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IMF reaches Agreement on Stand-By Arrangement with Iraq

IMF Team Reaches Staff-Level Agreement on Second Review of Stand-By Arrangement with Iraq The Iraqi authorities and an International Monetary Fund (IMF) team reached a staff-level agreement on the second review of the Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) that was approved by the IMF Executive Board on July 7, 2016 (See Press Release No. 16/321). The SBA […]

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 […]

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 Reviews Progress in Iraq

The Iraqi authorities and the staff of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) held discussions in Baku, Azerbaijan from January 15–19, 2017 ahead of the second review of Iraq’s 36-month Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) that the IMF Executive Board approved on July 7, 2016 ( See Press Release No. 16/321). The first review under the SBA was […]

Baroness Nicholson – Opening Speech at IBBC Conference

Baroness Nicholson – Opening Speech for the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) Conference on December 18th in Dubai: Welcome to Dubai. IBBC has been aware for many years of the important role that the UAE plays as a regional hub for business and trade through the MENA region and in particular as a regional base […]

IMF Releases Another $618m Loan to Iraq

IMF disburses about US$617.8 million following completion of first review of Iraq’s reform program The IMF-supported program includes measures to protect the poor, enhance financial sector stability, and curb corruption Significantly improving public financial management will be important The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has completed the first review of Iraq’s three-year […]

IMF Reviews Progress in Iraq

The Iraqi authorities and the staff of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) continued discussions in Washington during October 6–10, 2016 on the first review of Iraq’s 36-month Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) approved by the IMF Executive Board on July 7, 2016. Mr. Christian Josz, Mission Chief for Iraq, issued the following statement: “The Iraqi authorities have […]

Zebari Dismissed – What now for IMF Loan?

By Omar Sattarfor Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. What’s the status of IMF loan as Iraq dismisses finance minister? Prior to his dismissal Sept. 21, Iraqi Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari ran successful negotiations with international banks to obtain […]

IMF Reaffirms Iraq Commitment after Zebari Ouster

By John Lee. Following the dismissal of Iraqi Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said it remains committed to working with Iraq on implementing a $5.34 billion loan. Bloomberg quotes IMF mission chief Christian Josz as saying that the Stand-by Arrangement (SBA) was approved in July, “and we are committed to […]

IMF starts first review of $5.3bn Assistance Package

The Iraqi authorities and the staff of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) held discussions in Amman from August 28–September 10, 2016 on the first review of Iraq’s 36-month $5.3-billion Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) approved by the IMF Executive Board on July 7, 2016. Mr. Christian Josz, Mission Chief for Iraq, issued the following statement: “The Iraqi […]