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Saudi Arabia and the IMF
Updated August 28, 2015

On July 29, 2015, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund concluded the consideration of the 2015 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 29, 2015. Listed below are items related to Saudi Arabia, in reverse chronological order (you can also view items by category).

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September 18, 2012 -- Saudi Arabia : Selected Issues
Series: Country Report No. 12/272
Notes: Also Available in Arabic
September 18, 2012 -- IMF Survey: Strong Saudi Economy Gives Fillip to Region, Advances Social Agenda
The outlook for the Saudi economy, which grew at 7.1 percent last year, remains buoyant, the IMF said in its annual economic review. The oil sector continues to dominate the economy, but strengthened budgetary institutions have reduced the linkage between the oil price and the level of fiscal spending, and progress has been made on diversifying the economy.
August 07, 2012 -- Public Information Notice: IMF Executive Board Concludes the 2012 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.
May 29, 2012 -- Press Release: Statement at the Conclusion of the 2012 Article IV Consultation Mission to Saudi Arabia
May 24, 2012 -- Arab Oil Importers Under Strain, A Commentary by Masood Ahmed, Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, International Monetary Fund
May 01, 2012 -- Monetary Policy Transmission in the GCC Countries
Author/Editor: Ananthakrishnan Prasad | Raphael A. Espinoza
Series: Working Paper No. 12/132
April 20, 2012 -- IMF Survey: Mideast Oil Importers Under Strain, Oil Exporters Faring Well
The Middle East and North Africa region is going through a period of dramatic change. In the "Arab Spring" countries, political transition, pressing social demands, and an adverse external environment have combined to increase the near-term risks to macroeconomic stability, the IMF said in its latest assessment.
April 18, 2012 -- Saudi Arabia: Financial System Stability Assessment - Update
Series: Country Report No. 12/92
April 18, 2012 -- Saudi Arabia: Reports on the Observance of Standards and Codes
Series: Country Report No. 12/93
March 16, 2012 -- Enhancing Surveillance - Interconnectedness and Clusters - Background Paper
Subject: Surveillance | Saudi Arabia | Asia | Business cycles | Economic integration | Trade integration | Oil prices | Oil revenues | Fiscal policy | Monetary policy | Background papers
February 04, 2012 -- Press Release: Statement by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde at the Conclusion of her Visit to Saudi Arabia
September 21, 2011 -- Saudi Arabia : 2011 Article IV Consultation: Staff Report; Public Information Notice on the Executive Board Discussion
Series: Country Report No. 11/292
Notes: Also Available in Arabic
September 21, 2011 -- IMF Survey: Saudi Arabia Addressing Jobs, Housing as Economy Rebounds
Higher oil prices—together with strong support from public spending—have helped Saudi Arabia's economy rebound strongly from the global economic crisis.
August 23, 2011 -- Public Information Notice: IMF Executive Board Concludes 2011 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.
May 31, 2011 -- Statement at the Conclusion of the 2011 Article IV Consultation Mission to Saudi Arabia
May 19, 2011 -- Middle East and North Africa: Protecting Social Cohesion and Economic Stability, A Commentary by Masood Ahmed, Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, International Monetary Fund
March 17, 2011 -- Transcript of a Press Briefing by Caroline Atkinson, Director, External Relations Department, International Monetary Fund
March 01, 2011 -- How Strong Are Fiscal Multipliers in the GCC? An Empirical Investigation
Author/Editor: Raphael A. Espinoza | Abdelhak S. Senhadji
Series: Working Paper No. 11/61
January 11, 2011 -- Sluggish Credit Growth in the Gulf: Cause for Concern? by Masood Ahmed, Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department
November 01, 2010 -- Determinants of the Foreign Exchange Risk Premium in Gulf Cooperation Council Countries
Author/Editor: Poghosyan, Tigran
Series: Working Paper No. 10/255

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