Prospects for Palestinian economy ‘bleak’, IMF says

Fiscal crisis and “volatile” security situation undermine hopes of recovery

International Monetary Fund Headquarters 2, Washington, DC
Photo: John Harrington

The outlook for the Palestinian economy is “bleak”, the International Monetary Fund said in its latest assessment, as the “volatile” security situation and an ongoing fiscal crisis add to socio-economic troubles.

In a statement, Kerstin Gerling, head of the IMF mission to the West Bank and Gaza, said growth nearly halved, to 3.9%, in 2022, and is expected to slow further this year. Weaker activity and lower global commodity prices have helped to curb inflation in the Palestinian territories

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