The Middle East and Central Asia Regional Economic Outlook (REO) Update is prepared each spring by the IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia Department (MCD). The analysis and projections contained in the MCD REO are integral elements of the department’s surveillance of economic developments and policies in member countries. It draws primarily on information gathered by MCD staff through their consultations with member countries.
The analysis in this report was coordinated under the general supervision of Jihad Azour (Director of MCD). The project was directed by Taline Koranchelian (Deputy Director in MCD), S. Pelin Berkmen (Chief of MCD’s Regional Analytics and Strategy Division), Yasser Abdih (Deputy Chief of MCD’s Regional Analytics and Strategy Division), and Cesar Serra (Deputy Chief of MCD’s Regional Analytics and Strategy Division).
The primary contributors to Chapter 1 were Olivier Bizimana and Joyce Wong. Additional contributors were Maximiliano Appendino, Dalmacio F. Benicio, and Mohamed Belkhir. The primary contributors to Chapter 2 were Jeta Menkulasi, Lawrence Norton, Sidra Rehman, Cesar Serra, and Suchanan Tambunlertchai.
Gohar Abajyan, Oluremi Akin-Olugbade, Kate Nguyen, Jawed Sakhi, and Tucker Stone managed the database and provided research assistance.
Production support was provided by Haya Abu Sharar and Gintare Gedrimaite. Cheryl Toksoz of the Communications Department coordinated the editing and production of the REO. Nordine Abidi, Maria Atamanchuk, Aidyn Bibolov, Tannous Kass-Hanna, Moheb Thabet Malak, Issouf Samake, and Vahram Stepanyan reviewed the translations. They collaborated on the content with Mahmoud Asaad, Sherif Helmy, Heba Khalil, and Baya Kourdali (Arabic); Jean-Yves Lestienne and Monica Nepote-Cit (French); and Alexandra Akchurin and Denis Pshenichnikov (Russian), in coordination with Yelena Eydinova and Xiaochen Wang (Translation Coordination Center) from Language Services. Cooper Allen provided editorial support.
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