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The CFA Franc Zone Common Currency, Uncommon Challenges

by Anne-Marie Gulde Charalambos Tsangarides

About one-third of countries covered by the IMF's African Department are members of the CFA franc zone. With most other countries moving away from fixed exchange rates, the issue of an adequate policy framework to ensure the sustainability of the CFA franc zone is clearly of interest to policymakers and academics. However, little academic research on the subject exists in the public domain. This book aims to fill this void, by bringing together work undertaken in the context of intensified regional surveillance, and highlighting the current challenges and the main policy requirements if the arrangements are to be carried forward. The book is based on empirical research by a broad group of IMF economists, with contributions from several outside experts. Fourteen African countries are members of the CFA franc zone. The long-standing link between the West and Central African CFA francs and the euro (and before that the French franc) has contributed to monetary stability in the region. Yet the CFA franc zone, like other fixed exchange rate regimes, must be mindful of sustainability and competitiveness. Diversity and relatively loose economic integration among member countries add to the challenges. In reviewing policy options for the zone, the authors of this volume suggest policies that would safeguard the benefits to member countries from the common currency, and at the same time promote more flexible economic systems to absorb shocks and increase the rewards stemming from regional integration.

Exchange Rate Regimes and the Stability of the International Monetary System

by Atish R. Ghosh Charalambos Tsangarides Jonathan D. Ostry

The member countries of the International Monetary Fund collaborate to try to assure orderly exchange arrangements and promote a stable system of exchange rates, recognizing that the essential purpose of the international monetary system is to facilitate the exchange of goods, services, and capital, and to sustain sound economic growth. The paper reviews the stability of the overall system of exchange rates by examining macroeconomic performance (inflation, growth, crises) under alternative exchange rate regimes; implications of exchange rate regime choice for interaction with the rest of the system (external adjustment, trade integration, capital flows); and potential sources of stress To The international monetary system.

Growth Determinants Revisited

by Alin Mirestean Charalambos Tsangarides

A report from the International Monetary Fund.

Monetary Policy Transmission in Mauritius Using a VAR Analysis

by Charalambos Tsangarides

A report from the International Monetary Fund.

What is Fuzzy About Clustering in West Africa?

by Charalambos Tsangarides Mahvash Saeed Qureshi

A report from the International Monetary Fund.

Words vs. Deeds: What Really Matters?

by Atish R. Ghosh Mahvash S. Qureshi Charalambos Tsangarides

A report from the International Monetary Fund.

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