Afghanistan Resident Representative Site
Resident Representative Office in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
This web page provides information on the activities of the Office, views of the IMF staff, and the relations between Afghanistan and the IMF. Additional information can be found on Afghanistan and IMF country page, including official IMF reports and Executive Board documents in English that deal with Afghanistan.
News — Highlights
Communiqué of “Afghanistan: The London Conference” Afghan Leadership, Regional Cooperation, International Partnership
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan: Sixth Review Under the Arrangement Under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility
Afghanistan and the IMF
Statement by the Hon. Omar Zakhilwal, Governor of the World Bank Group for Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
October 12, 2012
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Islamic Republic of Afghanistan: First Review Under the Extended Credit Facility Arrangement, Request for Waiver of Nonobservance of a Performance Criterion,Modification of Performance Criteria, and Rephasing of Disbursements Staff Report;Staff Supplement; Staff Statement; Press Release on the Executive Board Discussion;and Statement by the Executive Director for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
August 20, 2012
Series: Country Report No. 12/245
July 12, 2012
Program Note on the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Regional Economic Outlook: Middle East and Central Asia
The outlook for the Middle East and North Africa region is mixed. Oil-importing countries are witnessing tepid growth, and the moderate recovery expected in 2013 is subject to heightened downside risks. For the Arab countries in transition, ongoing political transitions also weigh on growth. With policy buffers largely eroded, the need for action on macroeconomic stabilization and growth-oriented reforms is becoming increasingly urgent. Countries will need to put in place safety nets to protect the poor and build consensus for some difficult fiscal choices. The region's oil exporters are expected to post solid growth in 2012, in part due to Libya's better-than-expected postwar recovery. In the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, robust growth is supported by expansionary fiscal policies and accommodative monetary conditions.
In the Caucasus and Central Asia, the outlook remains favorable, reflecting high oil prices that are benefiting oil and gas exporters, supportive commodity prices and remittance inflows benefiting oil and gas importers, and, for both groups, moderate direct exposure to Europe. The positive outlook provides an opportunity to strengthen policy buffers to prepare for any downside risks.