This web page provides information on the activities of our office, views of IMF staff, and the relations between West Bank and Gaza and the IMF. Our latest report is available here.

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West Bank and Gaza: At a Glance

The office of the IMF Resident Representative for the West Bank and Gaza was established in July 1995, to help fulfill the IMF’s mandate to assist the Palestinian Authority as specified under the Oslo Accords. While the IMF cannot provide financial support to WBG (because it is not a member state), it has been providing policy advice in the macroeconomic, fiscal, and financial areas since 1994. The IMF has also been providing technical assistance to support capacity building in the areas of tax administration, public expenditure management, banking supervision and regulation, and macroeconomic statistics. More recently, IMF staff worked with the Palestinian Authority to develop the Palestinian Reform and Development Plan presented at the Paris Donors’ Conference in 2007 and its successor Palestinian National Development Plan, published in 2011. The IMF’s staff reports review progress in implementing these plans, with a focus on the macroeconomic and fiscal areas.

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Office Activities

  • West Bank and Gaza Report to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (العربية)

    Geopolitical turbulence and concerns for the peace process are more elevated than in recent memory. Views of the international community have diverged following the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Despite renewed calls to revive the peace process, so far there is no agreed path forward. In the meantime, rigid border constraints, spending cuts, and threats of further donor funding declines have compounded the already perilous humanitarian conditions in Gaza, severely impacted the local economy, and increased the potential for unrest. Although progressing slowly, moves toward reunification offer a potential bright spot.

    March 19, 2018

  • Press Release: IMF Staff Concludes Visit to West Bank and Gaza

    February 20, 2018

  • Report to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee

    Mounting political frictions are overshadowing attempts to revive peace talks. Details of a path forward on the peace process remain elusive and attention has shifted to preventing further violence after tensions flared in July. Domestic political frictions have deepened and Hamas did not participate in the May 2017 municipal elections in the West Bank. The difficult decision by the PA to reduce expenditures in Gaza has intensified tense domestic relations amid regional complexities. Read More

    September 11, 2017

  • Press Release: IMF Staff Concludes Visit to West Bank and Gaza

    July 24, 2017

  • West Bank and Gaza: Report to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee

    The peace process looks increasingly vulnerable. In January, the international community reaffirmed its support to the two-state solution at the Paris Conference, although the position of the new U.S. administration is perceived as less clear. While a United Nations Security Council resolution condemned settlement activity, Israel stepped up settlement approvals in early 2017. The domestic situation remains unsettled, with municipal elections planned for May in the West Bank.

    April 18, 2017


October 17, 2017

Economic prospects for the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan, and Pakistan (MENAP) and Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) regions are diverging. Despite the strengthening global recovery, the outlook for MENAP countries remains relatively subdued due to the continued adjustment to low oil prices and regional conflicts. In contrast, the outlook for the CCA region is improving, supported by the more favorable global environment. In both regions, efforts to promote growth-friendly fiscal consolidation, stronger monetary policy frameworks, economic diversification and private sector development should continue. The window of opportunity arising from various integration initiatives and the favorable external environment call for increasing trade openness, while the adoption of financial technologies could increase financial inclusion and facilitate greater access to credit. Together, these actions will help MENAP and CCA countries to secure higher and more inclusive growth.
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