• Economic News Updates

    Economic News Updates

    For each market we cover, OBG produces regular economic research available on our website, by email subscription and via RSS feed. Free to access, our Economic Updates are targeted at those looking for regular comment on key sector developments.

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Economic Update | Kuwait set to upgrade refineries

12 Mar 2014

The recent approval of bids worth more than $12bn has paved the way for a major overhaul of two of Kuwait’s refineries, following costly shutdowns earlier this year.

Economic Update | Kuwait looks to reduce subsidies

24 Feb 2014

The government in Kuwait is weighing-up measures to rein in spending on subsidies and welfare programmes, responding to concerns that the national budget could slip into deficit by the end of the decade.

Economic Update | Kuwait looks to enhance regional position of ports

12 Feb 2014

Ports in Kuwait have performed well in recent years, supported by a national bid to increase both hydrocarbon exports and non-oil commercial shipping activity. However, while plans to upgrade facilities and improve access to new oilfields bode well for the industry, the sector also faces several challenges, led by fluctuations in global demand and regional competition.

Economic Update | Kuwait’s telcos launch new mobile technologies

29 Jan 2014

The roll-out of fourth-generation long-term evolution (4G LTE) networks across Kuwait is expected to offer a boost to the mobile market. While the average revenue per user (ARPU) remains among the highest in the region, it has nonetheless been falling in recent years.

Economic Update | Kuwait Year in Review 2013

26 Jan 2014

Strong consumer spending helped ensure economic growth in Kuwait this past year, although a slowdown in the energy sector meant the rise in GDP was modest. The outlook for the oil industry in 2014 is unclear, but there is an expectation that private consumption and the rollout of government infrastructure projects have the capacity to boost growth in the coming year.

Economic Update | Kuwait steps up pace of education reform

17 Dec 2013

A new national curriculum, possible regulations for private sector providers and plans to outsource certain functions in the school system are among changes Kuwait’s government has proposed for the education system.