Economic Diversification in Oil-Exporting Arab Countries

Publication Date:

April 29, 2016

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countries face similar challenges to create jobs and foster more inclusive growth. The current environment of likely durable low oil prices has exacerbated these challenges.

  • The non-oil private sector remains relatively small and, consequently, has been only a limited source of growth and employment.
  • Because oil is an exhaustible resource, new sectors need to be developed so they can take over as the oil and gas industry dwindles.
  • Over-reliance on oil also exacerbates macroeconomic volatility.

Greater economic diversification would unlock job-creating growth, increase resilience to oil price volatility and improve prospects for future generations.

Macro-economic stability and supportive regulatory and institutional frameworks are key prerequisites for economic diversification...


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Publication Date:

April 29, 2016



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