The World Bank has been a strong partner to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries for over 40 years. Governments in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have mobilized the Bank’s global knowledge and development experience through technical assistance programs over the years.
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October 31, 2016 — The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are the two top ranking Middle East and North Africa countries and two of the top ten global improvers, according to the Doing Business 2017 global rankings released recently.
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August 17, 2016 — World Bank presented its first course on current trends in public procurement reform, sharing its experiences in regional and international procurement reform with 30, high-level government officials from 11 countries in the region.
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Oil prices have risen from January lows, although they remain low versus historical levels. With their high dependence on the oil sector, the prolonged period of low oil prices continues to have detrimental impacts on GCC economies.
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