MENA Economic Outlook 2019: Back to positive growth territory

Regional Views
Saudi Arabia: Spending its way to higher growth
  • In MENA, the GCC is projected to grow at the fastest pace in 2019 assuming minimal direct impact from any global trade wars.
  • Globally, the outlook remains generally favourable, but trade wars, Brexit, and Federal Reserve tightening could have a negative impact on emerging market performance.
  • In the energy market, the OPEC production allocations are vague and open to non-compliance. Saudi Arabia cut 0.4 Mb/d from its October level, but Libya, Venezuela and Iran are exempt.

Florence Eid-Oakden, Ph.D, Chief Economist

Charlene Rahall, Analyst

The Regional Views series are thematic papers aimed at identifying and analysing factors behind medium to long-term economic trends shaping the region. Our analysis draws conclusions that help businesses and investors get ahead of the curve. As a firm staffed by Middle Easterners, we focus on insight rather than standard analysis.

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