Executive Board
Board Discussions
on Saudi Arabia:

July 18, 2016
July 29, 2015
July 11, 2014
July 8, 2013
July 18, 2011

Article IV Staff Reports

Financial Sector Assessment Program

Projected % Change
   2016  2017
Real GDP 1.2 2.0
Source: World Economic Outlook Update (July 2016)

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Saudi Arabia and the IMF
Updated September 15, 2016

On July 18, 2016, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund concluded the consideration of the 2016 Article IV consultation with Saudi Arabia.

Under Article IV of its Articles of Agreement, the IMF has a mandate to exercise surveillance over the economic, financial and exchange rate policies of its members in order to ensure the effective operation of the international monetary system. The IMF’s appraisal of such policies involves a comprehensive analysis of the general economic situation and policy strategy of each member country. IMF economists visit the member country, usually once a year, to collect and analyze data and hold discussions with government and central bank officials. Upon its return, the staff submits a report to the IMF’s Executive Board for discussion. The Board’s views are subsequently summarized and transmitted to the country authorities.

The Saudi Arabian authorities have consented to the publication of the staff report and it is expected that the report will be posted on this website shortly.

The last Article IV Executive Board Consultation was on July 18, 2016. Listed below are items related to Saudi Arabia, in reverse chronological order (you can also view items by category).

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September 15, 2016 -- Transcript of a Press Briefing with Gerry Rice, Director of the IMF Communications Department and IMF Spokesman
August 05, 2016 -- The Impact of Oil Prices on the Banking System in the GCC
Author/Editor: Padamja Khandelwal | Ken Miyajima | Andre O Santos
Series: Working Paper No. 16/161
July 28, 2016 -- IMF Executive Board Concludes 2016 Article IV Consultation with Saudi Arabia
June 08, 2016 -- Learning to Live with Cheaper Oil : Policy Adjustment in MENA and CCA Oil-Exporting Countries
Author/Editor: Martin Sommer | Allan Auclair | Armand Fouejieu | Inutu Lukonga | Saad Quayyum | Amir Sadeghi | Gazi Shbaikat | Andrew Tiffin | Bruno Versailles
Series: Middle East and Central Asia Departmental Paper No. 16/3
May 20, 2016 -- Macroprudential Policy and Financial Stability in the Arab Region
Author/Editor: Ananthakrishnan Prasad | Heba Abdel Monem | Pilar Garcia Martinez
Series: Working Paper No. 16/98
May 19, 2016 -- Press Release: IMF Staff Completes 2016 Article IV Mission to Saudi Arabia
April 29, 2016 -- Economic Diversification in Oil-Exporting Arab Countries
Subject: Oil exporting countries | Economic conditions | Oil prices | Oil revenues | Nonoil sector | Private sector | Public sector | Employment | Population | Labor market reforms
February 12, 2016 -- An Empirical Investigation of Oil-Macro-Financial Linkages in Saudi Arabia
Author/Editor: Ken Miyajima
Series: Working Paper No. 16/22
December 10, 2015 -- Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)—Energy Price Reforms in the GCC—What Can Be Learned From International Experiences?
Subject: Energy prices | Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf | Oil prices | Natural gas | Electric power | Pricing reforms | Fiscal reforms | Cross country analysis
December 10, 2015 -- Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)—Oil Prices, Financial Stability, and the Use of Countercyclical Macroprudential Policies in the GCC
Subject: Oil prices | Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf | Business cycles | External shocks | Banking sector | Liquidity | Macroprudential policy | Financial stability | Cross country analysis
December 10, 2015 -- Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)—Tax Policy Reforms in the GCC Countries - Now and How?
Subject: Tax reforms | Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf | Tax policy | Value added tax | Tax revenues | Tax system reviews | Cross country analysis
November 09, 2015 -- Press Release: Statement by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde at the Conclusion of her Visit to Saudi Arabia
November 09, 2015 -- Monetary Operations and Islamic Banking in the GCC : Challenges and Options
Author/Editor: Ritu Basu | Ananthakrishnan Prasad | Sergio L. Rodriguez
Series: Working Paper No. 15/234
October 15, 2015 -- Saudi Arabia: Selected Issues
Series: Country Report No. 15/286
Notes: Also available in Arabic
September 29, 2015 -- How Does Bank Competition Affect Solvency, Liquidity and Credit Risk? Evidence from the MENA Countries
Author/Editor: Raja Almarzoqi | Sami Ben Naceur | Alessandro Scopelliti
Series: Working Paper No. 15/210
September 11, 2015 -- Transcript of a Conference Call on the Conclusion of the Article IV Consultations for Saudi Arabia
September 09, 2015 -- Saudi Arabia: 2015 Article IV Consultation - Press Release; Staff Report; and Informational Annexl
Series: Country Report No. 15/251
Notes: Also Available in Arabic
September 02, 2015 -- Fair Taxation in the Middle East and North Africa
Author/Editor: Mario Mansour | Pritha Mitra | Carlo A. Sdralevich | Andrew Jewell
Series: Staff Discussion Notes No. 15/16
Notes: Arabic; French
August 18, 2015 -- Comparing the Employment-Output Elasticities of Expatriates and Nationals in the Gulf Cooperation Council
Author/Editor: Alberto Behar
Series: Working Paper No. 15/191
August 17, 2015 -- Press Release: IMF Executive Board Concludes 2015 Article IV Consultation with Saudi Arabia

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