Middle East and Central Asia

Middle East and Central Asia Regional Economic Outlook

September 2006

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The report provides a broad synopsis of recent economic developments and prospects in the countries covered by the IMF's Middle East and Central Asia Department.

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Recent Macroeconomic Developments and Prospects
  Recent Economic Developments
  Economic Outlook
  World economic outlook
  Outlook for the region
  Policy Issues
  1. Remittances in the Caucasus and Central Asia
  2. Lebanon—The Economic Consequences of the Conflict
  3. Iraq—Some Progress Despite the Challenges
  4. How is Oil Revenue Being Used?
  5. Oil and Gas Production and Planned Investments in MCD Countries
  6. Regional Cooperation in the Maghreb
  Text Figures
  1. Global Real GDP Growth
  2. Real GDP Growth in MCD
  3. External Current Account Balance
  4. Non-Oil Commodity Prices
  5. Gross Official Reserves
  6. Central Government Fiscal Balance
  7. Total Government Debt
  8. Counterparts to Money Supply
  9. Credit to the Private Sector
  10. Consumer Prices
  11. Nominal Effective Exchange Rates
  12. Real Effective Exchange Rates
  13. Selected Stock Market Indices
  14. WEO Global Assumptions
Statistical Appendix
  Data and Conventions
  1. Real GDP Growth
  2. Real Oil and Non-Oil GDP Growth for Oil Exporters
  3. Nominal Gross Domestic Product
  4. Consumer Price Index
  5. Broad Money
  6. Central Government Fiscal Balance
  7. Central Government Total Revenue Excluding Grants
  8. Central Government Non-Oil Fiscal Balance
  9. Central Government Non-Oil Revenue
  10. Central Government Total Expenditure and Net Lending
  11. Central Government Wages and Salaries
  12. Total Government Debt
  13. Export of Goods and Services Growth
  14. Import of Goods and Services Growth
  15. Current Account Balance (in billions of U.S. dollars)
  16. Current Account Balance (in percent of GDP)
  17. Terms of Trade
  18. Nominal Effective Exchange Rates
  19. Real Effective Exchange Rates
  20. Gross Official Reserves
  21. Total Gross External Debt