Context. Afghanistan remains one of the poorest countries in the world, despite enormous progress over the past decade. Security and political uncertainties and the drawdown of international troops, together with weak governance and institutions, have held back growth and employment, and recently contributed to increased emigration. In May 2015, IMF management approved a nine-month Staff-Monitored Program (SMP), aimed at addressing fiscal and banking vulnerabilities, preserving macroeconomic stability, improving prospects for inclusive growth, and building a track record for a possible future IMF financial arrangement. Outlook and risks. On account of the sustained headwinds the economy faces, projections for real GDP growth in 2016 and beyond have been scaled back compared to those in the November 2015 Article IV staff report. The outlook remains highly challenging given political and security uncertainties and the related risks to reform implementation. Shortfalls in donor aid and continued emigration also pose important downside risks, and the banking system remains a key source of vulnerability.
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|Size: ||4.2 MB|
|Publisher: ||INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND|
|Date published: || 2016|
|ISBN: ||9781484351352 (DRM-EPUB)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|