The IMF’s Deputy Managing Director, Kenji Okamura, visited Morocco in March to discuss IMF support and economic resilience with Morocco’s Prime Minister and Central Bank Governor. He also met with representatives of the country’s banking sector and visited the Al Fakih Azouiten school in Casablanca.
Shortly afterward, the DMD headed to Mauritania to meet with the President and other government officials to discuss the country’s $86.9 million 42-month IMF-supported program. The program aims to preserve macroeconomic stability, strengthen fiscal and monetary policy frameworks, promote sustainable, inclusive growth, and reduce poverty. You can read more here and learn about how Mauritania can reduce the impact of climate disasters on its economy in this recent Country Focus story.
While in Mauritania, DMD Okamura participated in a university event and gave opening remarks to students at a panel discussion on the IMF’s recently published book, Promoting Inclusive Growth in the Middle East and North Africa: Challenges and Opportunities in a Post-Pandemic World, available here. He also paid a visit to the Safia Center to hear girls’ perspectives on their access to economic opportunities in Mauritania and toured the Nouakchott Green Belt Project to learn more about the country’s fight against desertification.