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Country Report

Country Report Oman

Economic growth is expected to maintain its momentum in the medium term underpinned by strong domestic demand and economic diversification. However, the combination of high government spending and a decreased oil price puts pressure on fiscal sustainability.

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Country Report United Arab Emirates

Although the UAE’s economy is more diversified and less dependent on the oil sector than the surrounding Gulf States, it is strongly affected by the decreasing oil price since the second half of 2014.

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Country Report Egypt

Domestic stability in Egypt has improved markedly and the economy is showing timid signs of recovery. The government has engaged in bold reforms. Generous aid from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries gives it the financial space to gradually implement those reforms.

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Country Report Israel

The Israeli economy is likely to continue to grow at a moderate pace, while the strong growth of mortgage debt and the rise of housing prices pose risks. Meanwhile, a new round of peace talks with the Palestinians is not obvious under a new government that is dominated by nationalists and ultra-Orthodox parties.

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Country Report Kuwait

The growth of Kuwait’s hydrocarbon dependent economy slowed further in 2014, as oil prices slumped. Stimulating development of the non-oil sector requires reforms that will be difficult to pass, especially if they come at a cost of welfare programmes. Meanwhile, the political situation eased somewhat as the current parliament is proving more cooperative.

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Country Report Bahrain

The oil price decline negatively affects economic growth and puts pressure on the fiscal position of Bahrain. Meanhile, Saudi Arabia is still (implicitly) backing the Sunni Al-Khalifa regime, both financially and militarily, in an effort to keep Iran at bay.

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Country Report Saudi Arabia

Economic growth has slowed down and government finances have deteriorated quickly as a result of lower oil prices. After his accession, King Salman has made major changes to the leadership that have consolidated power in the Sudairi clan.

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.

Economic Comment

Wereldeconomisch commentaar: de eurozone op weg naar deflatie? (Dutch)

In de afgelopen weken is de olieprijs fors gedaald. Mocht deze voor langere tijd laag blijven, dan is dit een positieve impuls voor de wereldeconomie. Een neveneffect is dat de kans op tijdelijke deflatie in de eurozone aanzienlijk is toegenomen.

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Country Report Algeria

Algeria’s social situation remains stable as President Bouteflika was elected for his fourth term in office. The government presented a new five-year plan that once more aims to diversify the economy away from the hydrocarbon sector.

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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.

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Country Report Egypt

Domestic stability in Egypt has improved markedly and the economy is showing timid signs of recovery. The government has engaged in bold reforms and generous aid from the GCC countries gives Egypt the financial space to gradually implement them.