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Bahrain economy grows 3.4pc in H1

, December 3, 2017

Bahrain’s economy recorded 3.4 per cent for the first half of 2017 compared to 3.2 per cent in 2016, said the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB).

The non-oil sector also posted a growth rate of 4.7 per cent in the first half of 2017 compared to 4 per cent in 2016. This is a remarkable achievement in light of lower oil prices and subdued regional growth, reflecting the effectiveness of the Government’s initiatives in gradually adjusting the fiscal imbalances and the efforts in enhancing the overall legal, investment and business environment.

The foreign direct investments also continued to grow reaching $695 million as of October 2017, compared to $280 million in 2016, reflecting the resilience of the economy.

It is also important to note that despite the lower contribution of oil sector in Bahrain’s economy to 20 per cent, oil revenue is still the main source of income in the state budget, which provides continuous foreign exchange revenues that can meet the cost of imports, financial transfers and remittances, the CBB said.

Bahrain’s financial sector has performed well over the years and the recent results of the banking sector reflect its strong liquidity and capitalization. The capital adequacy ratio of the banking sector reached 19.8 per cent as of September 2017, well above the regulatory requirement. Retail deposits continued to grow reaching $45.1 billion in October 2017, increasing by almost 4.5 per cent compared to the same period in 2016.

Despite the current low oil price, the economy continues to grow with low inflation reflecting the Government’s ongoing initiatives to foster sound fiscal and economic policies, the CBB added.

Bahrain remains committed to maintaining a fixed exchange rate regime with the US dollar. This policy has provided a strong anchor for monetary policy throughout the years and helped in creating a stable business environment and financial stability. The International Monetary Fund also endorsed this policy in its Article IV review of the economy of Bahrain, the CBB noted. – TradeArabia News Service

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