Inflation in Iraq
Iraq - InflationThe economy has likely performed robustly so far this year. Oil output was up notably in annual terms in the first four months, notwithstanding OPEC-mandated production cuts. Moreover, the rise in oil prices since the start of 2019 bodes well for the government’s budget. However, security concerns have increased over the last month amid rising U.S.-Iran tensions, after both the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and ExxonMobil evacuated some staff, which poses a downside risk for investment. This comes after preliminary data from Iraq’s Statistical Institute showed that the economy unexpectedly contracted in 2018 on the back of a decline in the oil sector and stagnation in the non-oil sector. In May, the IMF concluded a staff visit. While highlighting that non-oil growth should strengthen this year, the Fund cautioned that post-war construction to date has been limited and elevated current spending could put pressure on the public finances going forward.
Iraq - Inflation Data
|Inflation Rate (CPI, annual variation in %)||1.9||2.2||1.4||0.4||0.2|
5 years of economic forecasts for more than 30 economic indicators.
Iraq Inflation Chart
Source: Central Statistical Organization.
|Exchange Rate||1,193||0.0 %||Jun 14|
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