GCC to expand 4.4% in 2014

The economies of the six Gulf Arab monarchies will expand by 4.4 per cent in 2014, the International Monetary Fund said on Saturday, raising its earlier forecast for the oil-rich bloc.

The aggregate economic growth in 2013 for the Gulf Cooperation Council will be at 3.7 per cent, said Nemat Shafik, the IMF deputy managing director, in a meeting with the finance ministers of the member states in Riyadh.

The “GCC has continued to be one of the most performing economies,” she said, adding that “the growth is 3.7 per cent this year (and) 4.4 per cent next year, after an exceptional growth of 6,4 per cent in the last two years.”

The GCC comprises the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Oil and gas receipts represent the bulk of their revenues.

The IMF published its economic forecast for the Middle East and North Africa region in May, with the combined growth for GCC members projected to stand at 3.7 per cent for 2013 and 3.78 per cent for 2014.

via GCC to expand 4.4% in 2014: IMF – Emirates 24/7.