IMF adopts CPIFR assessment standard for Islamic banking

IMF adopts CPIFR assessment standard for Islamic banking

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced Thursday that it will integrate Islamic banking, which now has a presence in more than 60 countries, into its financial stability assessments in nations where Islamic finance commands at least 15 percent of the banking sector market. Beginning in 2019, they’ll use the Core…

Barrow in Brussels for The Gambia-EU donor conference

Barrow in Brussels for The Gambia-EU donor conference

President Adama Barrow of The Gambia is in Brussels Tuesday for a donor conference to help support the country’s democratic transition from the decades of rule under former dictator Yahya Jammeh. The conference, jointly organized by The Gambia and the European Union, will see Barrow co-chair the meeting alongside High…

AfDB denies reports it has cut off $400 million loan to Nigeria

The African Development Bank (AfDB) said Tuesday that it has not decided to call off loans to Nigeria, countering widespread media reports that the support for the West African nation’s ailing economy was withdrawn. “The African Development Bank is highly encouraged by the economic recovery of Nigeria from recession and…

Merkel makes G20 ‘Compact for Africa’ case in Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed her case for investment in Africa on Monday as part of the G20’s Compact for Africa initiative, the focus of two-day meetings in Berlin. Merkel, whose nation holds the current G20 presidency, welcomed African leaders from Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Tunisia, the three nations that…

IMF recommends USD$150 million in funds for Benin

The International Monetary Fund has announced its recommendation for USD$150.4 million in funds to boost economic growth in Benin. An IMF team spent a week in Cotonou at the request of Benin’s government and completed their mission on Wednesday  While there, IFM representatives led by Norbert Toé met with President Patrice Talon,…

Algeria: Budget plans add to political, economic tensions

Algerian teachers and medical workers are threatening strikes as the country’s economic woes linger amid low oil prices, and the government proposes tax hikes and salary freezes to stretch the budget. The three-year economic plan released last month also considers reduced food subsidies, with increases in bread and milk prices. Algerian…

Lagarde: Africa’s tech, soft infrastructure are IMF priorities

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said soft infrastructure investment across Africa is a development and investment priority as the IMF encourages a more inclusive – and more vigorous – approach to global economic growth. “More can be done to raise growth now and make it more inclusive,”…