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IMF estimates for Cypriot economy improved, says Ministry of Finance

The Ministry of Finance has welcomed the new estimates for Cyprus by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as part of the World Economic Outlook (WEO).

According to the IMF estimates, the growth rate for 2024 is projected at 2.7% and for 2025 at 2.9%. The forecast for 2024 remains the same as the previous IMF projection (WEO October 2023). Significant improvement is seen in unemployment, which is predicted to decrease to 5.9% and 5.7% for 2024 and 2025, respectively, lower by approximately 0.5 percentage points from previous IMF forecasts. The inflation forecast stands at 2.3% and 2.0% for the years 2024 and 2025, respectively, with increases being lower by 0.1-0.2 percentage points, respectively, compared to previous IMF projections.

"These estimates are better than previous ones and fairly close to those of the Ministry of Finance, recognizing the resilience and prospects of the Cypriot economy as stated by the head of the IMF mission after the completion of consultations in March 2024, within the framework of the IMF's Article IV assessment," the Ministry of Finance said in an announcement on 17 April.

The Ministry also noted that "positive developments in the economy, despite challenges and uncertainties, demonstrate the resilience of the Cypriot economy to external fluctuations, based on healthy financial indicators and the strong performance of the economy, especially in the tourism and other service sectors."

"However, uncertainty surrounding macroeconomic prospects remain high due to the difficult external environment stemming from the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict and the war in Israel and the Gaza Strip, which still persists and risks escalating into a broader conflict in the Middle East," it added.

Finally, the Ministry of Finance noted that, as it is currently impossible to predict the duration of the conflict and its potential escalation, the risks to the Cypriot economy cannot be quantified.

Also read: Cyprus to achieve the 60% debt-to-GDP target sooner, IMF says

(Source: CNA)

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