IMF raises Middle East growth forecast, recovery will be ‘divergent’


The International Monetary Fund has revised its growth forecast upward for the Middle East and North Africa region, as countries recover from the coronavirus crisis that began in 2020.

Real GDP in the MENA region is now expected to grow 4% in 2021, up from the fund’s October projection of 3.2%.

However, the outlook will vary significantly across countries depending on factors such as vaccine rollouts, exposure to tourism and policies introduced, the IMF said in its latest regional economic report published on Sunday.

(The) vaccine is an important variable this year, and the acceleration of vaccination could contribute to almost one additional percent of GDP in 2022.

Jihad Azour

IMF Middle…


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