Saudi economy 'buoyant' but growth to slow this year, says IMF
Source: BI-ME with Reuters , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Wed May 30, 2012 6:12 pm

SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia's oil-dependent economy should remain "buoyant," although growth is forecast to slow this year given uncertainties over the euro zone debt crisis and a decline in crude prices, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday.

In its annual review of the world's top oil producer, the IMF said growth was likely to slow to 6%, down from 7.1% last year.

Inflation would likely remain at around 5%, although the IMF urged Saudi authorities to monitor it closely for signs of economic overheating, the Fund added.

High oil prices and increased state spending ignited a boom in the Saudi economy last year. But worries about the debt crisis in the euro zone and easing growth in China, a major importer of Saudi oil, are expected to weigh on Saudi growth.

The IMF said the outlook for the Saudi economy was subject to "some uncertainty" given the prospect of lower oil prices.

It said Saudi Arabia's fiscal and external surpluses should hit 17% and 27% of gross domestic product this year, respectively.

 

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

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INTERNATIONAL. PMI: The high cost of low performance shows need for stronger worldwide implementation of project, program and portfolio management.
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UAE. S&P expects Abu Dhabi's government balance will worsen further based on the ratings agency's updated oil price assumptions; However, the emirate's large net asset position will continue to give it a considerable buffer to support the economy; Continued structural and institutional weaknesses anticipated.
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INTERNATIONAL. "Saudi regional leadership amounts to exploitation of a window of opportunity rather than reliance on the assets and power needed to sustain it. That window of opportunity exists as long as the obvious regional powers - Iran, Turkey and Egypt - are in various degrees of disrepair."
UAE. S&P expects Abu Dhabi's government balance will worsen further based on the ratings agency's updated oil price assumptions; However, the emirate's large net asset position will continue to give it a considerable buffer to support the economy; Continued structural and institutional weaknesses anticipated.
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