Kuwait

In-depth country-focused analysis on Kuwait's economic, political and operational risk environment, complemented by detailed sector insight

Our comprehensive assessment of Kuwait's operating environment and the outlook for its leading sectors are formed by bringing together a wealth of data on global markets that affect Kuwait, as well as the latest industry developments that could impact Kuwait's industries. This unique integrated approach has given us an impeccable track-record for predicting important shifts in the markets, ensuring you’re aware of the latest market opportunities and risks in Kuwait before your competitors.

Kuwait Country Risk

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Core Views We expect the Kuwaiti economy to perform relatively well over 2014, and retain our forecast for real GDP growth of 2.9%, from an estimated 3.0% in 2013. After a long period of...

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Kuwait Industry Coverage (18)

Autos

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BMI believes that Kuwait continues to represent one of the more attractive autos markets of the Gulf region as we enter 2014, with good positive growth potential in both the volume and high-end...

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Commercial Banking

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Commercial Banking Sector Indicators Date Total assets Client loans Bond portfolio Other Liabilities and capital Capital Client deposits Other...

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Consumer Electronics

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BMI View: Strong private consumption levels, plus access to the latest technologies offer promise in the Kuwaiti market. Kuwait also has a relatively high GDP per capita, mainly fuelled by its...

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Defence & Security

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BMI's Kuwait Defence & Security Report for Q114 examines the country's strategic position in the Middle East and globally. Kuwait continues to have a close defence relationship with the US and...

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Food & Drink

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BMI View: We maintain a positive outlook for the Kuwaiti food and drink industry, as rapid wage growth, easy access to consumer credit and supportive fiscal policies are expected to spur household...

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Freight Transport

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Kuwait's ports have struggled to recover the volumes they enjoyed prior to the global economic downturn, but BMI expects that growth will continue over the medium term. If there are continued...

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Information Technology

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BMI View: At approximately US$ 84,000 Kuwait had one of the highest GDP per capita rates at the end of 2013, with only 2% of its population residing in rural areas. As a result we are...

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Infrastructure

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BMI View: Work on Kuwait's extensive infrastructure investment programme has been subject to various delays in recent years, but we are starting to see good progress being made. C laims of...

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Insurance

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BMI View: As of late 2013, the over powering impression given by Kuwait's (overwhelmingly non-life) insurance sector remains one of stagnation.In theory, Kuwait should be home to one of the...

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Oil & Gas

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BMI View: Despite abundant below ground potential, Kuwait looks set to continue underperforming as its business environment outweighs the lure of its remaining below ground resources. We expect...

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Petrochemicals

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No major expansion is expected in the Kuwaiti petrochemical sector until 2017 when Olefins III will boost ethylene capacity to 3.1mn tonnes per annum (tpa), while polyethylene will nearly double to 1...

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Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare

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BMI View: With the Kuwaiti government's continued commitment to austerity, spending on healthcare provision for expatriate workers ( which form s nearly two-thirds of its population ) is...

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Power

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BMI View: Gas-fired electricity generation will make up the bulk of Kuwait's planned investment in new generating capacity over the coming years , with plans to move towards nuclear energy having...

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Real Estate

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BMI View: We believe the real estate sector in Kuwait will see some increases in rental costs due to a reduction of oversupply in the office and retail sub - sectors. However, without a...

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Retail

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BMI View: The Kuwaiti retail sector is set to continue to grow over the next few years, with a favourable long-term economic outlook, a sophisticated consumer base and high levels of disposable...

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Shipping

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What bodes well for Kuwait's container ports is our macroeconomic outlook for the country, where high oil prices in recent years have translated into increased spending by the Kuwaiti government....

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Telecommunications

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BMI View: Kuwaiti government policy is impacting the telecoms market after it c lamp ed down on expatriate workers in 2013, with plans to cut its 1.8mn expatriates by 100,000 annually over the...

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Water

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BMI View: Despite being one of the world's most arid countries, Kuwait has one of the world's highest per capita water consumption levels. BMI believes this trend will continue over the forecast...

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