Lower public spending holding back Middle East and Central Asia

Efficient and targeted investments require comprehensive data, says IMF paper


Countries in the Middle East and Central Asia lag behind their peers in other regions in part due to a lack of public spending, says a paper published by the International Monetary Fund today (September 28).

Socioeconomic outcomes are poorer partly as a result of political conflicts destabilising numerous jurisdictions. However, this trend is reinforced by “lower levels of public spending on health, education and social protection, as well as a relative inefficiency of spending compared to

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