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Raphie Hayat

Economist

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

Raphie holds Master’s degrees in Economics and Finance and a PhD in Economics (VU University Amsterdam). Raphie is a CFA charterholder. His previous work experience includes KPMG Corporate Finance and UBS.

Publications Raphie Hayat

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.

Special

Oil: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The recent plunge in oil prices will be a net plus for the global economy. The pain will be felt by major oil producers and for some this may cause serious problems. However, we still expect the global economy to gain more than the losers will lose.

Country Report

Country Report Qatar

Qatar’s economy is likely to expand by a robust 6% in 2014, although it remains highly dependent on the hydrocarbon sector. Moreover, tensions with its GCC neighbours remain a challenge for Qatar given its ambition as an international peace broker.