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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.

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 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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IMF and World Bank Announce US$1.6 Billion in Debt Relief to Afghanistan

The World Bank's International Development Association (IDA) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have agreed to support US$1.6 billion in debt relief for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. click for more

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Afghanistan and the IMF

IMF Program Note on the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

April 8, 2014
Program Note on the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan click for more

Transcript of a Press Briefing by William Murray, Deputy Spokesman, Communications Department, International Monetary Fund

January 23, 2014

IMF Survey : In Memoriam: A Tribute to Wabel Abdallah, 1953-2014

January 22, 2014
Wabel Abdallah, the IMF’s Resident Representative in Afghanistan, was killed on Friday, January 17. Wabel, 60 years old, died in an attack at a restaurant in Kabul—the first time that the Fund has lost a staff member in this way. click for more

Transcript: World Economic Outlook Update Conference Call

January 21, 2014

Statement by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on the IMF’s Resident Representative in Afghanistan

January 17, 2014

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Regional Economic Outlook: Middle East and Central Asia

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The near-term economic outlook for the Middle East and North Africa region has weakened. In the oil-importing countries, many of which are Arab countries in transition, regional conflict, heightened political tensions, and delays in reforms continue to weigh on growth. In this context, the immediate policy priorities are to restore confidence and create jobs, make inroads into fiscal consolidation to restore debt sustainability and rebuild buffers, and embark on structural reforms needed to support private sector-led, job-intensive growth. Most oil-exporting countries continue to enjoy steady growth in the non-oil sector, supported in part by high levels of public spending. Although headline growth has declined because of domestic oil supply disruptions and lower global demand, a recovery in oil production is expected to lift growth next year. Increased vulnerability to a sustained decline in oil prices and intergenerational equity considerations underscore the need for countries to strengthen their fiscal buffers. Key medium-term challenges remain economic diversification and faster private-sector job-creation for nationals.

Economic activity in the Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) is expected to continue expanding rapidly, with the CCA remaining among the fastest-growing regions in the world. Growth will be driven by a recovery in the hydrocarbon sector and firm growth in domestic demand, supported in part by stable remittance inflows. Considerable downside risks weigh on this outlook, however, stemming in particular from slower-than-expected growth in Russia, an important trading partner and source of remittance inflows. CCA economies should take advantage of the favorable near-term economic conditions to rebuild fiscal policy buffers that were eroded after the global crisis. In some cases, more exchange rate flexibility would help increase resilience to unanticipated shocks while supporting competitiveness. The positive near-term outlook is also an opportunity to strengthen policy frameworks and set in motion a process of structural transformation into dynamic emerging economies. Click for more

Resident Representative for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Read Lagarde's statement on Wabel Abdallah's tragic death

K. Wabel Abdallah K. Wabel Abdallah (1953-2014)
Resident Representative Office
Da Afghanistan Bank
Ibn Sina Watt
Kabul, Afghanistan