This paper discusses the economic recovery of Cyprus. Although progress on the structural reform agenda has been modest, the economic recovery has continued to gain strength. A range of policies have been discussed to accelerate reductions in nonperforming loans to revive lending and boost growth. Discussions also stressed the need to lock in fiscal gains given still-high public debt, and avoid further delays in implementing structural reforms that are necessary to reinvigorate growth and create employment. Despite lingering vulnerabilities in the banking sector and implementation delays in structural conditionality, the macro economy of Cyprus continues to improve. The unemployment and inflation projections have been adjusted downward.
Statement by Mr. Menno Snel, Executive Director for Cyprus and Mr. Serban Matei, Senior Advisor to the Executive Director, January 22, 2016