Malta [electronic resource] : 2008 Article IV Consultation: Staff Report; Public Information Notice on the Executive Board Discussion; and Statement by the Executive Director for Malta.

International Monetary Fund
Washington, D.C. : International Monetary Fund, 2008.
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IMF Staff Country Reports; Country Report No. 08/276.
IMF Staff Country Reports; Country Report No. 08/276
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Local subjects:
Administered price.
Article IV consultation reports.
Balance of payments.
Budget balance.
Central bank.
Competition framework.
Competition policy.
Competitive global environment.
Competitive pressures.
Current account.
Current account balance.
Current account deficit.
Current account surplus.
Debt dynamics.
Debt ratio.
Debt stock.
Debt sustainability.
Domestic banks.
Domestic currency.
Domestic demand.
Domestic market.
Economic conditions.
Economic growth.
Economic indicators.
Economic liberalization.
Economic reforms.
Exchange rate regime.
Export diversification.
Export performance.
Export sector.
Export sectors.
Export structure.
External debt.
External debt sustainability.
External financing.
External shocks.
Financial sector.
Fixed investment.
Global market.
Government debt.
Gross capital formation.
Import costs.
Import price.
Import prices.
Indirect taxes.
Investor confidence.
Liberalization agenda.
Long-term debt.
Market liberalization.
Multilateral trade.
Net exports.
Net external debt.
Nominal interest rate.
Oil prices.
Public debt.
Public finance.
Public finances.
Public sector debt.
Short-term debt.
Staff Reports.
Tariff reform.
Terms of trade.
Total external debt.
Trade deficit.
Trade deficits.
Trade gains.
Trade share.
Trading partners.
Transport company.
Unemployment rate.
World trade.
This 2008 Article IV Consultation highlights that Malta has experienced a three-year-long expansion reflecting strong foreign direct investment, export diversification, and value-added upgrading. Financial soundness indicators held up in 2007 despite unfavorable international developments. The banking sector’s liquidity and funding profile are healthy, and banks have remained profitable despite markdowns in security portfolios. Nonperforming loans fell further but are still comparatively high and thinly provisioned. The authorities are unbundling and opening to private participation the fuel and gas operations of the public energy company.
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