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Middle East set for faster growth this year: Bloomberg

DUBAI, January 11, 2018

The Middle East region is expected to experience faster growth this year, accelerating from 2.8 percent in 2017 to 3.5 percent in 2018, according to a Bloomberg Economics research.
Six themes are expected to shape this year’s Middle East economic outlook, research conducted by Ziad Daoud, Chief Middle East Economist, Bloomberg Economics, has found. 
Commenting on his latest research piece, Daoud said: “Oil and geopolitics have always dominated Middle Eastern economic cycles. In 2017, growth underperformed the rest of the world as both factors turned unfavourable. A recovery is coming in 2018, but there are risks associated with an escalation of geopolitical tensions.”
The six themes Bloomberg Economics expects to shape the region’s outlook in 2018 are:
Faster growth, which is expected to accelerate from 2.8% in 2017 to 3.5% in 2018
Geopolitical tensions and internal political landscapes will continue to influence the region’s economies
Continued external debt issuance, particularly from the GCC 
Gulf pegs to the dollar are expected to remain this year
Growth in Egypt, which should accelerate above 5% for the first time since November 2016
Less accommodative policy in Turkey, with expected withdrawal of fiscal stimulus and further rate hikes. This could help lower inflation and stabilise the currency.  - TradeArabia News Service

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