth in Moldova is expected to moderate to around 3 per cent in 2018, with inflation is expected to return to the National Bank of Moldova’s target of 4 per cent for 2018 in the coming months. The bank views Moldova’s disciplined fiscal policies and revenue overperformance as enabling additional priority spending, while public debt remains sustainable.

“The 2018 budget and medium-term fiscal framework allow for growth-friendly priority public investment and social spending, while safeguarding debt sustainability,” Mr Furusawa added. “Looking forward, firm control over current spending and the wage bill will be important to prevent the latter from increasing in percent of GDP and unduly constraining priority spending. Efforts should also be made to improve public investment efficiency, take a measured approach to scaling up, and eliminate arrears at the local level.”

Moldova’s steady progress has also recently been highlighted by Jason Pellmar, head of the Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova regional office of the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. He told Emerging Europe in an interview that the government has acted to address some of the issues that they’re contending with, “especially in the banking sector.”

In 2014, 1 billion US dollars disappeared from three Moldovan banks: Banca de Economii, Unibank and Banca Socială. The total loss was the equivalent to 12 per cent of the small country’s total GDP.

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Big cranes in port of Koper in Slovenia

Sarajevo Stock Exchange Connected to SEE Link

sarajevo stock exchange

Bulgaria Ski Resort Plans Concern WWF

Bansko, Bulgaria - December, 6, 2015: Two Bansko cable car cabins and snow mountains peaks

New Political Crisis Hits Moldova

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Czech Republic Approves 2018 Budget

Ten czech crown coins money on black marble background

EU Commissioner: CEE Groceries Are Not of Poorer Quality

Vilnius Lithuania - June 13 2017: Nordica shopping center in Vilnius is very popular with locals and tourists.

Romanians Take to the Streets in New Mass Protest

‘Traditional Values’: A Potent Weapon Against LGBT Rights

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CEE Is Key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Shanghai skyline Panoramic view of shanghai skyline and huangpu river Shanghai China

Steep Jump in Georgian Exports

container ship in import export and business logistic.By crane Trade Port Shipping.cargo to harbor.Aerial view.Top view.

Wizz Air in Huge Polish & Ukrainian Expansion

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ICT Growth Continues to Boost Bosnian Economy

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Toyota Announces 400 Million Zloty Polish Investment

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Nadiya Savchenko: I Dream of a Great Ukraine

Panorama of the top part of the Andrew's Descent from Castle Hill in springtime in Kiev Ukraine.

Slovenia is the CEE region’s leader in VAT collection

Banca Transilvania Concludes Moldovan Deal

banca transilvania

World Bank: Brexit Hides Greater Challenges to the European Union and the CEE Region

Polish Labour Market Deficits Are Impacting All

Construction site with crane and building. Construction site in western europe - in Poland.

Beyond Borders: Immigration Within the EU

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Hungary Today: Potential and Challenge

Chain bridge on Danube river in Budapest city. Hungary. Urban landscape panorama with old buildings and domes of opera

Slovenia: Emerging Europe’s Hidden Giant

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OECD: Tightening Labour Markets Sustain Growth in Emerging Europe

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More EU Help for Belarus SMEs

GRODNO BELARUS - DECEMBER 13 2013: Seamstress in textile factory sewing with a industrial sewing machine .

UK Economic Growth Slows as Brexit Uncertainty Bites

flags of UK and EU combined over icons of London - Brexit concept

Ukraine’s Gas Reserve Estimates Revised Upwards

Industrial concept. Liquid gas container. Gas storage in the port. Pipelines in the refinery

Prospering Czechia Still Needs a Bigger Workforce

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