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IMF Revises Down GDP Forecast

By John Lee. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revised down its forecast GDP growth for Iraq from 0.5 per cent to a contraction of 3.1 per cent this year, due to the oil production cuts agreed within OPEC. Forecasts for 2018 and 2019 are 2.6 percent and 1.6 percent growth respectively. Consumer price inflation […]

IMF Expects 10.6% Growth in 2016

By John Lee. According to a report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the external outlook for Iraq has worsened since the latest Article IV consultation assessment (May-June), mainly owing to a further weakening of global oil prices. The analysis finds: “Lower capital spending on the back of falling oil revenue is expected to contract […]

KRI Growth Slows to Under 1%

By John Lee. The General Manager of the Projects Department in the Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Planning, Zagros Fattah, has said that economic growth in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq is expected to be less than 1 percent this year. This follows growth of 8 percent in 2013 and just under 5 percent in 2014. […]

Iraq Economy to Shrink by Less than Expected

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has issued its findings following a recent visit to Iraq. End-of-Mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country. The views expressed in this statement are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the […]

Iraq On Verge Of Economic Collapse?

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. A Bigger Threat Than The Extremists: Iraq On Verge Of Economic Collapse? The high cost of fighting the extremist Islamic State group, the worldwide decrease in oil prices, corruption and […]

Iraqi Economy to Shrink in 2014

By John Lee. A new report from the International Monetary Fund says that Iraq’s economy is expected to shrink by 2.7 percent this year as a result of the security crisis in the country. This follows a 4.2 percent growth in GDP in 2013 and 10.3 percent the previous year, and would be the first […]

GDP to Shrink this year, then Recover

By John Lee. A new report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has forecast that the Iraqi economy will contract this year due to continuing war against the Islamic State. In its October World Economic Outlook, it says that Iraq’s gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to shrink by 2.66 percent this year, down from […]

CBI Expects 9% Growth, Reserves of $105-$110bn

By John Lee. The Acting Central Bank Governor, Abdul-Basit Turki, has told Reuters that Iraq’s economy should grow 9 percent this year, as it increases its oil production. He also predicted international currency reserves of between $105 billion and $110 billion by the end of this year. Central Bank predictions for last year were for […]

Double-Digit Growth Forecast for Iraq

While much of the developed world struggles to drag itself out of recession, Iraq managed to register real GDP growth of 9.9% last year, according to IMF estimates. Their projection for this year is 11.1 percent, followed by 13.5 percent next year, giving compounded growth over the three years of nearly 40%. Iraq may have […]

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