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Masood Ahmed
Masood Ahmed is Director of the IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia Department. Between 2003 and 2006 he served as Director General for Policy and International Development at the U.K. government’s Department for International Development. He previously held positions in the IMF and the World Bank, working on areas that included international economic policy relating to debt, aid effectiveness, trade, and global economic prospects. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics.

Entries by Masood Ahmed

Conflicts, Refugees, and Low Oil Prices: How MENA Can Emerge From This Testing Time

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 9:26 AM

The Middle East and North Africa region is facing a more uncertain future than it has in a generation. Intensified conflicts and a mounting refugee crisis are putting great strain on some countries, while adjusting to an era of sustained low oil prices poses a major challenge to many others....

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Mideast Braces Itself for a Multi-Year Transition

(1) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 4:37 PM

This week I've been traveling extensively across the region, both listening and learning. I am writing this from Dubai, where we have just launched our Regional Economic Outlook. And earlier this week, I had the opportunity to participate in the GCC Ministerial Meeting in Abu Dhabi and the...

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What the Arab Spring Has Taught Us

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 10:47 AM

As we launch the IMF's Arabic blog, Economic Window, we are witnessing an historic shift in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). It is clear that the popular uprisings that began 10 months ago were born of a desire for greater freedom and for a more widespread...

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Inflation in the Middle East -- Looking at the Right Numbers

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2011 | 2:36 PM

Across the world, surging international food prices have become a major cause for concern and topic of debate. This is especially so in the Arab world, which is home to some of the largest food importers and where rising food prices have been one of the factors in recent political...

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Subsidies -- Love Them or Hate Them, It's Better to Target Them

(6) Comments | Posted May 11, 2011 | 9:31 AM

For decades, countries in the Middle East and North Africa have relied heavily on food and fuel price subsidies as a form of social protection. And, understandably, governments have recently raised subsidies in response to hikes in global commodity prices and regional political developments.

Like many things, there may be...

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Unleashing Growth Potential in the Middle East

(2) Comments | Posted February 24, 2011 | 2:20 PM

Recent popular protests in the Middle East and North Africa region, although likely to have a negative economic impact in the short run, might actually help to unleash the countries' long-term growth potential.

By providing the impetus for reforms, these events may encourage better governance, greater transparency, and more competition--in...

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More than 18 Million Jobs Needed!

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2010 | 10:59 AM

For the six oil-importing countries in the Middle East and North Africa region--Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, and Tunisia--high unemployment is a chronic problem. Unemployment rates here are among the highest worldwide. This can have enormous economic and social costs, with the potential for what the IMF Managing Director has...

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IMF Youth Dialog: Addressing Mideast Unemployment

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2010 | 11:04 AM

By Masood Ahmed

After an unprecedented global economic downturn, recovery is beginning to take hold across the world. Nevertheless, the downturn has heightened the core challenges that countries faced before the crisis took hold. Among these, one that stands out in the countries of the Middle East and...

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