Issue  No.97
01 November 2016

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


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  Economic Outlook
  • Amid a low seasonal demand in Europe, Iran's oil exports are set to decline at a four- month low rate of 5% in November 2016 to reach 1.89 million barrel per day.
  • Kuwait has raised the minimum requirement for family visas from 250 to 450 KWD in a move that is believed to adversely affect the familial life for those earning below the threshold.
  • To develop major projects that will help diversify the economy, Oman aims to attract private sector funding to finance 80% of the projects in a move to minimize state funding amid the oil crisis.
  • Egypt's central bank will provide 10 BN EGP of finance to youth-led technological projects in a move to increase economic feasibility. The money is part of the bank's 200 BN EGP initiative to support and boost small and medium-sized industries.
  • The volume of trade exchange between Egypt and Poland is expected to reach approximately 600 MM USD by the end of 2016.
  • Qatar's producers price index (PPI) rose about 3% in August compared to last month as a rebound in global oil market has lifted the sentiments of domestic industrial sector.
  • Abu-Dhabi's non-oil foreign trade has increased in H1-2016 to reach 84.349 BN AED through various customs ports registering an increase of 59 MM AED compared to the same period last year.
  • Amid the oil crisis, Qatar's trade surplus has declined at a rate of 25.8% in September 2016 compared to last year.
  • According to Jordan's department of statistics, the country's unemployment rate has stood at 15.8% in Q3-2016 whereas the jobless rate stood at 13.8% for men and 25.2% for women.
  • Egypt's petroleum minister has announced that the ministry has signed around 70 new agreements with investments worth 15 BN USD during the last three years.
  • Qatar's central bank has reported that Qatar's banks "remain healthy" overall as more than 80% of their non-performing loans are provisioned.
   Political Events
  • Due to torrential rain and flooding in Egypt; 7 people were dead and 23 injured in Ras Ghareb, Hurghada, 6 people were dead and 24 injured when two buses and three other vehicles overturned in floods on a highway in Sohag. In addition, 2 people died as a result of the Fayed's thunder.
  • Turkish jets and armor, in support of Syrian rebels, have struck Kurdish fighters in recent days as they compete to capture land from Islamic State that Ankara demands as a buffer zone against militants near its border. The fight is complicating plans to drive their mutual enemy Islamic State from its Syrian capital Raqqa.
  • To take the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State, France announced that it would prolong until mid-December the operations of the French naval group including the Charles-de-Gaulle aircraft.
  • According to judicial sources, an Egyptian court confirmed a 20-year prison sentence against former president Mohamed Mursi over the killings of protesters during demonstrations in 2012.
  • Extending a series of demonstrations against austerity measures in the 2017 budget, thousands of Tunisian lawyers went on strike to protest the new taxes and tighter fiscal controls on their profession.
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