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Oil price fall unjustified but set to continue: Kuwait      KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait said Tuesday that the sharp fall in world oil prices is unjustified but that the market may not improve before the second half of this year."Nobody can justify the drop now," Oil Minister Ali al-Omair told reporters as prices slid towards six-year lows.Omair attributed the slide to a production glut of around 1.8 million barrels per day combined with a slowdown in global economic growth."We expect this situation to continue until the surplus on the market is absorbed and the world economy improves. Forecasts indicate that this will not happen before the second half of 2015," he said.World prices have been falling since June but the pace of the slide accelerated in November when the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decided to maintain its production unchanged at 30 million barrels per day.OPEC members Algeria, Iran, and Venezuela have since called for action to shore up ...

OPEC cannot protect oil price ABU DHABI: OPEC cannot protect world oil prices which have plunged since June, the United Arab Emirates said on Tuesday, arguing that rising North American shale oil output needed to be curbed."We cannot continue to be protecting a certain price," UAE Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei said."We have seen the oversupply, coming primarily from shale oil, and that needed to be corrected," he told participants in the Gulf Intelligence UAE Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi.Oil prices ...
Tanzania cuts fuel prices, move may dampen inflation pressure DAR ES SALAAM: Tanzania's energy regulator cut fuel prices on Wednesday to reflect lower import costs, in a move likely to further ease inflationary pressures.Fuel prices are the second-biggest drivers of inflation in the east African nation after food prices. Year-on-year inflation fell for the third consecutive month to 5.8 percent in November from 5.9 percent the previous month.The state-run Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) cut the price of petrol in the commercial ...
UAE oil minister says oversupply may last months or years DUBAI: Oil market oversupply may last months or even years, but prices could recover if non-OPEC producers "act rationally", the United Arab Emirates (UAE) oil minister said in remarks published on Wednesday.The comment by Suhail bin Mohammed al-Mazrouei in an interview with The National daily echoed recent calls by core Gulf Arab OPEC members such as Saudi Arabia that non-OPEC producers should curb planned increases in output to help prop up sagging prices."We are experiencing ...
Oil weighs on Gulf but Saudi cuts losses on late buying DUBAI: Gulf stock markets extended their losses on Tuesday as Brent crude plunged for a second session in a row and the threat of a fresh euro zone crisis in Greece also prompted investors to sell risky assets globally.Brent crude touched a fresh 5-1/2-year low at $51.23 a barrel on oversupply concerns. MSCI's emerging market index fell 1.0 percent to a three-week low.Saudi Arabia's main index dropped as much as 4.0 percent in a broad ...
Gulf markets fall after oil plunge; Dubai tumbles DUBAI: Gulf stock markets fell in early trade on Tuesday after Brent crude plunged 5 percent a day earlier and the threat of a fresh euro zone crisis in Greece also prompted investors to sell risk assets globally. Dubai's index tumbled 5.3 percent in a broad sell-off. Emaar Properties, Dubai's largest listed developer, topped trading volume as it lost 8.1 percent. However, shares in low-cost carrier Air Arabia bucked the trend and jumped 2.0 percent ...
West Africa Crude-Nigerian steady near multi-year low LONDON: Nigerian crude differentials were steady on Friday close to multi-year lows, pressured by a large quantity of unsold cargoes for loading in early 2015 and ample global supply. The premium for Qua Iboe, Nigeria's biggest crude stream, was assessed at dated Brent plus 35 cents on Dec. 30, the lowest since 2005 according to Reuters data, and at dated plus 40 cents on Friday. Trade was thin as many market participants are not returning ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.795 bln
Exports $1.995 bln
Imports $3.790 bln
WeeklyMay 26, 2015
Reserves $17.749 bln