Tag Archives | International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Iraq "in Talks" with IMF for $6bn Loan

By John Lee. Iraq is reportedly in discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to secure a $6 billion loan to help its finances. Finance Minister Ali Allawi (pictured) told Bloomberg that Iraq can apply for $2 billion in quick financing from a special mechanism to help Covid-battered economies, followed by an additional $4 million.. […]

IMF Recommendations on Iraq

From the International Monetary Fund (IMF): IMF Staff Completes 2020 Article IV Mission with 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 […]

Covid-19: Iraq asks IMF for Debt Deferment

From Middle East Monitor, under a Creative Commons licence. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq asks IMF for debt deferment due to coronavirus crisis The economic and finance adviser to Iraq's Prime Minister has revealed that talks are taking place […]

IMF Predicts Strong Recovery for Iraq in 2021

By John Lee. In its latest World Economic Outlook (WEO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has forecast a sharp slowdown in Iraq's economy this year, followed be a strong recovery in 2021. It says: "The COVID-19 pandemic is inflicting high and rising human costs worldwide, and the necessary protection measures are severely impacting economic activity. […]

Serious Questions on the Appreciation of Iraqi Dinar

The Iraqi Economists Network (IEN) has just published a new report from our Expert Blogger Dr Amer K. Hirmis: Mudher M. Saleh’s testimony re: the appreciation of Iraqi Dinar in 2006-8, raises serious questions? The purpose of this note is to shed light, and comment, on two views expressed recently in relation to the appreciation […]

IMF Concludes Consultation with Iraq

On July 19, 2019, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation [1] with Iraq. An improved security situation and the recovery in oil prices have improved near-term vulnerabilities. Large fiscal and current account surpluses—around 8 and 6 percent of GDP, respectively—were recorded in 2018, allowing the government to […]

IMF: Non-Oil Growth to Increase to 5.4%

IMF Staff Completes 2019 Article IV Mission on Iraq An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Gavin Gray visited Amman from April 26 to May 2, to hold discussions with the Iraqi authorities in the context of the 2019 Article IV Consultation. At the end of the visit, Mr. Gray made the following statement: […]

Iraq's 2019 Budget busts IMF Deal

By Salam Zidane for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqi President Barham Salih (pictured) approved the controversial 2019 budget on Feb. 4. The budget passed the parliament Jan. 23 after long debates over allocations for the Kurdistan Region and southern […]

Iraq Increases Taxes amid Public Discontent

By Salam Zidane for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  The Iraqi government sent to parliament a revised version of the 2018 budget bill for the fourth time Feb. 11. The budget proposal includes a new 10% tax on sales at commercial centers, restaurants and […]

"It’s Not the Donations, Stupid": Key Points from Kuwait Conference

By Ahmed Tabaqchali (pictured), CIO of Asia Frontier Capital (AFC) Iraq Fund. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. ‘It’s Not the Donations, Stupid’: Key Points from the Kuwait Conference With a few exceptions, the coverage of the “Kuwait International Conference for the […]