Bahrain Economy Articles & Analysis

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Despite its diversified economy, Bahrain has nonetheless faced pressures in recent years as a result of the 2014-15 drop in global oil prices. However, a multibillion-dollar aid package from other Gulf states and an accompanying fiscal adjustment plan, as well as growth following a partial oil price recovery and a major oil and gas discovery, offer hope for an economic turnaround in 2019.

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Despite ongoing fiscal challenges, Bahrain’s economy proved resilient throughout 2019, with the World Bank projecting growth of 1.8%. While expansion of the non-oil economy is expected to slow from 2.5% to 2.2%, the oil sector is due to move back into the black (0.2%), reversing the 1.2% contraction recorded the previous year.

Bahrain is capitalising on the recent visit of Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, with the two countries signing a raft of collaboration agreements amid ongoing economic cooperation.

A mixture of spending cuts, revenue-raising measures and financial support from regional neighbours will form the core of Bahrain’s newly unveiled programme designed to reduce its deficit and return to surplus by 2022.

Articles & Analysis | Bahrain in brief: from The Report: Bahrain 2019

 

The kingdom is among the smaller economies in the GCC, but is also one of the most diversified, with particularly well-developed financial services and manufacturing sectors. Despite its diversified economy, Bahrain has nonetheless faced pressures in recent years as a result of the 2014-15 drop in global oil prices. However, a multibillion-...

 

With the division of Bahrain Telecommunication Company (Batelco) what new business opportunities will become available?

 

In what ways has the growth of public-private partnerships (PPPs) restructured Bahrain’s economy?