Qatar : 2019 Article IV Consultation-Press Release; Staff Report

Author/Editor:

International Monetary Fund. Middle East and Central Asia Dept.

Publication Date:

June 3, 2019

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Context: Availability of buffers has enabled Qatar to successfully absorb the adverse shocks from the 2014–16 decline in oil prices and the 2017 diplomatic rift. The policy priorities are fiscal consolidation, strengthened fiscal policy frameworks, enhanced resiliency of the financial sector, financial inclusion, and a diversified economy. Outlook and risks: Stronger real GDP growth is envisaged in the near term, with a recovery in hydrocarbon output. Medium-term growth will be buoyed by increased gas production and non-hydrocarbon growth. Expenditure consolidation would help to sustain fiscal and external surpluses. Ample liquidity will enable credit growth to support non-hydrocarbon GDP. Trade and geopolitical tensions could undermine investor confidence and weaken fiscal and external positions. Qatar is well placed to contain the adverse macro-financial implications of downside risks in view of considerable buffers.

Series:

Country Report No. 19/146

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

June 3, 2019

ISBN/ISSN:

9781498317801/1934-7685

Stock No:

1QATEA2019001

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

60

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