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Iraq to Loosen Purse Strings?

By John Lee. A new report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts more government spending in the current year. In its Regional Economic Outlook for the Middle East, the IMF says: “In Iraq, the fiscal stance is expected to loosen somewhat as the receipt of previously delayed donor financing relaxes the cash constraint faced […]

Iraq Plans New Bond Issuance

By Simon Kent. Iraqi Central Bank Governor Ali Al-Alak has said that Iraq is issuing bonds to the value of around $2 billion in the next few months, following last year’s aborted issuance after investors demanded too high a yield. At the time, investors demanded an 11% yield on the bonds, and the issuance was handled […]

Public Debt to Jump to 66% of GDP

By John Lee. According to a report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the fall in oil prices is causing a sharp deterioration of Iraq’s fiscal position. The analysis finds that the budget deficit increased from 6 percent of GDP in 2014 to 15 percent of GDP in 2015 and a projected 10 percent of […]

Foreign Reserves to Fall to $43bn

By John Lee. According to a report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the fall in oil prices since mid-2014 is expected to shift the current account balance from a surplus of 1 percent of GDP in 2014 to a deficit of 7 percent of GDP in 2015 and 6 percent of GDP in 2016. […]