Bahrain Economy

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Reforms to improve trade and protect investor rights have bolstered Bahrain’s standing on the World Bank’s most recent ease of doing business index, with newly ratified legislation set to further boost its investment appeal.

The introduction of a goods and services tax, coupled with cost-cutting measures and a proposed multibillion-dollar loan, is expected to help Bahrain improve its fiscal position and reduce national debt.

Bahrain has benefitted from a series of reforms aimed at increasing foreign direct investment (FDI), recording a strong jump in inflows in 2017.

Bahrain has moved to improve its start-up ecosystem as part of plans to further diversify the economy, launching a new funding and training initiative specifically targeting entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Although Bahrain has faced economic headwinds in recent years, the modest recovery of oil prices in 2017 bodes well for the future in addition to the non-oil sector driving growth, with activities unrelated to hydrocarbons extraction forecast to expand by 3.9% in 2018.


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