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Afghanistan Resident Representative Site

Resident Representative Office in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

This web page provides information on the activities of the Office, views of the IMF staff, and the relations between Afghanistan and the IMF. Additional information can be found on Afghanistan and IMF country page, including official IMF reports and Executive Board documents in English that deal with Afghanistan.

News — Highlights


IMF Survey: Economic Gains Prepare Afghanistan for Transition Year

With the presidential elections and the drawdown of foreign troops under way, Afghanistan faces a year of transition. click for more

Statement by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on the IMF’s Resident Representative in Afghanistan

Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), made the following statement today on the death of Mr. Wabel Abdallah, the IMF’s Resident Representative in Afghanistan click for more

Mideast Countries See Opportunity Amid Unrest

The IMF’s Regional Economic Outlook for the Middle East and Central Asia, released April 27, projects growth in the Middle East and North Africa region at 3.9 percent in 2011, unchanged from 2010. click for more

Communiqué of “Afghanistan: The London Conference” Afghan Leadership, Regional Cooperation, International Partnership

London, January 28, 2010 click for more

اعلامیه رسمی " افغانستان: کنفرانس لندن"

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Afghanistan and the IMF

IMF Program Note on the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

April 11, 2016
Program Note on the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan click for more

Press Release: IMF Staff Completes Mission for a Staff-Monitored Program to Afghanistan

March 15, 2016

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan: Ex Post Assessment of Longer-Term Program Engagement

February 11, 2016
Series: Country Report No. 16/23 click for more

Press Release:IMF Executive Board Concludes 2015 Article IV Consultation with Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

December 1, 2015

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan: 2015 Article IV Consultation and First Review Under the Staff-Monitored Program-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Direct for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

December 1, 2015
Series: Country Report No. 15/324 click for more

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Regional Economic Outlook Update: Middle East & Central Asia

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Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan, and Pakistan: Oil, Conflicts, and Transitions

A modest recovery is expected to continue in the MENAP despite a slump in oil prices, raging regional conflicts, and lingering uncertainty of the post-Arab Spring transitions.

  • Despite a sharp decline in oil prices, growth in the oil-exporting countries is projected to remain steady at 2.4 percent in 2015, with inflation subdued. Faced with large oil revenue losses, most countries are expected to use accumulated financial buffers and available financing to cushion some of the impact on growth while gradually slowing their fiscal spending, so that they can share the now reduced oil wealth equitably with future generations and rebuild buffers for dealing with oil price volatility. Specific policy announcements would help reduce uncertainty about how medium-term fiscal consolidation plans will be carried out.
  • In the oil-importing countries, growth is expected to strengthen from 3 percent in 2014 to 4 percent in 2015, supported by a gradual recovery in the euro area, improved domestic confidence, and more accommodative fiscal and monetary policies. Lower oil prices are helping, though their impact on near-term growth has been moderated in many countries by incomplete pass-through to retail fuel prices. Consequently, the benefits are mainly in the form of improved fiscal/quasi-fiscal positions and external vulnerabilities rather than stronger growth. Solidifying recent subsidy reforms will help lock in the gains, which can help reduce fiscal and external vulnerabilities where needed and, in other countries, make space for increased growth-enhancing spending.

Although rising, economic growth rates remain too low to make a dent into high unemployment across the region, especially among the youth. Raising economic prospects in a sustainable and inclusive manner suggests the need for multifaceted structural reforms.

Resident Representative for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Read Lagarde's statement on Wabel Abdallah's tragic death

K. Wabel Abdallah K. Wabel Abdallah (1953-2014)
Resident Representative Office
Da Afghanistan Bank
Ibn Sina Watt
Kabul, Afghanistan