Saudi Arabia: Firing on all cylinders + MENA Monthly: Coping with the summer heat

Date: Aug 2017

New Country Views: "Saudi Arabia: Firing on all cylinders"

  • Saudi Arabia's unemployment rate rose to 12.7% in the first quarter of 2017. What are the reasons for this increase?
  • The MSCI has announced that it will start considering whether to upgrade Saudi Arabia to emerging market status. Can the Tadawul become the new benchmark for EMEA?
  • How will the shake-up in the line of succession in Saudi Arabia impact the kingdom and the world stage?

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New MENA Monthly: "Coping with the summer heat"

  • What was behind King Salman’s move to strip the Ministry of Interior of some key mandates? What other key appointments were made in July?
  • What are the highlights on Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s trip to Washington? What stance has President Trump taken on Hezbollah and how will this affect sanctions on the group?
  • Following the reshuffle in May, the new Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune presented the government action plan to parliament on 21 June. What are the details of the government’s new economic reform plan? How will this affect FDI to Algeria?
  • Demonstrations in the Rif region are continuing despite efforts by the government to accelerate the USD 600M “Manarat al Moutawassit Programme” (2015-2019) dedicated to the economic development of Al-Hoceima. Why is it taking so long to reach a compromise? What will be the impact, if any, on the economy and international investor sentiment?
  • What were the key conclusions from the positive review report of the IMF? How will the recent Hurghada attack and the ensuing warnings from several countries affect Egypt’s target of 10 million tourists in 2017?
  • After success on the Total deal in Iran, what is the next project in line for international majors?
  • How could China’s first overseas military base in Djibouti, an Arab League country impact MENA?

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Progress of Qatar rift

Dr Florence Eid-Oakden on Bloomberg

Arabia Monitor’s Chief Economist, Dr. Florence Eid-Oakden speaks to Bloomberg Markets Middle East hosts Yousef Gamal El-Din and Shery Ahn about the Qatar rift developments and whether any tangible progress is expected soon. Dr. Eid-Oakden also shares her insight as to whether the Qatar Investment Authority will liquidate its assets anytime soon.

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