The IMF Regional Economic Outlook: Safeguarding Macroeconomic Stability amid Continued Uncertainty in the Middle East and North Africa


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The U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council invites you to register to attend an event hosted by Business Council member Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) in partnership with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This event, titled “IMF Regional Economic Outlook: Safeguarding Macroeconomic Stability amid Continued Uncertainty in the Middle East and North Africa,” will take place in Dubai on May 3rd and will also be streamed virtually.

Amid global financial market turbulence, how can the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region safeguard macroeconomic stability? What are the risks and vulnerabilities ahead? Which policies can help countries navigate this uncertain economic environment while paving the way towards a more inclusive, resilient and greener future?

A distinguished panel of speakers will explore these pivotal issues and more based on the IMF’s upcoming Regional Economic Outlook. The session will be moderated by renowned journalist and broadcaster Becky Anderson (Managing Editor, CNN Abu Dhabi).

Panelists will also take questions from the audience during the Q&A session.


10:00 AM – 10:45 AM: Registration and networking
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM: Opening remarks 
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM: Presentation on the key highlights of the report
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Panel discussion 
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM: Q&A session

Speakers and panelists:

Opening remarks: Alya AlZarouni, Chief Operating Officer, DIFC Authority


  • Mr. Jihad Azour, Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, IMF
  • Ms. Khatija Haque, Chief Economist and Head of Research at Emirates NBD 
  • Ms. Ebru Pakcan, Managing Director, Head of Middle East and Africa Cluster, Citibank UAE
  • Mr. Mahmood Pradhan, Global Head of Macroeconomics, Amundi Asset Management

Please register here or below.