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The Global Findex Database 2021 identifies opportunities for increasing financial inclusion

By Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, Leora Klapper, Dorothe Singer and Saniya Ansar The latest edition of the Global Findex shows that account ownership has grown across the...

Central America: Seeking resilient growth and social cohesion in the aftermath of shocks

By Metodij Hadzi-Vaskov and Joyce Wong Central America is no stranger to large shocks. The region was once one of the most volatile in the...

Portugal: Policies for a strong economy

By the Portugal Country Team IMF European Department After a deep pandemic-induced recession, the Portuguese economy gained ground in 2021 and GDP surpassed its pre-pandemic...

To form or not to form: Guyana’s dilemma in establishing a National Oil Company

By Cristina Caus and Jerry Haar Since its oil discoveries in 2015, Guyana has been contemplating the formation of a national oil company. Its dilemma...

Dust off the Commonwealth SG elections

By Sir Ronald Sanders Much has been written in the Caribbean media about the contest surrounding the post of Commonwealth secretary-general that was decided on...

Beijing ramps up its rhetoric over Taiwan and maritime sovereignty

By John Dotson In the month of June, multiple spokespeople of the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) made statements about Taiwan that were...

US influence in the Americas is waning

By David Jessop The recently ended Summit of the Americas will likely be best remembered for the US decision not to invite Cuba, Venezuela and...

Fire juggling in the energy sector: Part 2

By Dr Lorraine Sobers Last week we looked at the “fire juggling act” between renewable energy development and natural gas development with a regional outlook....

We must ignore the defeatist voices who propose to sell out Ukraine

By Liz Truss and Dmytro Kuleba The United Kingdom stands side-by-side with Ukraine on its path as a free European democracy. We strengthened this through...

Guyana and Suriname: How access to capital can transform frontier energy markets

By Arthur Deakin Back in 2010, Guyana and Suriname were not known for their hydrocarbon reserves. But now, both (neighboring countries) have discovered more than...

Despite overwhelming success at the polls in Grenada – a word to the wise

By Dr Neals J. Chitan The evening of June 23, 2022, saw a major upset to the ruling New National Party (NNP) in Grenada as...

Lessons for Guyana from T&T: What to embrace and what to avoid?

By Dr Graham King Commodity-rich developing countries can suffer terribly from Dutch Disease. Commodity wealth bolsters imports, making them relatively cheaper and more readily accessible...

Correcting a foolish wrong

By Sir Ronald Sanders It is time that several nations, led in the Western Hemisphere by the US and Canada, correct a foolish wrong. Among...

The fight against food insecurity in the Caribbean

By Lilia Burunciuc Food prices around the world, including in the Caribbean, skyrocketed this year after the conflict in Ukraine broke out. Both Ukraine and Russia...

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