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Country Report

Oman (Country report)

The country’s and the sovereign’s solvency is comfortably assured by at least a decade of (often substantial) current account and fiscal budget surpluses, although the value of external assets are not provided. We consider official and hidden reserves to be sufficient to cover for unlikely current account deficits. They are also large enough to defend the fixed exchange rate to the USD.

Economic Report

Price fighters

Increased demand in emerging markets, combined with a series of failed harvests have sent food prices through the roof.

Country Report

Bosnia and Herzegovina (Country report)

After the devastating war in the early ‘90s, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH) has managed to get itself back on track economically, although many problems remain. Structural unemployment, a big current account deficit, a lack of well-enforced property rights and an bureaucratic and complex fiscal system are just a few of the problems that need solving.

Country Report

Libya (Country update)

Last February, protests against the Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi spiralled into a civil war between Qaddafi’s security forces and supporters of the interim Transitional National Council (TNC) that seek to topple Qaddafi’s regime, as well as NATO forces siding with the TNC. The conflict has killed thousands and has crippled the Libyan economy.

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Always look on the bright side of life! (Dutch)

Nu politici worstelen met staatsschuldencrises in het Westen, het economisch herstel na de crisis vertraagt en het vertrouwen van zowel consumenten als producenten in de economische ontwikkelingen wegzakt, wordt het tijd voor wat relativering van het economisch nieuws.

Economic Report

De maakbaarheid van levensvoldoening (Dutch)

Het streven naar geluk is een fundamenteel doel van de mens, zo heeft de Algemene Vergadering van de Verenigde Naties in een resolutie vastgelegd. Overheden moeten burgers dan ook hel­pen om een geluksgevoel en levensvoldoening te bereiken.