International Monetary Fund. Middle East and Central Asia Dept.
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND
Jordan's external vulnerabilities, arising mainly from the energy sector, increased during the last decade. Aided by exceptionally large grants, fiscal policy accommodated the social impact of these shocks. Concerns about social tensions at the beginning of the year put on hold the needed fiscal consolidation. At the same time, balance of payments pressures intensified. The authorities' program is designed to correct the fiscal and external imbalances and support the exchange rate peg. Structural policies will focus on supporting growth and employment.