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  1. Paul Flanagan
    Paul Flanagan January 27, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Hi John.
    Thanks for the comment. Is there any public record of this? There is no press release from the IMF indicating the report has been delayed or won’t be released (as as the case for PNG). When I did the research on PNG’s standing in 2016 relative to other countries in the East Asia and Pacific region, I put Laos in a separate category of some open engagement with the IMF. Specifically, the IMF did include commentary on the performance of the Lao economy in press releases on 8 September 2016 and also on 15 March 2016 following visits by the Managing Director Christine Legarde. There is nothing similar for PNG. Possibly PNG needs a visit by the IMF’s Managing Director?

  2. John Fargher
    John Fargher January 27, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Paul, Lao PDR also suppressed the IMF Article IV assessment (late 2016). So untrue that PNG is unique, but your point stands and is perhaps reinforced by the company PNG has chosen to keep in this regard.

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