Finance & Economics

Environment ministers discussed the Circular Economy and the Plastics Strategy

At the Environment Council, ministers exchanged views on the package presented by the Commission on 16 January 2018, which aims at delivering on the circular economy action plan.

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2017 Article IV Consultation with Solomon Islands

On February 16, 2018, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the 2017 Article IV Consultation with Solomon Islands.

Phishing Schemes Make IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Tax Scams for 2018; Individuals, Businesses, Tax Pros Urged to Remain Vigilant

Following continuing threats to taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Service listed email “phishing” schemes as a top filing season concern and part of the annual listing of the “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for 2018 on Mar 05, 2018.

IMF Staff Completes 2018 Article IV Mission to Samoa

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Giovanni Ganelli visited Samoa from February 21-March 5 to hold discussions with authorities on the 2018 Article IV Consultation.

World Bank Supports Ethiopia’s Endeavors to Provide all Citizens with Access to Electricity

The World Bank on March 1, approved a $375 million International Development Association (IDA) credit to support Ethiopia’s goal of achieving universal electricity access by 2025.

Tackling the hidden economy: public sector licensing

The LITRG raises concerns about how tax registration checks would fall short of eliminating hidden economy activity as, for example, the proposals will not affect those who operate illegally without a licence or ensure that those who are registered...

Reducing emergency admissions

Emergency admissions cost the NHS £13.7 billion in 2015-16 and pose a serious challenge to both the service and financial position of the NHS, according to the report by the National Audit Office (NAO) on Mar 02,2018. Over the last four years, the NHS...

Lithuania needs to address its demographic challenge and boost job quality


Madagascar: $45 Million to Promote Financial Inclusion of Individuals and Small Enterprises

The World Bank approved a $45 million International Development Association (IDA) credit to promote the financial inclusion of individuals and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in Madagascar, on March 1st.

European Commission responds to the US restrictions on steel and aluminium affecting the EU

The European Commission takes note of the announcement by the President of the United States of the imposition of restrictions in the form of an import surcharge on EU exports to the US of steel and aluminium.