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
Statement by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on the IMF’s Resident Representative in Afghanistan
Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), made the following statement today on the death of Mr. Wabel Abdallah, the IMF’s Resident Representative in Afghanistan
Communiqué of “Afghanistan: The London Conference” Afghan Leadership, Regional Cooperation, International Partnership
Afghanistan and the IMF
Press Release: IMF’s Middle East Regional Technical Assistance Center Concludes Study Tour on VAT Implementation for the Afghanistan Revenue Department
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan: 2014 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement by the Executive Director for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
May 21, 2014
Series: Country Report No. 14/128
Press Release: IMF Executive Board Concludes Article IV Consultation with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Regional Economic Outlook Update: Middle East & Central Asia
Economic developments in the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan, and Pakistan (MENAP) continue to reflect the diversity of conditions prevailing across the region. Most high-income oil exporters, primarily in the GCC, continue to record steady growth and solid economic and financial fundamentals, albeit with medium-term challenges that need to be addressed. In contrast, other countries—Iraq, Libya, Syria—are mired in conflicts with not just humanitarian but also economic consequences. And yet other countries, mostly oil importers, are making continued but uneven progress in advancing their economic agenda, often in tandem with political transitions and amidst difficult social conditions. In most of these countries, without extensive economic and structural reforms, economic prospects for the medium term remain insufficient to reduce high unemployment and improve living standards.
Economic activity in the Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) region is weakening, mainly because of the near-term slowdown and rising regional tensions affecting Russia, a key trading partner and sources of remittance and investment inflows, as well as weaker domestic demand in a number of CCA countries. Near-term risks are to the downside and tied to the fortunes of large trading partners. Policies need to focus on bolstering economic stability and, where needed, short-term support to ailing economic growth. In addition, a new model for high, sustained, diversified, and inclusive growth is needed to set the direction for economic policies for the next decade.