Middle East oil exporters' foreign reserves to rise by US$100 billion
Source: BI-ME and AFP , Author: BI-ME staff
Posted: Sun October 11, 2009 1:46 pm

UAE. Oil exporters in the Middle East and North Africa region are expected to increase their international reserve positions by over US$100 billion in 2010 as oil prices rebound, the IMF said on Sunday.

The rebuilding of their international reserve positions would help governments of the region maintain public spending, which has helped mitigate the impact of the global financial turmoil on their economies, the International Monetary Fund said in report released in Dubai.

"With higher oil prices and the anticipated re-emergence of global demand, oil revenues are expected to increase, allowing oil exporters to rebuild their international reserve positions by over 100 billion dollars in 2010," the Middle East and Central Asia Regional Economic Outlook report said.

Oil exporters -- Algeria, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates and Yemen -- have suffered as oil prices dropped to near Us$30 dollars per barrel around the turn of the year. Since then, it has rebounded to around US$70 per barrel.

The IMF projected that the economies of all countries of the Middle East and North Africa in addition to Afghanistan and Pakistan are expected to grow 4.0% in 2010.

 

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

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INTERNATIONAL. Is it time to stop thinking about stabilizing Syria and Iraq and start thinking of a new dynamic outside of the artificial states that no longer function? To do this, we need to go back to Lebanon, the first state that disintegrated and the first place where clans took control of their own destiny.
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INTERNATIONAL. Commodities have been generally flat on the week as a rise in industrial metals was offset by losses across other sectors such as metals and grains.
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UAE. With its oil wealth, population growth and strong demand for industrial and consumer goods, the MENA region is an attractive market. There are, however, potential pitfalls in doing business, particularly when it comes to appointing local agents to distribute products in the region.
SAUDI ARABIA. Strong demand fundamentals combined with increased public and private sector spending pushed up the average sales price; Momentum expected to continue as Riyadh attracts and promotes investment in industrial and supporting logistics facilities.
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