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Financial Reforms in Sudan; Streamlining Bank Intermediation

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The paper reviews the experience of financial reforms in Sudan with a view to assessing their macroeconomic impact and to shedding light on the question why such reforms have not yet brought about visible improvements in financial intermediation. The paper concludes that regardless of the progress achieved in recent years, deficiencies in the reform design, institutional weaknesses, shallow financial markets, shortcomings of the Islamic mode of finance, and strong seasonality remain key factors that constrain financial intermediation. Additional efforts, in particular in bank restructuring, credit instrument design, monetary policy management, and prudential regulation are needed to address the systemic problems of the financial sector and to make it capable of supporting private sector growth.

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  • Alexei P Kireyev, 2001. "Financial Reforms in Sudan; Streamlining Bank Intermediation," IMF Working Papers 01/53, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:01/53
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    1. Adam B. Elhiraika & Khalid Abu Ismail, 2004. "Financial Sector Policy and Poverty Reduction in Sudan," Working Papers 0411, Economic Research Forum, revised 05 Jun 2004.
    2. World Bank, 2003. "Sudan - Stabilization and Reconstruction : Country Economic Memorandum, Volume 1. Main Text," World Bank Other Operational Studies 14622, The World Bank.
    3. Kenji Moriyama, 2008. "Investigating Inflation Dynamics in Sudan," IMF Working Papers 08/189, International Monetary Fund.
    4. Rodney Ramcharan, 2002. "Money, Meat, and Inflation; Using Price Data to Understand An Export Shock in Sudan," IMF Working Papers 02/84, International Monetary Fund.

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    Keywords

    Financial reform; Banking supervision; Islamic finance; Monetary policy; Sudan; banking; reserve requirements; banking system; foreign exchange; Financial Institutions and Services: Government Policy and Regulation;

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