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Suriname Economy to Contract 9%

Suriname Economy to Contract 9%Suriname Economy to Contract 9%

The International Monetary Fund is projecting an economic contraction of 9% this year in struggling Suriname, AP reported. A visiting IMF team says that without major policy adjustments, Suriname “risks deepening instability” with sharp exchange rate depreciation and accelerating inflation. It says international reserves are “critically low”. The economy of the South American nation has been in a freefall amid collapsing global commodity prices and the local currency’s resulting slide against the US dollar. The IMF is calling for tight controls on public wage costs, higher fuel taxes and a phasing out of power subsidies. It says a value-added tax should also be put in place by 2018.

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