IMF Staff Completes Review Mission to Cameroon
November 8, 2019
End-of-Mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country. The views expressed in this statement are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF’s Executive Board. Based on the preliminary findings of this mission, staff will prepare a report that, subject to management approval, will be presented to the IMF’s Executive Board for discussion and decision.
- The IMF team has reached staff-level agreement with the authorities on the fifth review of the implementation of Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement.
- Growth in 2019 is estimated at 3.9 percent, slightly lower than envisaged as the rebound of the oil and gas sector compensated for the subdued performance of the non-oil sector.
- The authorities are adjusting the 2019 fiscal projections to consider lower than projected non-oil fiscal revenue, while keeping the overall deficit anchored at 2.3 percent of GDP.
An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team, led by Mr. Amadou Sy, visited
Yaoundé during October 28—November 8, 2019 to discuss the fifth review of
the program supported by the ECF that was approved in
At the conclusion of this visit, Mr. Sy issued the following statement:
“The IMF team reached staff-level agreement with the authorities on
economic and financial policies that could support approval of the fifth
review of their three-year program under the ECF. The IMF Executive Board
could consider the fifth review in mid-December 2019. The completion of the
fifth review would enable a sixth disbursement of SDR 55.2 million (about
US$ 76.5 million).
“Overall economic growth is estimated to reach 3.9 percent in 2019, from
4.1 percent in 2018. The strong rebound of the oil and gas sector will help
contain the lower than anticipated expansion in the non-oil sector. While
the oil and gas sector is expected to grow by 6.0 percent after three years
of deceleration, security challenges and the suspension of SONARA’s
production since June 2019 is weighing on short-term growth prospects.
Non-oil activity is estimated to soften at 3.8 percent in 2019 from 4.4
percent in 2018. Inflation remains low but is trending up from 1.1 percent
in 2018 to 2.3 percent in September 2019, (y/y) mainly owing to higher food
prices and with strong regional variations.
“Fiscal performance in 2019 faces increased headwinds due to security
challenges, the delayed implementation of new tax measures, and SONARA’s
financial difficulties. Structural reforms are moving ahead, albeit with
slow progress. The authorities are considering
expanding the non-oil revenue base, including by reducing tax exemptions,
raising VAT efficiency, and improving tax and customs administration. They
are committed to addressing risks from contingent liabilities, including
from SONARA and other state-owned enterprises, and safeguarding debt
sustainability including by continuing to increase the share of
concessional loans in new borrowing.”
“The medium-term outlook remains positive, with non-oil growth expected to
gradually rise thanks to the completion of the investments in
infrastructure and energy projects and a gradual resolution of the security
crisis. Fiscal consolidation over 2020-21, together with enhanced foreign
exchange repatriation will support a continued rebuilding of BEAC reserves.
Structural reforms to increase public investment efficiency, strengthen
public enterprises and support private sector development will support the
growth outlook going forward.”
“The team wishes to thank the Cameroonian authorities for their
hospitality, cooperation, and the constructive dialogue.”
The team met with Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute, Minister of State
Secretary General at the Presidency Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh, Minister of
Finance Louis Paul Motaze, Minister of Economy, Planning, and Regional
Development Alamine Ousmane Mey, BEAC National Director Eugene Blaise Nsom,
and other senior officials. The mission also met representatives of the
diplomatic and donor communities as well of the private sector.
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