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  1. IMF predicts Hong Kong economy to expand 5pc

    Posted Nov 08th 2006, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... Fund (IMF). The IMF also expected that the budget surplus this year would be higher than the government's original forecast of HK$5.6 billion. The comments were part of the concluding statements published yesterday following the visit by an IMF mission last month. The mission said it expected economic growth of 5.5 to 6 per cent this year, and around 5 per cent next year. ...

  2. Ignoring IMF warnings of pollution's impact won't clear the air

    Posted Nov 13th 2006, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... cross-border pollution were urgently needed and that greater emphasis could be placed on market-based mechanisms.' IMF report, Hong Kong mission, October 24, 2006 HK government mention of IMF ... sufficiently to have devoted 15 of the 76 paragraphs in his most recent policy address to pollution, why could his subordinates not concede that the IMF also sees it as a sufficiently big difficulty ...

  3. New IMF umpire unlikely to whip US into line on deficit

    Posted May 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... and encouraging its citizens to save more, generating more domestic demand in Europe and persuading Asian governments to allow more exchange rate flexibility. Exactly how the IMF is supposed to achieve these goals when the only real power it possesses is over countries it has lent money to in a crisis is not yet clear. The plan outlined last month seemed to envisage the IMF as a sort of global ...

  4. Economic outlook bright for city, says IMF

    Posted Feb 15th 2006, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... and long-term unemployment remained key challenges. The comments, in the IMF's sixth staff report on Hong Kong, come a week before Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen is due to deliver his ... and stable policy framework, will continue to maintain its competitiveness and resilience.' The IMF is projecting real economic growth of 7 per cent for last year, in line with official ...

  5. New cast for an outdated movie

    Posted Sep 04th 2006, 12:00am by Tom Plate

    ... but operating globally, the IMF is one of those backstage international institutions that only pop up on centre stage when things have really gone wrong. In all probability, the last time you might have noticed the IMF in the news was during the ferocious financial crisis of 1997-1999 that almost ate up parts of Asia. In that drama, the IMF was cast in the role of the evil genie. Its 'men ...

  6. Serving up few crumbs of comfort

    Posted Sep 16th 2006, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... next week. But beware: if you don't have a smiling attitude, you may not be welcome. Singapore- in breach of its commitments to the IMF and World Bank- has said that outdoor demonstrations will not be allowed. It has also refused entry to several critical but intellectually respected groups, including Britain's World Development Movement (WDM), which the IMF and bank had invited to attend. ...

  7. Artist grilled over e-mail

    Posted Sep 17th 2006, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... during the IMF-World Bank meeting. It is understood the three had been responsible for an e-mail that was circulated telling people how they might legally protest at the meeting. Palay, 21, set ...

  8. Little surprise over police action

    Posted Sep 19th 2006, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... Nick Gentle The heavy-handed response of Singapore authorities to any hint of dissent during this week's IMF-World Bank meeting is nothing out of the ordinary, says an activist taken ... around the conference. The student said the flyers contained nothing more than a summary of the standard complaints against the actions of the IMF. Mr Palay, Clement Tan, 18, and an unidentified ...

  9. Mission: Impossible III

    Posted May 11th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... returns as secret agent Ethan Hunt on the Impossible Mission Force (IMF). This time, however, he retires from active duty to marry Julia (Michelle Monaghan), a doctor who knows nothing about his past. But his peaceful days are shortlived as Davian, a sadistic arms dealer played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, kidnaps an IMF agent. Hunt is called in to help with the rescue mission, which ends ...

  10. M:I3 stuck in cruise control

    Posted May 07th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of routine fireworks but very few surprises. Cruise reprises his role as Ethan Hunt, a secret agent on the Impossible Mission Force (IMF). He retires from the frontline to marry Julia (Michelle Monaghan), a doctor who knows nothing about his past. But Hunt returns to action shortly after an IMF agent is held captive by Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a ruthless international arms dealer ...




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