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Economy of Saudi Arabia

Economy of Saudi Arabia
Economy of Saudi Arabia Currency Fiscal year Trade organisations Statistics GDP GDP growth GDP per capita GDP by sector $600.4 billion (2008 est.) 6% (2008 est.) $21,300 (2008 est.) agriculture: 3.1% industry: 61.6% services: 35.4% (2008 est.) 10.3% (2008 est.) 6.74 million (2008 est.) note: about one-third of the population in the 15-64 age group is non-national agriculture: 6.7% industry: 21.4% services: 71.9% (2005 est.) 11.8% among Saudi males (2008 est.) crude oil production, petroleum refining, basic petrochemicals, ammonia, industrial gases, sodium hydroxide (caustic soda), cement, fertilizer, plastics, metals, commercial ship repair, commercial aircraft repair, construction [2007] Saudi Riyal (SAR) Calendar year WTO,OPEC Gross External Debt Public finances Public Debt Revenues Expenses Economic aid 17.7% of GDP (2008 est.) $205 billion (2008) $146 billion (2008) (Donor) $100 million in 1993 to Lebanon; since 2000, Saudi Arabia has committed $307 million to Palestinians; pledged $240 million to Afghanistan; pledged $1 billion in export guarantees and soft loans to Iraq. Main import partners US 12.6%, China 9.4%, Germany 8.8%, Japan 8.1%, Italy 5%, South Korea 4.9%, UK 4.5% (2007) $71.56 billion (31 December 2008 est.)

Inflation (CPI) Labour force

Labour force by occupation Unemployment Main industries

Main data source: CIA World Fact Book All values, unless otherwise stated, are in US dollars

External Exports Export goods Main export partners $329.7 billion f.o.b. (2008 est.) petroleum and petroleum products 90% US 17.1%, Japan 16.3%, South Korea 9.7%, China 8.1%, Taiwan 4.7%, Singapore 4% (2007) $107.4 billion f.o.b. (2008 est.) machinery and equipment, foodstuffs, chemicals, motor vehicles, textiles

Graph of Top Oil Producing Counties, including Saudi Arabia Production [1] Saudi Arabia has an oil-based economy with strong government control over major economic activities. Saudi Arabia possesses 25% of the world’s proven petroleum

Imports Import goods

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Year Domestic Product 1980 546,602 1985 376,318 1990 437,334 1995 533,504 2000 706,657 2005 1,152,600 US Dollar Exchange 3.59 Saudi Arabian Riyals 3.62 Saudi Arabian Riyals 3.74 Saudi Arabian Riyals 3.74 Saudi Arabian Riyals 3.74 Saudi Arabian Riyals 3.74 Saudi Arabian Riyals

Economy of Saudi Arabia
Inflation Index (2000=100) 95 92 91 101 100 100

reserves, ranks as the largest exporter of petroleum, and plays a leading role in OPEC. Saudi Arabia’s economy is a centrally planned economy. Private enterprises do exist, they are however regulated by the Saudi government.

estimated by the International Monetary Fund with figures in millions of Saudi Arabian Riyals. For purchasing power parity comparisons, the US Dollar is exchanged at 3.41 Saudi Arabian Riyals only. Average wages in 2007 hover around $76–92 per day.

Economic overview
The petroleum sector accounts for roughly 45% of budget revenues, 45% of GDP, and 90% of export earnings. About 40% of GDP comes from the private sector. Roughly five and a half million foreign workers play an important role in the Saudi economy, for example, in the oil and service sectors. The government is encouraging private sector growth to lessen the kingdom’s dependence on oil and increase employment opportunities for the swelling Saudi population. The government has begun to permit private sector and foreign investor participation in the power generation and telecom sectors. As part of its effort to attract foreign investment and diversify the economy, Saudi Arabia acceded to the WTO in 2005 after many years of negotiations. With high oil revenues enabling the government to post large budget surpluses, Riyadh has been able to substantially boost spending on job training and education, infrastructure development, and government salaries.

Oil industry
Oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia by U.S. geologists in the 1930s, although largescale production did not begin until after World War II. Oil wealth has made possible rapid economic development, which began in earnest in the 1960s and accelerated spectacularly in the 1970s, transforming the kingdom. Saudi oil reserves are the largest in the world, and Saudi Arabia is the world’s leading oil producer and exporter. Oil accounts for more than 90% of the country’s exports and nearly 75% of government revenues. Proven reserves are estimated to be 260 billion barrels (41 km³), about one-quarter of world oil reserves. More than 95% of all Saudi oil is produced on behalf of the Saudi Government by the parastatal giant Saudi Aramco. In June 1993, Saudi Aramco absorbed the state marketing and refining company (SAMAREC), becoming the world’s largest fully integrated oil company. Most Saudi oil exports move by tanker from Persian Gulf terminals at Ras Tanura and Ju’aymah. The remaining oil exports are transported via the east-west pipeline across the kingdom to the Red Sea port of Yanbu. A major new gas initiative promises to bring significant investment by U.S. and European oil companies to develop nonassociated gas fields in three separate parts of Saudi Arabia. Following final technical agreements with concession awardees in December 2001, development should begin in 2002. Due to a sharp rise in petroleum revenues in 1974 following the 1973 Arab-Israeli war,

Macro-economic trend
Current GDP per capita of Saudi Arabia soared by a world record-breaking 1,858% in the Seventies riding on the back of the global oil boom. However, this bubble was unsustainable and consequently the GDP per capita shrank by 58% in the Eighties. However successful diversification efforts helped register a growth of 20% in the Nineties. This is a chart of trend of gross domestic product of Saudi Arabia at market prices

