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Between a Rock and a Hard Place – Recent Economic Developments in the Palestinian Economy (February 19, 2014)

February 19, 2014
The economy in the West Bank and Gaza was weaker than expected in 2013 and the outlook depends heavily on the outcome of the peace talks. In this presentation for the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS), Udo Kock, Resident Representative for the International Monetary Fund, discusses recent economic developments and the policy challenges that lie ahead. click for more

West Bank and Gaza: Staff Report

September 11, 2013
Prepared for the September 2013 Meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee; September 11, 2013 click for more

West Bank and Gaza: Selected Issues

September 11, 2013
September 11, 2013 click for more

IMF urges the Palestinian Authority and Donors to reassess priorities (July 10, 2013)

July 10, 2013
Op ed by Christoph Duenwald, Mission Chief for West Bank and Gaza, and Udo Kock, Resident Representative for West Bank and Gaza click for more

Statement at the Conclusion of an IMF Mission to the West Bank and Gaza

July 3, 2013
A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Christoph Duenwald visited East Jerusalem and Ramallah during June 24-July 2, 2013, to assess recent economic developments in the West Bank and Gaza, and the financial situation of the Palestinian Authority. click for more

Recent Experience and Prospects of the Economy of the West Bank and Gaza (Brussels, March 19, 2013)

March 14, 2013
Staff Report Prepared for the Meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee. click for more

Labor Market Trends, Growth and Unemployment

December 1, 2012
Employment growth in the West Bank and Gaza has been insufficient to absorb the rapid rise in the labor force, leading to high levels of under- and unemployment. In this note Udo Kock, Mariusz Sumlinski, and Hania Qassis analyze recent trends in labor market performance and estimate the real growth rate needed to absorb new entrants into the labor market and achieve lower unemployment. click for more

Regional Economic Outlook and Recent Economic Developments in the West Bank and Gaza

November 1, 2012
The November 2012 Regional Economic Outlook (REO) for the Middle East and Central Asia was presented at the Palestinian Monetary Authority on December 6, 2012. The presentation by IMF Resident Representative Udo Kock also includes an overview of recent economic developments in West Bank and Gaza. click for more

Regional Economic Outlook: Middle East and Central Asia

November 1, 2012

Regional Economic Outlook Highlights

November 1, 2012

West Bank and Gaza Economic Update

May 1, 2012
The slowdown of growth in the West Bank continues as indicated in the March 2012 IMF report, while in Gaza real GDP continues to grow at a high rate. The fiscal situation of the Palestinian Authority remains very challenging. click for more

Recent Experience and Prospects of the Economy of the West Bank and Gaza (Brussels, March 21, 2012)

March 21, 2012
Staff Report Prepared for the Meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee. click for more

Regional Economic Outlook and Recent Economic Developments in the West Bank and Gaza

January 1, 2012
The October 2011 Regional Economic Outlook (REO) for the Middle East and Central Asia was presented at the Palestinian Monetary Authority on January 18, 2012. The presentation by IMF Resident Representative Udo Kock also included an overview of recent economic developments in West Bank and Gaza. click for more

Recent Developments in Clearance Revenues

October 1, 2011
Clearance revenues are a major source of budgetary revenue for the Palestinian Authority. In this note Udo Kock and Hania Qassis review recent trends in volume, composition, and origin of clearance revenues, and bring to the fore the importance of a smooth and timely transfer of those revenues to the Palestinian Authority click for more

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Resident Representative for the West Bank and Gaza

Udo Kock Udo Kock
IMF Resident Representative
PO Box 54842
World Bank Bldg.
Dahiet Al-Barid
Jerusalem
E-mail: UKOCK@imf.org
(Tel) 972 2 2366530
(Fax) 972 2 2366543