Kuwait Articles & Analysis

As Kuwait’s economy continues to adjust to the new oil price environment the country’s government is pushing ahead with investment plans and reforms that promise to put the country on a sustainable growth path in the coming years.

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Increased government spending and higher oil prices are set to drive growth in Kuwait’s banking sector, with increased profits and liquidity supporting a recent rebound in activity.

Amid a backdrop of recovering commodity prices and stronger economic growth, in mid-May Kuwait decided to postpone introduction of value-added tax (VAT) until 2021, although it still intends to implement an excise tax as scheduled.

Stronger economic growth and increased domestic employment levels could increase access to credit for real estate in Kuwait, although a decline in the number of expatriates, along with excess stock, may pose challenges for the rental market.

An airport infrastructure expansion set to come into operation this year will help Kuwait keep pace with strong growth in passenger movements, as local carriers continue with network expansions and fleet upgrades.

Higher levels of public spending, supported by greater participation from the private sector, are expected to drive infrastructure projects in Kuwait over the short to medium term.

Rising oil prices helped offset cuts in Kuwait’s energy production in 2017, with infrastructure projects and new taxes laying the foundations for healthy growth this year.