Issue  No.112
13 February 2017

This report is designed to give you a snapshot about the MENA region tackling multiple issues:


        56.25  USD         1,230  USD


  Economic Outlook
  • Egypt's second largest bank, Banque Misr has raised 1.020 BN USD after the floating of the Egyptian pound. It includes remittances, deposits in foreign currencies and USD selling.
  • Average yields on Egypt's 3-year and 7-year Treasury bonds decreased to 17.099% from 17.203% and the 7-year dropped to 17.194% from 17.312%.
  • GCC countries economic growth is expected to increase as follows: Qatar will reach 3.3% in 2017 compared to 2.6% in 2016 due to the huge financial reserves and the public-sector expenditures on the FIFA 2022 World Cup, followed by Kuwait (2.6%), UAE (2.5%) and Saudi Arabia (1.8%).
  • Saudi Arabia's economic growth is expected to increase reaching 1.8% in 2017 compared to1.3% in 2016.
  • Qatar may not issue Eurobonds this year because of the recent increases in global oil prices. Qatar's last year international bond issue was 9 BN USD.
  • Qatar's budget deficit would decrease in 2017 to reach 28.3 BN QAR (7.8 BN USD) compared to 46.5 BN QAR (12.7 BN USD) in  2016 and the Brent oil will be traded around 55 USD per barrel in 2017 against 45 USD per barrel in 2016. However, practicing austerity is still needed as the 2017 budget expenditure is estimated to fall by 2% than the 2016 plan to reach 198.4 BN QAR (54.49 BN USD).
  • Remittances from the UAE had increased in 2016 despite weak economic growth and low oil prices to reach 77 BN AED (20 BN USD).
  • The inflation rate in Kuwait is expected to reach 3.8-4% in 2017 against 3.2% in 2016, as the government will introduce high electricity and water tariffs starting from May 2017.
  • Morocco's unemployment rate has decreased to 9.4% in 2016 compared to 9.7% in 2015, this was due to the growth in service and construction industries. In addition, the economy will grow by 4.5% in 2017, up from 1.6% in 2016, as agriculture recovers from the drought. 
  • The Government of Japan will allocate 6.9 BN USD to fund five projects in Iran in a bid to continue expand bilateral relations between the two countries with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) program for financial assistance.
  • Japan has approved a 100 MM USD loan for Iraq to support humanitarian, counter-terrorism and infrastructure projects in the country.
  • According to the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, the U.S will provide Jordan with 100,000 tons of wheat under the grant agreement for 2017 which is a part of the Food For Progress Program that the U.S government is implementing.
  • Austria oil and gas group OMV expects its oil output in Libya in 2017 to amount to 10,000 barrel per day compared to 3,000 barrel per day in Q4-2016 and if security continued to improve it could increase its Libyan production to 50,000 barrels per day.
  • Tunisia's inflation rate has increased from 4% in Q4-2016 to 4.6% in January 2017, this was due to an increase in the vegetables prices from 5.4% to 7.5% in January and food and beverages from 3.2% to 4.7%, in addition to housing and energy prices.
  • The UK government announced that they will invest 199 MM USD in education in Lebanon over the coming 4 years, aiming to get 147,000 more children into public schools.
  • The World Bank had approved a 200 MM USD fund for Lebanon aiming to upgrade the country's road network and increase low-skilled jobs. In addition to the 107 MM USD funds from Italy to enhance the country's infrastructure and support the country with the Syrian crisis over the next year.
   Political Events
  • Lebanon's president Michel Aoun is visiting Egypt and Jordan during this week, aiming to strengthen ties between Lebanon and Arab countries and to address the Syrian refugee crisis and solutions.
  • New sanctions on multiple Iranian entities will be imposed by Donald Trump aiming to ratchet up pressure on Tehran. These sanctions are considered to be aggressive policies against Iran that Trump had promised during his presidential campaign. This has urged the oil prices to edge up on fears that new U.S. sanctions against Iran could be extended to start affecting crude supplies
  • The Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh issued a preliminary verdict of 7 years in prison against a Saudi citizen after being accused guilty of traveling to conflict zones in Syria and joining terrorist groups. 
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