Executive Board
Board Discussions
on Saudi Arabia:

July 29, 2015
July 11, 2014
July 8, 2013
July 18, 2011
July 12, 2010

Article IV Staff Reports

Financial Sector Assessment Program

Projected % Change
   2015  2016
Real GDP 3.4 2.2
Consumer Prices 2.1 2.3
Source: World Economic Outlook (October 2015)
Please refer to more recent Press Release/Staff reports on this country for possible revisions.

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Saudi Arabia and the IMF
Updated September 29, 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 29, 2015 -- New How Does Bank Competition Affect Solvency, Liquidity and Credit Risk? Evidence from the MENA Countries
Author/Editor: Raja Almarzoqi | Sami Ben Naceur | Alessandro Scopelliti
Series: Working Paper No. 15/210
September 11, 2015 -- Transcript of a Conference Call on the Conclusion of the Article IV Consultations for Saudi Arabia
September 09, 2015 -- Saudi Arabia: 2015 Article IV Consultation - Press Release; Staff Report; and Informational Annexl
Series: Country Report No. 15/251
Notes: Also Available in Arabic
September 02, 2015 -- Fair Taxation in the Middle East and North Africa
Author/Editor: Mario Mansour | Pritha Mitra | Carlo A. Sdralevich | Andrew Jewell
Series: Staff Discussion Notes No. 15/16
Notes: Arabic; French
August 18, 2015 -- Comparing the Employment-Output Elasticities of Expatriates and Nationals in the Gulf Cooperation Council
Author/Editor: Alberto Behar
Series: Working Paper No. 15/191
August 17, 2015 -- Press Release: IMF Executive Board Concludes 2015 Article IV Consultation with Saudi Arabia
June 29, 2015 -- 2015 External Sector Report - Individual Economy Assessments
Subject: External sector | Current account | Capital account | Capital flows | Real effective exchange rates | Foreign exchange | Intervention | Developed countries | Emerging markets | Cross country analysis | External Sector Report
June 01, 2015 -- Press Release: IMF Staff Completes 2015 Article IV Mission to Saudi Arabia
May 05, 2015 -- Tax Policy in MENA Countries : Looking Back and Forward
Author/Editor: Mario Mansour
Series: Working Paper No. 15/98
March 18, 2015 -- Saudi Arabia : Tackling Emerging Economic Challenges to Sustain Growth
Author/Editor: Ahmed Al-Darwish | Naif Alghaith | Alberto Behar | Tim Callen | Pragyan Deb | Amgad Hegazy | Padamja Khandelwal | Malika Pant | Haonan Qu
Series: Middle East and Central Asia Departmental Paper 15/1
Notes: Full text also available in Arabic.
January 23, 2015 -- Press Release: Statement by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on the Death of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz
January 20, 2015 -- Transcript of a Press Briefing on the World Economic Outlook (WEO) Update
December 23, 2014 -- Economic Diversification in the GCC: Past, Present, and Future
Author/Editor: Tim Callen | Reda Cherif | Fuad Hasanov | Amgad Hegazy | Padamja Khandelwal
Series: Staff Discussion Notes No. 14/12
December 22, 2014 -- Assessing Concentration Risks in GCC Banks; Annual Meeting of Ministers of Finance and Central Bank Governors; Kuwait City, Kuwait; IMF Policy Paper ; October 25, 2014
December 22, 2014 -- Labor Market Reforms to Boost Employment and Productivity in the GCC—An Update
December 12, 2014 -- Transcript of a Press Briefing by William Murray, Deputy Spokesman, Communications Department, International Monetary Fund
November 17, 2014 -- IMF Survey : More Efficient Public Investment a Mideast, Central Asia Priority
Improving the efficiency of public infrastructure investment across many oil exporters in the Middle East and North Africa and the Caucasus and Central Asia is now more important than ever, a new IMF study says.
November 12, 2014 -- Making the Most of Public Investment in MENA and CCA Oil-Exporting Countries
September 24, 2014 -- Soaring of the Gulf Falcons: Diversification in the GCC Oil Exporters in Seven Propositions
Author/Editor: Reda Cherif | Fuad Hasanov
Series: Working Paper No. 14/177
September 23, 2014 -- Saudi Arabia: 2014 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Press Release
Series: Country Report No. 14/292
Notes: Also Available in Arabic

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