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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.

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IMF Survey: Economic Gains Prepare Afghanistan for Transition Year

With the presidential elections and the drawdown of foreign troops under way, Afghanistan faces a year of transition. click for more

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 click for more

Mideast Countries See Opportunity Amid Unrest

The IMF’s Regional Economic Outlook for the Middle East and Central Asia, released April 27, projects growth in the Middle East and North Africa region at 3.9 percent in 2011, unchanged from 2010. click for more

Communiqué of “Afghanistan: The London Conference” Afghan Leadership, Regional Cooperation, International Partnership

London, January 28, 2010 click for more

اعلامیه رسمی " افغانستان: کنفرانس لندن"

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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

September 12, 2014

Transcript of a Conference Call on Afghanistan Article IV Consultation

May 22, 2014

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 click for more

Press Release: IMF Executive Board Concludes Article IV Consultation with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

May 21, 2014

IMF Survey : Economic Gains Prepare Afghanistan for Transition Year

May 21, 2014
With the presidential elections and the drawdown of foreign troops under way, Afghanistan faces a year of transition amid a good overall economic performance. In an interview, IMF mission chief to Afghanistan Paul Ross reviews the progress of the country. click for more

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Regional Economic Outlook Update: Middle East & Central Asia

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Growth has been tepid across the Middle East and North Africa, Afghanistan, and Pakistan (MENAP) region. In 2013, declines in oil production held back growth in the oil-exporting countries. Weak private investment, amid political transitions and conflict, continued to take a toll on economic activity in the oil-importing countries. Growth is expected to strengthen this year in line with an improved global outlook. However, weak confidence and, in some cases, large public deficits will continue to weigh on the region's economic prospects. Deeper economic transformations are necessary to ensure robust and inclusive growth and creation of enough jobs for the rapidly-growing labor force.

Economic growth in the Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) is expected to decline from 6.5 percent in 2013 to 6 percent in 2014, mainly because of weakening growth momentum in emerging market trading partners (particularly, China, Russia, and Turkey) and a temporary decline in oil output growth in Kazakhstan. Risks remain tilted to the downside. In particular, a slowdown in emerging market trading partners may weaken exports, foreign direct investment, and remittances. Policy priorities center on rebuilding buffers and increasing exchange rate flexibility to help adjust to unanticipated shocks. Stronger macroeconomic frameworks would provide a more credible anchor to economies. Rapid credit growth in some countries calls for strengthening the prudential policies to ensure the continued soundness of financial institutions. Structural reforms to improve the business environment and governance, as well as closer regional cooperation, would enable CCA countries to achieve their goal of becoming dynamic emerging market economies. Click for more