Entries for 'Middle East North Africa'
August 29, 2022
Potential IMF financial support would help meet the large financing needs and strengthen confidence in the economy more broadly.
July 21, 2022
Prolonged inaction by the authorities has worsened economic conditions and deepened the financial crisis.
July 1, 2022
Schedule for the IIF's 2022 virtual investor trips released.
June 29, 2022
The impact of U.S. interest rate increases on the GCC will be limited in an environment of high oil prices.
June 20, 2022
The country has been in political paralysis without a new government and president since October 2021. We expect growth to accelerate to around 9% in 2022 supported by higher oil prices and production.
April 26, 2022
Growth will accelerate to 5.9% in 2022 supported by higher oil production and prices. The combined current account surplus is poised to surge to 16% of GDP and the fiscal surplus to 7% of GDP. Inflationary pressures remain relatively modest.
April 20, 2022
Subdued tourism revenue, higher food prices, and tighter global financial conditions have increased vulnerability of the Egyptian economy. Monetary tightening, exchange rate flexibility, financial support from the GCC, and an increase in natural gas exports will help to mitigate the external shock.
April 11, 2022
The authorities and the IMF have reached a staff-level agreement on a comprehensive economic program. Approval by the IMF Executive Board is contingent a series of prior actions. The program is based on two pillars–-a unified market-determined exchange rate and a confidence-inspiring banking system.
April 11, 2022
Political tensions and major structural challenges combined with the war in Ukraine have exacerbated economic vulnerabilities. Current and fiscal deficits and high public debt pose significant financial risks. An IMF program is needed to close the financing gap and restore macroeconomic stability.
April 5, 2022
The sanctions and the contraction of the Russian economy will have adverse economic spillovers to the CCA. The degree of the effect on each country will depend on its exposure to Russia. Elevated inflation is expected to persist with ongoing supply chain disruptions and higher commodity prices.
March 28, 2022
The war has increased downside risks to growth, raised inflationary pressure, and would lead to wider current account and fiscal deficits. Worsening external financing conditions have encouraged capital outflows and raised the financing needs.
March 8, 2022
We brought together IIF members with local and international experts to discuss the ongoing political, economic, and financial crisis in Lebanon and t...
February 19, 2022
Key senior government officials, representatives from IFIs, and private sector experts will discuss the unprecedented and difficult nature of the Lebanese economic and financial crisis.
February 18, 2022
Russia’s strategy of interrupting oil and gas flows for political gain will encourage Europe to find alternative energy suppliers. In the near term, alternative supplies to Russian gas are limited. In the medium-term, the U.S., Qatar, and Australia may overtake Russia as the primary gas providers.
February 2, 2022
Growth will moderate in 2022 and inflationary pressures could start to ease in 2022H2 as global food inflation moderates and central banks in the region maintain their tight policy stance. Higher energy prices will improve the external and fiscal balances in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan.
January 13, 2022
Investor sentiment towards the GCC region will improve further due to higher oil prices. Government-Related Entities (GREs) and the financial sector are expected to slightly increase their debt issuance. The pace of ESG issuance is accelerating.
December 22, 2021
Uzbekistan coped well with the pandemic. Growth will remain around 6% in 2022, inflation is declining, the fiscal deficit is projected to narrow gradually, and the public debt will remain modest.
December 14, 2021
High oil prices since end-2020 are largely driven by pervasive supply shortages from the lack of adequate investment. Current futures contracts point to Brent average oil prices of $73/bbl and $69/bbl in 2022 and 2023, respectively.
November 19, 2021
Inflation is rising due to higher food and energy prices, deglobalization, and supply chain disruptions. In addition, the recent increases in global CPI stem from widespread monetary easing and expansionary fiscal policy. Inflation may exceed central bank targets through 2022 and into 2023.
November 1, 2021
The result of higher oil prices is a shift in purchasing power from oil consumers to producers. Oil exporters are getting a boost to their terms of trade, leading to wider CA and fiscal surpluses. Higher energy prices will hurt several EMDEs that remain heavily dependent on petroleum imports.