Middle East Monitor

Comprehensive country-by-country macroeconomic analysis, risk appraisals, latest market data and forecasts for the Middle East

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Key stories from this month's issue...

Economic Analysis - Recovering, But No Boom Ahead - NOV 2017

East Med September 2017 / Lebanon / Economy

The Lebanese economy will see some improvements over the coming years, as falling political risk boosts business confidence and as external conditions brighten. That said, the pace of growth will remain modest, owing to structural weakness in the business environment, the poor state of public finances limiting public investment and forcing the government to introduce austerity measures, and the return of inflation.


Economic Analysis - Price Pressures To Remain Manageable - NOV 2017

Gulf September 2017 / Qatar / Economy

The Qatari government will continue to absorb added import costs linked to the reorganisation of supply chains - necessitated by fellow GCC-members' boycott against the country - limiting the impact of the ongoing diplomatic crisis on prices over the coming quarters. Meanwhile, Qatar's central bank will continue to track the US Fed's monetary tightening cycle closely through to 2019, given the riyal's dollar peg.