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Report | The Report: Oman 2015

Although the sultanate’s petroleum wealth has traditionally provided a backbone for growth, efforts are well under way to diversify away from hydrocarbons. Oman Vision 2020 has laid out plans to boost industrialisation within the sultanate and to encourage the private sector to take a more active role in the economy and in the provision of jobs, both of which are billed as key drivers for growth.

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Economic update | Sarawak Year in Review 2014

29 Jan 2015

Investments in Sarawak's resource-based and service industries kept the Borneo island state ahead in 2014, with economic growth set to continue in 2015. However, new initiatives will be needed to diversify the economy and add more value across the oil and gas product chains.

Economic update | Revisión del año 2014 en México

29 Jan 2015

Aunque problemas políticos inconclusos socavaron la popularidad del Presidente de México, Enrique Peña Nieto en 2014, el año pasado también trajo importantes avances luego que el Congreso aprobara un amplio paquete de reformas estructurales.

Economic update | Qatar: Making the Grade

29 Jan 2015

It has been something of a tumultuous year for Qatar’s capital markets. The 12 months saw two major country upgrades, moves to change the rules on foreign ownership, a very successful IPO, a move towards dual listing, ETFs, margin trading and short selling – all underscored by some strong growth in securities, coupled with a bolstering of bonds.

Economic update | Le Gabon sème les graines de la croissance agricole

29 Jan 2015

Le Gabon a lancé en décembre un nouveau programme agricole ambitieux visant à accroître la production des cultures de base, une démarche qui s’inscrit dans un projet politique plus vaste de ce pays très urbanisé d’Afrique de l’Ouest, qui redouble d’efforts pour atteindre l’autosuffisance alimentaire et réduire ses coûts d’importation.

Economic update | Turkey Year in Review 2014

29 Jan 2015

For a regular star-performer among emerging markets, the Turkish economy had a modest year in 2014, with the rate of growth easing and the lira tumbling, though exporters managed to post record earnings despite weaker demand from some key markets. 

Economic update | Thailand Year in Review 2014

29 Jan 2015

A slowing of domestic and overseas demand, combined with uncertainty over Thailand’s political direction, cooled the economy in 2014, with most forecasts for this year indicating growth will remain subdued.