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October 2020

Iraq’s economy is expected to contract in 2020 due to lower oil prices and the spread of COVID-19.

A man stands in his shop at the Shorja market in Baghdad.
Country Economic Memorandum

New report highlights what Iraq can do to sustain future growth, and shows why it has not managed to achieve high growth.

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New Report

Women’s labor force participation in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon remains among the lowest in the world.

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Saroj Kumar Jha

Regional Director for the Mashreq

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