Kuwait

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Chapter | Insurance from The Report: Kuwait 2019

Kuwait’s insurance sector has expanded rapidly in recent years, with numerous new entrants competing and driving down premium prices. This has led to concerns that companies are booking high profits at the risk of not keeping enough in reserve to meet future payouts on policies. To counter these worries, a new law was passed in July 2019 and it is likely to have a profound impact on the sector...

Chapter | Islamic Financial Services from The Report: Kuwait 2019

Kuwait’s Islamic financial services sector is well established, with a long history in both Islamic banking and takaful, or Islamic insurance. The segment has expanded in recent years, building upon the country’s reputation as an emerging centre for sharia-compliant banking, insurance and investment products. The government has enacted a series of laws and regulations aimed at further...

Chapter | Capital Markets from The Report: Kuwait 2019

Kuwait’s equity markets have gone through a remarkable series of reforms in recent years, and the state has been rewarded with upgrades by international index compilers and ballooning inflows of foreign investment. Enabling infrastructure and a robust legal framework are in place to ensure continued development, and demand for assets has been proven. Therefore, what is critical going forward...

Chapter | Banking from The Report: Kuwait 2019

Performance has rebounded in the Kuwaiti banking and financial sectors after a number of years repairing the damage caused by the 2007-08 global financial crisis. Banks’ balance sheets show that net profits, assets, loans and deposits are all growing strongly, and financial metrics look robust, while various industry assessments show that it is well capitalised. This chapter contains a...

Chapter | Trade & Investment from The Report: Kuwait 2019

After accumulating large amounts of wealth through the export of oil, Kuwait is now looking to deploy that wealth to develop and diversify the economy. The nation aims to attract $200bn in foreign direct investment over the next 15 years to 2035 and become a global centre for trade and finance. The government is making concrete steps towards achieving its ambitions with incentives for the...

Chapter | Economy from The Report: Kuwait 2019

Various developments point to healthy economic performance in the near term for Kuwait. Chief among them are the upgrade of the country’s stock exchange, which has been approved for addition to the MSCI Emerging Markets Index; the continuing roll-out of a large infrastructure programme; and the transition into higher value-added downstream production within the country’s leading hydrocarbons...

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