Rating agencies have upgraded the Saudi economy to a “positive” and steady outlook.

They affirmed that the structural reforms have been reflected in the tangible progress in financial improvement and the assistance of diversification policies, particularly in the non-oil sector.

S&ampP International Ratings upgraded its credit report for Saudi Arabia, raising its extended and brief-term foreign and regional currency sovereign credit ratings to ‘A/A-1’ with a steady outlook, according to its current report.

The agency indicated in its report that this rating upgrade is a outcome of the Kingdom’s considerable reforms efforts in current years and its realization of structural improvements that contributed to supporting a sustained improvement of the non-oil sector, in addition to enhancing public finance management and preserving a balanced public debt level.

The agency highlighted the robust actual GDP development of eight.7 % in 2022, the highest amongst the G-20 economies. It expects moderate financial development, averaging two.six % in 2023-2026 with GDP/capita averaging $31,500 (drastically above pre-pandemic levels).

The agency forecasts the non-oil sector to stay robust via 2026 due to service sector development supported by considerable ongoing social reforms and female workforce participation.

It also anticipated the continuity of fiscal surpluses via 2024 (right after reaching two.five % of GDP in 2022).

The report indicated that inflation in the Kingdom is reasonably low compared to its peers. It is anticipated that it will stay below handle thanks to the government efforts in subsidizing fuel and meals, as nicely as the currency peg to the US dollar.

Rating agency Moody’s changed its outlook on the Kingdom to “optimistic” from “steady” and reaffirmed its “A1” rating.

The rating is primarily based on Moody’s assessment of the government’s track record of fiscal policy effectiveness and the extensive regulatory and financial reforms that will assistance the sustainability of the financial diversification efforts more than the medium and extended term.

These include things like the reforms and investments in different non-hydrocarbon sectors that will decrease the Kingdom’s reliance on hydrocarbons more than time.

The agency also lauded the vital part of the government-sponsored diversification projects and initiatives, supported by private sector investment, and their optimistic influence on financial development and enhanced outlook rating.

Moody’s report is a validation of the Kingdom’s fiscal policies as element of its Vision 2030 applications, and maintaining debt at a moderate level, which is decrease than most similarly rated sovereign debts, providing robust fiscal buffers and a competitive position in the worldwide power marketplace.

Saudi Arabia posted a price range surplus of 103.9 billion riyals ($27.68 billion) in 2022 for the 1st time in a decade, the finance ministry mentioned at the starting of March.

Saudi Arabia’s revenues in 2022 reached 1.27 trillion riyals ($338 billion), an boost of 31 % compared to 2021, according to the information released by the ministry.

Saudi Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan explained final week for the duration of the Economic Sector Conference that the Kingdom has robust financial and monetary foundations, with an typical inflation price of two.five % in 2022. This figure is 1 of the lowest amongst G20 nations.

In addition, non-oil revenues reached 35 % of expenditures in 2022.

GDP development in 2022 was supported by healthful development in non-oil GDP, which amounted to five.four %, the minister added.

“The Female participation price in the labor marketplace is now 37 %. Consumption is robust and household ownership has grown to a record 62 %,” he mentioned.

Al-Jadaan mentioned that the Saudi Privatization System has a pipeline of more than 200 projects in 17 targeted sectors, building tremendous possibilities for investors.

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