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IMF US $13 million disbursement

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has completed its first review of Zambia’s economic performance and has released US $13.2 million under a Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF).

An IMF statement on Thursday said: “In the light of the widespread poverty in Zambia, the authorities’ firm commitment to poverty reduction, as outlined in their Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (I-PRSP) is welcome. The authorities’ efforts to establish a legal environment that sustains private sector led growth, promotes stable macroeconomic conditions conducive to private investment, and targets poverty reduction programmes, (clearly prioritised within the available resources), are essential to achieve poverty reduction”.

The government’s full PRSP is scheduled to be completed in mid-2001.
The IMF’s economic review was completed under a programme supported by a three-year US $336.3 million PRGF. Total disbursements to Zambia under the current programme now stands at US $26.4 million.

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