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IMF: Iraq Real GDP Growth of 10% in 2022

The economy is recovering well amid high oil prices, with real GDP projected to reach its pre-pandemic level this year. Cushioning the impact of surging food prices on the most vulnerable is the most urgent priority. Using the current favorable oil market conditions to accelerate structural reforms and advance socio-economic priorities will be key to […]

IMF: Iraq's Non-Oil Real GDP expected to Rebound

The economy is recovering from last year's sharp contraction, helped by higher oil prices and easing of the containment measures. Non-oil real GDP is expected to rebound by 12 percent in 2021 while the fiscal and current account balances are expected to improve significantly. Higher oil revenues present the opportunity to tackle Iraq's significant vulnerabilities, […]

IMF Report into Iraq's Customs and Tariffs

By John Lee. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has published a new report into Iraq's customs and tariff arrangements. This report summarizes key findings and recommendations from a remote technical assistance (TA) assignment performed by a short-term expert (STX), Mr. Djamel Bouhabel, from January 17 to February 4, 2021, to the General Customs Authority of […]

Moody's affirms Iraq Credit Ratings

By John Lee. Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the Iraqi Government's long-term issuer and foreign currency senior unsecured ratings at Caa1, and maintained the stable outlook. It notes Iraq's exceptionally high reliance on oil, and "very weak institutions and governance", while adding that ongoing discussions with the IMF indicate a possibility of a supported adjustment […]

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. […]