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MENAFN - Qatar News Agency - 18/02/2014
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(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Saudi Arabia has been one of the best performing G20 economies in recent years with real GDP growth averaging 5.9 percent per annum during 2008-13.

The authorities recently announced their 2014 state budget plan, projecting another expansionary budget to continue the process of diversifying the econom

Based on a conservative oil price assumption of 80 per barrel, government revenues and expenditures are expected to be 228 billion in 201

The budget includes substantial additional outlays for education, health and infrastructure, despite expected declines in oil revenues, Arab News daily reported. The nonoil private sector is expected to be the key driver of growth in 2014, boosted by large public sector infrastructure investment and the rapidly growing population, the newspaper sai

Nonoil growth grew by a robust 5.0 percent year-on-year in 2013 as consecutive years of elevated government spending lifted business and consumer confidence and banks' comfort in lendin

In terms of sectors, the budget announcement indicated that the fastest growing sectors in 2013 were the construction (8.1 percent), the transport and communication (7.2 percent), as well as the retail sector (6.1 percent

The nonoil sector is expected to continue growing strongly this year reflecting government-led infrastructure project

The near-term KSA macroeconomic outlook is positive with a small recovery in oil production lifting real GDP growth to 4.4 percent in 2014, reported the newspaper


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