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Turkmenistan: IMF Brings More Bad News on Economic Front

A team of International Monetary Fund specialists have concluded their latest visit to Turkmenistan and returned with some sobering observations on the state of the energy-dependent nation’s economy.

One key takeaway from a statement issued on December 6 is that the government will have to adopt greater measures to compensate for the expected persistence of low prices for oil and gas.

“Hydrocarbon prices remain low and trading partner growth is muted. As a result of these external factors, Turkmenistan’s overall economic growth has slowed down,” the IMF mission said in a post-visit statement.

These confluence of developments means that Turkmenistan is spending beyond its means, and that this trend is worsening.

“The current account deficit is expected to widen significantly in 2016 as a result of lower energy revenues, and in spite of an active policy effort to substitute imports with domestic production, promote exports, and reduce public investment expenditures,” the IMF mission said.

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