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)

Saudi Arabia: Financial Position in the Fund

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Saudi Arabia and the IMF
Updated August 17, 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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February 06, 2009 -- IMF Survey: Stimulus Measures Bolstering Demand Amid Crisis, IMF Says
Most of the world's leading advanced and emerging market economies have adopted stimulus measures to counter the growing financial and economic crisis, according to an analysis by the IMF that estimates the collective impact on growth of around ½ -1¼ percentage points.
September 30, 2008 -- IMF Survey:
Antoinette Sayeh interview, IMF clarifies surveillance process, Georgia loan, Olivier Blanchard interview, Africa's financial sector, EMU slowdown, EU transfers, sovereign wealth fund principles, United Kingdom outlook, Uruguay's financial issues, Saudi Arabia's oil bonanza, news briefs. PDF File Size: 681Kb
August 12, 2008 -- Public Information Notice: IMF Executive Board Concludes 2008 Article IV Consultation with Saudi Arabia
Each Public Information Notice contains a background section, a table of selected economic indicators, and an Executive Board assessment.
August 01, 2008 -- Understanding the Inflationary Process in the GCC Region: The Case of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait
Author/Editor: Hasan, Maher | Alogeel, Hesham
Series: Working Paper No. 08/193
June 19, 2008 -- Transcript of a Press Briefing by David Hawley, Senior Advisor, External Relations Department, IMF
March 04, 2008 -- Press Release: Saudi Arabia Begins Participation in the IMF's General Data Dissemination System
November 19, 2007 -- Financial Market Turbulence and Global Imbalances, Remarks at Conference on European Economic Integration, Austrian National Bank, by John Lipsky, First Deputy Managing Director, IMF
October 23, 2007 -- Public Information Notice: IMF Executive Board Concludes 2007 Article IV Consultation with Saudi Arabia
Each Public Information Notice contains a background section, a table of selected economic indicators, and an Executive Board assessment.
October 22, 2007 -- Statement by the Hon. Ibrahim A. Al-Assaf, Governor of the World Bank and the IMF for Saudi Arabia, at the Joint Annual Discussion
PDF File Size: 16Kb
June 29, 2007 -- Staff Report on the Multilateral Consultation on Global Imbalances with China, the Euro Area, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States
Subject: Article IV Consultations | Multilateral consultations | China | Japan | Saudi Arabia | United States | Euro Area | Exchange rate policy surveillance
May 31, 2007 -- The Multilateral Approach to Global Imbalances, Remarks by John Lipsky at the Brussels Economic Forum 2007, May 31, 2007
May 15, 2007 -- Consultation to Reduce Global Imbalance, Commentary by Rodrigo de Rato, Managing Director, IMF
:Published in Le Monde
April 18, 2007 -- Issues Brief - The Multilateral Consulation on Global Imbalances
Multilateral consultations provide a new forum for discussion among members of the international community who share an interest in crucial economic issues. The consultations enable the IMF and its members to agree upon policy actions to address vulnerabilities that affect individual members and the global financial system. They will help policymakers to show that the measures they propose will be matched by measures taken by others, with benefits to all. The first multilateral consultation was launched in 2006 in order to address the issue of global payments imbalances with the IMF being entrusted to facilitate discussion and cooperation among senior policymakers.
April 14, 2007 -- Press Release: IMF's International Monetary and Financial Committee Reviews Multilateral Consultation
November 04, 2006 -- Press Release: IMF Managing Director Rodrigo de Rato Welcomes the Large Investment Programs in the GCC Countries and Highlights the Importance of Planned Monetary Union
October 30, 2006 -- IMF Survey:
Murilo Portugal, Agustin Carstens, Kyrgyz Republic, HIPC, central Asia, Indonesian debt, Saudi Arabian economy, Peter Kenen, European Central Bank, ECB, Danish economy, flexicurity,Burundi's economy, aid volatility, Indian and China, Doing Business. PDF File Size: 957Kb
September 27, 2006 -- Public Information Notice: IMF Executive Board Concludes 2006 Article IV Consultation with Saudi Arabia
Each Public Information Notice contains a background section, a table of selected economic indicators, and an Executive Board assessment.
June 05, 2006 -- Saudi Arabia: Financial System Stability Assessment, including Reports on the Observance of Standards and Codes on the following topics, Monetary and Financial Policy Transparency, Banking Supervision, and Payment Systems
Series: Country Report No. 06/199
April 22, 2006 -- Transcript of a Press Conference by UK Chancellor and International Monetary and Financial Committee Chairman Gordon Brown and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Rodrigo de Rato
February 01, 2006 -- Providing Official Statistics for the Common Market and Monetary Union in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Countries: A Case for "Gulfstat"
Author/Editor: Al-Mansouri, Abdulrahman K. L. | Dziobek, Claudia Helene
Series: Working Paper No. 06/38

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