Chiara Maggi is an Economist at the Middle East and Central Asia Department of the IMF, where she works on the Morocco desk. Previously, she was in the Structural Reforms Unit of the IMF’s Research Department. Her research focuses on the macroeconomic impact of structural reforms, firm dynamics and corporate market power. She holds a PhD in Economics from Northwestern […]
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Robert Gregory is a deputy unit chief in the IMF’s Strategy Policy and Review Department, working on Lending Policy. Previously, he worked in the European Department covering Iceland, and prior to that on Morocco and Nigeria. Robert began his career at Accenture, and has also worked for the UK Treasury and Barclays Bank. He recently returned to the IMF from […]
Pandemic-related lockdowns, flight cancellations, and border closures may be putting a crimp on summer vacation plans. However, the precipitous drop in tourism will have an outsized impact on countries that rely on foreign travelers—with potentially large-scale effects on their economies’ national accounts. […]
Since the global financial crisis of 2008, emerging market economies have experienced a surge in capital flows in response to significant monetary easing by major central banks. Gross capital inflows to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have remained high compared to other emerging markets, but their composition has changed significantly, with a surge in portfolio flows […]
Jean-François Dauphin heads the Maghreb division in the Middle East and Central Asia department of the IMF and is the mission chief for Algeria. He was previously the mission chief for Morocco. At the IMF, he worked on many countries in Africa, Central America, and Eastern Europe, and contributed to developing IMF policies in its Strategy, Policy and Review […]
In 1989, the five Maghreb countries—Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia—established the Arab Maghreb Union to promote cooperation and economic integration. Thirty years later, there is still a largely untapped potential for regional trade among Maghreb countries. […]