The surprise voluntary oil output cut by OPEC+ will directly shave 1-2%-pts off GDP growth in the region’s members this year, which has prompted us to revise down our 2023 GDP growth forecasts. That said, the bump to oil prices should provide greater scope for Gulf states to loosen fiscal policy and support non-oil sectors. The recently-released Q4 labour market figures out of Saudi Arabia highlight that the Kingdom’s efforts to improve female labour force participation are proving successful. Elsewhere, Morocco’s latest IMF deal should accelerate the shift to a more flexible exchange rate underpinned by an inflation-targeting framework.
EM Drop-In (6th Apr.): Our latest EM online briefing is all about the risks around the recent bank turmoil, including potential economic spill-overs and the state of EM bank balance sheets. Register now.
Become a client to read more
This is premium content that requires an active Capital Economics subscription to view.
Already have an account?
You may already have access to this premium content as part of a paid subscription.
Sign in to read the content in full or get details of how you can access it
Register for free
Sign up for a free account to gain:
- Unlock additional content
- Register for Capital Economics events
- Receive email updates and economist-curated newsletters
- Request a free trial of our services