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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Media reports suggest that Kuwaiti new car sales grew by 7% year-on-year over H114. Consequently, BMI is happy to maintain its forecast of 8% growth for the full year this quarter. We continue to...

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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:   Kuwait i nationals enjoy among the highest incomes in the world, and have demonstrated a propensity to spend on luxury items in the consumer electronics market. High-status and...

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Defence & Security

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BMI View: Kuwait continues to have a close defence relationship with the US and has reportedly increased the number of service personnel receiving training in foreign academies. June 2013 witnessed...

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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 support household...

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Freight Transport

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BMI expects robust growth at Kuwaiti ports over the medium term, though the upcoming launch of the new Mubarak al-Kabir facility offers risk to our outlook. If there are continued instances of...

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Information Technology

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BMI View: T he IT market in Kuwait is forecast to continue expanding each year over our medium term forecast to 2018, and it will remain one of the most lucrative markets in the region in per...

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Infrastructure

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BMI View: We are maintaining our view for modest positive growth within Kuwait's construction sector this quarter, with our 2015 forecast for year-on-year growth standing at 3.8%. Despite plenty...

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Insurance

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BMI View:   As of mid-2014, it appears to us that premiums in Kuwait's under-developed insurance sector continue to grow at rather pedestrian single-digit rates. For now, we continue to expect...

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Oil & Gas

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BMI View:   The Kuwaiti government's dominant role in the oil and gas sectors   is   still the main challenge   to private investment , and by extension, greater efficiency in th e sectors...

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Petrochemicals

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While Kuwait's Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC) plans to increase its petrochemical income to make up more than 50% of the country's non-oil income, BMI's latest Kuwait Petrochemicals Report...

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Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare

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BMI View: Despite upcoming by-elections , Kuwait's economy is forecast to post moderate growth in 2014, and the prospects for consumption remain bright. While price harmonisation across the...

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Power

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BMI View:   Kuwait's first public-private p artnership for the construction of the 1.5GW al-Zour power plant and desalination plant has the potential to set a precedent for greater private...

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Real Estate

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BMI View: BMI retains a largely positive outlook for the real estate sector in Kuwait. A strengthening private sector means demand for commercial real estate will continue to grow over 2014-2015...

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Retail

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BMI View: Our f orecast that Kuwait will achieve real GDP growth of 2.9% in 2014 and 2.7% in 2015 makes the country a strong retail market. While the ARA index of consumer confidence has...

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Shipping

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BMI View:   What bode s well for Kuwait's container ports is our macroec onomic outlook for the country . H igh oil prices in recent years have translated into increased spending by the...

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Telecommunications

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BMI View: T he Kuwaiti telecoms market remains one of the most attractive in MENA , with high incomes supporting demand for high value services in both the wireless and wireline markets....

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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. While the government is looking at other alternatives...

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