KUWAIT CITY, 5 January – KUWAIT CITY, Jan 4: Kamco Invest said the financial performance of the Gulf countries last year recorded a surplus of about $151.1 billion in 2022 but will decline to $125 billion in 2023, reports Al-Rai daily.
Kamco Invest reported in charts that summarized the most important economic developments in the GCC countries during the past year, under the title “Gulf Countries: 2022 – The Year That Has Elapsed”, that the oil price breakeven for Kuwait’s budget amounted to $56.7 per barrel in 2022, expecting that it will rise to $57.8 a barrel in 2023, coming in second place in the Gulf with the lowest parity price, after Qatar, whose budget oil price reached $48.1 in 2022 and is likely to reach $49.9 this year.
It expects the real GDP of the Gulf countries to grow by about 6.5 per cent last year, with 10.5 per cent of oil output and 4 per cent of non-oil output. of oil output and 3.7 per cent of non-oil output, reports a local Arabic daily. Kamco Invest reported that the value traded on Gulf stock exchanges declined by 13.1 per cent from $790 billion in 2021 to $687 billion in 2022, while the value traded on the Kuwait Stock Exchange amounted to about 49 billion last year, an increase of 9.8 per cent from its level in 2021 of 45 billion.
The sources explained that the assets of the Gulf banking sector amounted to $2.993 trillion until September 2022, an increase of 5.69 per cent compared to its level at the end of 2021 of $2.832 trillion. Kuwaiti banks ranked fourth in the Gulf, with assets amounting to $264 billion at the end of last September, recording an increase of 3.53 per cent, compared to 255 billion at the end of 2021. The sources indicated that the total fixed income issuances in the markets of the Gulf countries decreased by about 41 per cent, from $145.5 billion in 2021 to $85.8 billion in 2022, as Gulf government sukuk issuances fell from 35.3 to 29.5 billion, while government bond issuances declined from 33.3 to 16.6 billion. Corporate sukuk issues decreased from 22.2 to 16.9 billion, and corporate bonds from 54.7 to 22.7 billion dollars. — Arab Times