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Saudi Arabia became one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. It enjoyed a substantial surplus in its overall trade with other countries; imports increased rapidly; and ample government revenues were available for development, defense, and aid to other Arab and Islamic countries. But higher oil prices led to development of more oil fields around the world and reduced global consumption. The result, beginning in the mid-1980s, was a worldwide oil glut, which introduced an element of planning uncertainty for the first time in a decade. Saudi oil production, which had increased to almost 10 million barrels (1.6 million m³) per day during 1980-81, dropped to about 2 million barrels/day (300,000 m³/day) in 1985. Budgetary deficits developed, and the government drew down its foreign assets. Responding to financial pressures, Saudi Arabia gave up its role as the "swing producer" within OPEC in the summer of 1985 and accepted a production quota. Since then, Saudi oil policy has been guided by a desire to maintain market and quota shares. However, beginning in late 1997, Saudi Arabia again faced the challenge of low oil prices. Due to a combination of factors--the East Asian economic crises, a warm winter in the West caused by El Niño, and an increase in non-OPEC oil production--demand for oil slowed and pulled oil prices down by more than one-third. Saudi Arabia was a key player in coordinating the successful 1999 campaign of OPEC and other oil-producing countries to raise the price of oil to its highest level since the Gulf War by managing production and supply of petroleum. That same year, Saudi Arabia established the Supreme Economic Council to formulate and better coordinate economic development policies in order to accelerate institutional and industrial reform.

Economy of Saudi Arabia
In recent years, Saudi Arabia sought to join the World Trade Organization. Negotiations have focused on the degree to which Saudi Arabia is willing to increase market access to foreign goods and services and the timeframe for becoming fully compliant with World Trade Organization obligations. In April 2000, the government established the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority to encourage foreign direct investment in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia maintains a "negative list" of sectors in which foreign investment is prohibited, but the government plans to open some closed sectors such as telecommunications, insurance, and power transmission/distribution over time. As of November 2005 , Saudi Arabia was officially approved to enter World Trade Organization.

Diversification
As of 2007, non-oil manufacturing contributed 10% to Saudi Arabian GDP and less than 6% of total employment. [1] Through 5-year development plans, the government has sought to allocate its petroleum income to transform its relatively undeveloped, oil-based economy into that of a modern industrial state while maintaining the kingdom’s traditional Islamic values and customs. Although economic planners have not achieved all their goals, the economy has progressed rapidly. Oil wealth has increased the standard of living of most Saudis. However, significant population growth has strained the government’s ability to finance further improvements in the country’s standard of living. Heavy dependence on petroleum revenue continues, but industry and agriculture now account for a larger share of economic activity. The mismatch between the job skills of Saudi graduates and the needs of the private job market at all levels remains the principal obstacle to economic diversification and development; about 4.6 million non-Saudis are employed in the economy. Saudi Arabia’s first two development plans, covering the 1970s, emphasized infrastructure. The results were impressive — the total length of paved highways tripled, power generation increased by a multiple of 28, and the capacity of the seaports grew tenfold. For the third plan (1980-85), the emphasis changed. Spending on infrastructure declined, but it rose markedly on education, health, and social services. The share for

Trade

Saudi Arabian exports in 2006

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diversifying and expanding productive sectors of the economy (primarily industry) did not rise as planned, but the two industrial cities of Jubail and Yanbu--built around the use of the country’s oil and gas to produce steel, petrochemicals, fertilizer, and refined oil products--were largely completed. In the fourth plan (1985-90), the country’s basic infrastructure was viewed as largely complete, but education and training remained areas of concern. Private enterprise was encouraged, and foreign investment in the form of joint ventures with Saudi public and private companies was welcomed. The private sector became more important, rising to 70% of non-oil GDP by 1987. While still concentrated in trade and commerce, private investment increased in industry, agriculture, banking, and construction companies. These private investments were supported by generous government financing and incentive programs. The objective was for the private sector to have 70% to 80% ownership in most joint venture enterprises. The fifth plan (1990-95) emphasized consolidation of the country’s defenses; improved and more efficient government social services; regional development; and, most importantly, creating greater private-sector employment opportunities for Saudis by reducing the number of foreign workers. The sixth plan (1996-2000) focused on lowering the cost of government services without cutting them and sought to expand educational training programs. The plan called for reducing the kingdom’s dependence on the petroleum sector by diversifying economic activity, particularly in the private sector, with special emphasis on industry and agriculture. It also continued the effort to "Saudiize" the labor force. The seventh plan (2000-2004) focuses more on economic diversification and a greater role of the private sector in the Saudi economy. For the period 2000-2004, the

Economy of Saudi Arabia
Saudi Government aims at an average GDP growth rate of 3.16% each year, with projected growths of 5.04% for the private sector and 4.01% for the non-oil sector. The government also has set a target of creating 817,300 new jobs for Saudi nationals. Advertising expenditures have reached new peaks due to emphasis on value-added manufacturing. (pdf)

Investment
The stock market capitalisation of listed companies in Saudi Arabia was valued at $646 billion in 2005 by the World Bank. [2]

ICT Services
Saudi Arabia is currently enjoying a massive boom in its personal computer industry since the deregulation of 2002. PC per capita has exploded to nearly 43% of the population in 2005 from just 13% in 2002 leapfrogging over the rest of West Asia. The electrical and electronics market was estimated to be around $3.5 billion in 2004. [3] The e-commerce market was estimated at just over $1 billion in 2001. (pdf)

References
[1] http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/aer/pdf/ pages/sec11_10.pdf

See also
• List of Saudi Arabian companies • Irrigation in Saudi Arabia

External links
• Saudi Arabia entry at The World Factbook • Saudi Arabia Economic Development at the Open Directory Project

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