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IMF Executive Board Completes Second Review of Extended Credit Facility Arrangement for Niger and Approves US$20 Million Disbursement

June 1, 2018

  • The approval brings total disbursements under the arrangement to SDR 42.3 million (about US$60 million).
  • Program performance in 2017 was satisfactory, despite an underperformance of fiscal revenue mobilization.
  • Niger’s economic program aims to enhance macroeconomic stability and foster high and equitable growth.

The Executive Board of the IMF today completed the second review of Niger’s economic and financial program supported under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) Arrangement. The completion of the review enables the disbursement of SDR 14.1 million (about US$20 million), bringing total disbursements under the arrangement to SDR 42.3 million (about US$60 million).

In completing the second review, the Executive Board took note of the authorities’ Social and Economic Development Plan (PDES) for 2017-21 that serves as Niger’s Economic Development Document (EDD) describing the macroeconomic, structural, and social policies in support of growth and poverty reduction, as well as associated external financing needs and major sources of financing.

On January 23, 2017 the Executive Board of the IMF had approved a three-year arrangement under the ECF for Niger in the amount of SDR 98.7 million (about US$134.04 million, or 75 percent of Niger’s quota) in support of the authorities’ national plan for economic development (see Press Release No. 17/18). It aims to enhance macroeconomic stability and foster high and equitable growth, boost incomes and create jobs, while strengthening the foundations for sustainable development.

Following the Executive Board discussion, Mr. Mitsuhiro Furusawa, Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chair, made the following statement:

“Program performance in 2017 was satisfactory, despite an underperformance of fiscal revenue mobilization. All performance criteria were met. All indicative targets were observed, except for the one on fiscal revenues, which fell well short of what was programmed for 2017. Implementation of the structural reform agenda is progressing, but slower than envisaged.

“The 2018 program is set in a realistic macroeconomic framework, with economic growth gradually picking up over the next few years thanks to economic reforms and significant donor support. Currently elevated inflation should recede quickly and fiscal consolidation is set to bring the deficit below the WAEMU threshold by 2021. The current account deficit will likely remain large but is fully financed by external support.

“Going forward, it will be important to step up revenue mobilization. Strong revenue collection in 2018 so far is encouraging, as are the budget measures adopted this year. These measures are supported by additional steps to boost revenues over the short term, and systematic efforts to build up administrations capacity. However, the accumulation of new domestic payment arrears during the first quarter should be addressed as soon as possible.

“Reforms to strengthen the private sector and to address demographic pressures and gender inequity remain essential for medium-term development prospects. Efforts to improve the business environment are welcome, with the program emphasizing steps to improve access to credit. Determined implementation is the key to making Niger’s commendable strengthening of its governance framework a tangible success. On the demographic front, despite recent efforts, a broader and faster push is called for if decisive inroads are to be made.

“Submission of the government’s new Economic Development Document that frames the ECF-supported program in a broader and longer-term context is welcome. The revised EDD ensures the national development strategy, the PDES, and the authorities’ overall reform plan are aligned with the stability and development objectives of the ECF-supported program.”

Niger: Selected Economic Indicators, 2016-18

Population (millions)

18.8

Per capita GDP: ($)

438.4

Quota (current, millions SDR, % total)

131.6

(0.03%)

Literacy/poverty rate:

26.6/45.7

Main products and exports:

Uranium, livestock, petroleum products

Key export markets:

France, Nigeria

2016

2017

2018

(Est.)

(Proj.)

Output

Real GDP growth (%)

4.9

4.9

5.2

Prices

Inflation - average (in %)

0.2

2.4

3.9

General government finances

Revenue and Grants (% GDP)

20.5

21.4

22.7

Expenditure (% GDP)

26.6

26.5

28.6

Fiscal balance (% GDP)

-6.1

-5.0

-5.9

Basic balance (% GDP) 1

-4.2

-4.9

-4.0

Public debt (% GDP)

45.1

46.1

46.2

Money and Credit

Broad money (% change)

8.7

6.1

9.5

Credit to private sector (% change)

12.7

2.1

7.8

Balance of payments

Current account (% GDP)

-15.7

-13.8

-16.7

FDI (% GDP)

3.5

3.7

5.6

Reserves (in months of imports of goods and services)

5.6

4.7

4.4

External debt (% GDP)

33.0

30.1

30.1

Exchange rate

REER (% change)

0.04

1.53

Sources: Nigerien authorities and IMF staff estimates;International Financial Statistics database, World Development Indicators database.

1/ Revenue minus expenditure net of externally-financed capital expenditure.

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