MENA territories overall progression touches to 2.4% in 2021 as per the World Bank Upgraded rating

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  • The Opec’s Oil-export nations within the territory are all poised to fare a lot better this year with the lot higher crude rates boosting up their financial position.
  • As per the World Bank’s report, the Middle Eastern as well as North Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) is all poised to progress 2.4 percent within this year in 2021, as increased crude rates as well as better immunization drive aids in the overall swifter economic recovery for the oil-exporting nations.
  • As per latest Global Economic Prospects Report, the Washington-backed lender stated out recently that the prevailing projected is marginally 0.3 percentage points upsurge than as it was initially anticipated in January.

The report also further stated that; “The region should benefit from the recent rebound in oil prices, stronger external demand and less economic disruptions from Covid-19 outbreaks.”

World Bank Group president, David Malpass, stated out that; “As the health crisis eases, policymakers will need to address the pandemic’s lasting effects and take steps to spur green, resilient and inclusive growth while safeguarding macroeconomic stability.”

The Covid-19 pandemic has also upturned poverty reduction gains in many low-income nations, further exasperating the inequality between the emerging and advanced nations, the lender noted.

In the Mena territory, oil-exporting nations are anticipated to fare better this year as higher crude prices reinforce their finances.

Progress in Mena’s economies is expected to accelerate to 3.5 per cent in 2022 on the back of vaccinations, easing mobility restrictions and rising oil production that will drive more revenue for the oil-exporting countries.

The World Bank had also progressed the global economic progression viewpoint to 5.6 percent in 2021 – the swiftest post-recession stride in 80 years – up from 4 percent anticipated preceding this year as the global village emerges from the pandemic-triggered slump down.

It follows similar amendments from the International Monetary Fund, which elevated its global economic viewpoint for this year to 6 percent in April from an earlier 5.5 percent estimate.

However, the Washington based lender World Bank also stated out that; “Notwithstanding the recovery, the globalized yield will be still be approximately 2 percent below pre-pandemic estimates by the cease of this year.”

It also added out that; “In oil exporters, a stronger-than-expected rebound in GDP in the second half of 2020 has created the foundation for growth to accelerate to a projected 2.3 per cent in 2021.”

Crude values are up about 40 percent year-to-date and are at their peak since October 2018. The oil market has advanced from the Opec+ cluster’s verdict to taper manufacturing slashes in line with snowballing market demand.

Brent, the global oil benchmark, was trading at $71.66 at 7.02am UAE time on Thursday. West Texas Intermediate, the main instrument for US crude, was trading at $69.42am.

Oil prices are anticipated to average $62 per barrel in 2021 and 2022 – suggestively developed than the bank’s projections in January, it added.

Saudi Arabia, the global largest oil exporter, is estimated to nurture 2.4 percent this year and 3.3 percent in 2022. The pandemic is enduring to weigh on oil importing economies, though. These are anticipated to progress 2.8 percent in 2021, which is 0.2 percentage points gentler than as anticipated in January. Egypt, which was the only Middle East economy to nurture last year amidst the Covid-19 outburst, will witness a gradual slow down to 2.3 percent in its 2021 fiscal year, the World Bank anticipated.


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