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Mideast Sees Fragile Recovery Amid Conflicts and Transitions

The Middle East and North Africa region continues to experience lackluster growth for the fourth year in a row, the IMF said in its latest regional assessment.

Natural Gas: The New Gold

Three major developments of the past few years have thrust natural gas into the spotlight: the U.S. shale gas revolution, the Fukushima disaster in Japan, and geopolitical tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

IMF and Kuwait Officially Open Mideast Training Center

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and Kuwait’s Minister of Finance Anas Al-Saleh officially inaugurated the IMF Middle East Center for Economics and Finance (CEF) in Kuwait following an endorsement from the parliament.

Panel Debates Moves to Spur Growth, Create Jobs

Public infrastructure investment can boost both short-term and long-term growth in countries across the development spectrum, provided that the investment raises the economy’s productive capacity, participants agreed at a conference.

Affected Countries Working on Post-Ebola Recovery Plan

The three countries worst hit by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa are working on a post-Ebola recovery plan, Sierra Leone Finance Minister Kaifala Marah tells a Washington news conference, adding that the outbreak has reversed years of economic progress in Sierra Leone.
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