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MENA Quarterly Economic Brief

The Quarterly Economic Brief supplements the World Bank’s Bi-annual Regional Economic Updates with a real-time review, using high-frequency data, of the most vulnerable countries in the region.

In the January 2014 issue, entitled Growth slowdown heightens the need for reforms, we see that ongoing regional tensions, together with a challenging (albeit slightly improving) external environment, have hit the economies of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region hard.


July 2013: Growth slowdown extends into 2013 

While the focus has been on the recent change in government in Egypt, five countries in the Middle East and North Africa Region, including Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan and Iran are facing a growth slowdown, rising fiscal deficits and debt, and high unemployment and inflation.