Standard Chartered expects Qatar’s economy to grow 3% this year


Doha – Mubasher: Standard Chartered expected Qatar’s economy to grow by 3% this year as the easing of a three-year-old regional dispute will help trade, tourism, and logistics, Reuters reported. The British lender had revised its previous 2.1% growth estimate. On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies agreed to end a boycott imposed since mid-2017 over allegations that Qatar supports terrorism, charges it has denied. Standard Chartered added the UAE lifting restrictions on trade and travel to Qatar could help the UAE’s trade recovery, as it will lead to less trade and transit volume via Oman’s port and airport.

“Regionally, the boost to consumer and investor sentiment and lower perceived geopolitical risk may contribute positively to economic outcomes, particularly ahead of significant events such as EXPO 2020, set to be hosted by Dubai in October 2021, and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha,” it continued. Qatar’s foreign reserves continued to rise for the 34th successive month in December 2020, growing by 3.33% on a yearly basis to reach QR 204.75 billion ($56.74 billion), according to recent data from the Qatar more...