RaboResearch - Economic Research

Raphie Hayat

Senior Economist

Raphie joined RaboResearch Global Economics & Markets in 2014, where he follows the Southeast Asia region.

Raphie analyses South East Asian economies from a macro-economic and country risk perspective. This includes (amongst others) writing about relevant developments for the countries in this region and their macro-economic and country risk implications. Previously at Rabobank, Raphie covered Africa and the Middle East and was as a portfolio manager. His work experience before Rabobank includes KPMG Corporate Finance and UBS.

Raphie holds Master’s degrees in Economics and Finance, a PhD in Economics (VU University Amsterdam) and is a CFA charterholder.

Publications Raphie Hayat

Special Dutch version

Sub-Saharan Africa: struggling, but still growing

Sub-Saharan Africa is facing headwinds from lower commodity prices, a slower growing China and possibly rising US interest rates. This has made the economic outlook gloomier but we still expect the region to grow about 4% in the near future.

Country Report

Kenya: climbing economy, sliding currency

Kenya’s economy continues to grow strongly, but the depreciating currency poses short term risks for inflation and debt service. In the medium term, elections in 2018 could give rise to increased ethnic tensions and result in civil unrest.

Country Report

Country Report Lebanon

Lebanon’s economy continues to show weak growth in 2014 (3%), being adversely effected by the conflict in Syria. But the banking sector remains healthy and Lebanon still has ample foreign reserves, which mitigates its otherwise high country risk.

Country Report

Country Report Jordan

Jordan’s economic situation is improving. GDP growth has picked up to 3.1% in 2014, driven by lower oil prices and growth in the tourism sector. The greatest risk is still that the conflicts in Syria and Iraq will lead to negative spill-overs.

Economic Report

Iran: dealing with the deal

Iran’s nuclear deal will be a clear plus for its economy and its trade partners. Globally, the economic impact is mainly through lower oil prices. Geopolitically, it might increase tensions within the Middle East as Iran becomes more powerful.

Economic Comment

Iran/VS: een nucleaire deal met impact (Dutch)

Door de onlangs gesloten raamwerkovereenkomst zullen Westerse sancties tegen Iran mogelijk opgeheven worden. Als deze deal er komt zal Iraanse olie weer toegang hebben tot de wereldmarkt, wat olieprijzen verder zal drukken dan tot dusver werd verwacht.