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Qatar has demonstrated considerable resilience in recent years, successfully developing new homegrown industries while at the same time strengthening its global ties. Although Covid-19 has introduced significant economic uncertainties in 2020, a rapid response from Qatar's authorities to curb the effects of the virus should stand the nation's economy in good stead over the medium and long term.
The trade dispute between Qatar and some of its neighbours in 2017-20 served to strengthen the country's food security, spurring it to ramp up domestic production capacity and diversify global trade partners.
– Economies in the region were hit by reduced trade volumes and lower oil prices
– Governments launched extensive stimulus packages to stabilise their economies
– Short-term recovery will be tied to oil prices and the resumption of travel
– The pandemic looks set to accelerate economic diversification efforts
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Qatar’s wealth of hydrocarbons puts it at the centre of global trade, with its liquefied natural gas (LNG) feeding factories in China and powers stations in Japan, while its helium is used in everything from MRI scanners to aircraft parts. The revenue that has flowed into Qatar in the two and a half decades since gas exports were first shipped...
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