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    Banking and Finance
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    The Arab banking sector continues to contribute significantly to the growth of Arab economies. The consolidated assets of the Arab banking sector amounted to around USD 3.4 trillion by mid- 2018, making up about 140 percent of the region’s GDP. While the total deposits of the Arab banking sector amounted to USD 2.1 trillion – the equivalent of 87 percent of the size of the Arab economy.
    Bank concentration
    Libya - 2017
    Account at a financial institution, age group 15+, female
    Iraq - 2017
    Bank net interest margin
    Jordan - 2017

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    Demography
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    The population in the Arab countries has been increasing over the past decades. The Arab region is currently home to 436.4 million inhabitants, growing from 222.7 million in 1990. Today, the Arab population represents .6 percent of the world population with 80 percent of the region’s population being concentrated in eight countries: Egypt, Algeria, Sudan, Iraq, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Syria. The population in the Arab Region is relatively young, with adolescents and youth aged 10 to 24 years representing a quarter of the total population
    Urban population growth
    Palestine - 2019
    Age dependency ratio
    Djibouti - 2018
    Urban population growth, annual
    Mauritania - 2018

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    Education
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    The Arab region has registered a remarkable trend of growing gains in educational attainment and more equitable access to formal education since the beginning of the millennium. School enrolment and literacy rates in the region have increased, with impressive progress towards gender parity in enrolment. Yet, with political instability and humanitarian crisis starting 2011, access to education has been a challenge and the quality of education has negatively affected youth.
    Pupil-teacher ratio, primary
    Jordan - 2018
    Proportion of children under 5 years of age who are developmentally on track in health, learning and psychosocial well-being
    Qatar - 2012
    Proportion of schools with access to electricity, primary
    United Arab Emirates - 2017

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    Energy
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    The energy sector, which consists of all the activities involved in the production, transformation and sale of energy, including the petroleum, gas, electricity, coal, nuclear power, and renewable energy industries, is one of the main drivers of socio-economic development. In other words, hydrocarbon resources play an important role in the development and economic growth of countries with large reserves of oil and gas, alongside the rising importance of renewable sources and the increasing efforts to implement the Paris Agreement.
    Access to electricity, rural, percent of rural population
    United Arab Emirates - 2018
    Proportion of population with primary reliance on clean fuels and technology
    Morocco - 2017
    Renewable energy consumption, percent of total final energy consumption
    Comoros - 2015

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    Environment
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    The quality of the environment is the basis for socio-economic development. The environment state in the Arab region has been facing critical challenges, as it remains among those most affected by the repercussions of climate change, particularly sea level rise and drought, which also have dire consequences on food security. While certain countries have witnessed progress, others, mainly countries facing political unrest and instability, face critical environmental threats in terms of water management, desertification, air pollution, and biodiversity loss.
    Average proportion of Mountain Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) covered by protected areas
    Lebanon - 2019
    PM2.5 air pollution, population exposed to levels exceeding WHO guideline value, percent of total
    Morocco - 2017
    Compliance with the Rotterdam Convention on hazardous waste and other chemicals
    Qatar - 2020

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    Gender
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    Women in the Arab region make up almost half of the total population. However, and despite the improvements, a deep gender gap continues to hold back the region. Aside from the life expectancy and education attainment, men outpace women in nearly all human development sectors, including labor market participation, political participation, economic empowerment, and access to justice.
    Firms with female participation in ownership, percent of firms
    Syria - 2009
    Women in ministerial level positions
    Lebanon - 2019
    Women in ministerial level positions
    Algeria - 2019

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    Governance
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    The mechanisms, processes and institutions through which resources are managed and delivered largely affect the outcome of national sustainable development plans at many levels. It is difficult to offer an overall assessment of the status of good governance for the Arab region, but different measurement initiatives by various credible institutions contribute to shedding light on economic and corporate governance.
    Positive public opinion about the current government’s performance in addressing educational needs
    Jordan - 2016
    Percentage of people who think that representatives in the legislature are involved in corruption
    Algeria - 2016
    Firms expected to give gifts in meetings with tax officials, percent of firms
    Lebanon - 2019

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    Health
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    Health is one of the main pillars of development. Societies that suffer from diseases and epidemics cannot progress far in the development process. Better health contributes to well-being, sustainable development and economic growth. While the third goal of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) explicitly focuses on health, there are at least 5 other goals that are health-related.
    The Arab region has achieved remarkable improvement in the health sector as a result of technological innovations and human ingenuity. For instance, life expectancy increased from 47 years in 1960 to 72 years in 2019, compared to a worldwide average life expectancy rising from 50 years in 1960 to 73 years during the same period. Furthermore, under-five mortality rate in the Arab region has significantly decreased from an average of 81.2 per 1000 live births in 1990 to 37 per 1000 in 2017.
    Immunization, measles, percent of children ages 12-23 months
    Mauritania - 2018
    Anemia prevalence, percentage of pregnant women
    Iraq - 2016
    DTP3 vaccination coverage, percent of one-year-old children
    Comoros - 2018

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    I C T
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    Information and communications technology is considered a key enabler of economic and social development. Research estimates that during the last seven years (2010-2017), fixed broadband has had a significant impact on the world economy; an increase of 1 percent in fixed broadband penetration yields an increase in 0.08 percent in GDP. Mobile broadband has even proved to have a higher impact; an increase of 1 percent in mobile broadband penetration yields an increase in 0.15 percent in GDP
    LinkedIn penetration
    Kuwait - 2012
    Proportion of businesses using the Internet for providing customer services, micro-enterprises, 0-9 employees
    Oman - 2011
    Proportion of businesses with an Intranet, large enterprises, 250+ employees
    Oman - 2011

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    Labor and Employment
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    Demographic trends and natural resources have long affected the Arab region’s labor market. With the protracted conflicts that hit the region since 2011, major repercussions have been witnessed in several Arab countries, such as Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Palestine and Lebanon. Recently, more emergent challenges are facing the Arab region resulting from the fluctuating oil prices and Coronavirus outbreak along with different structural challenges in the economies. Despite the widening disparities, the Arab countries continue to share common labor market features and face similar challenges. The challenges that mark the labor market are in general related to low labor force participation, especially among women, high unemployment rates, especially among youth, large but decreasing shares of public sector employment, and high prevalence of informal employment. 
    Unemployment rate, age group 65-69
    Lebanon - 2007
    Unemployment rate by education, less than basic, age group 15+
    Tunisia - 2015
    Unemployment distribution by duration of unemployment, more than 3 years
    Tunisia - 2013

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    Macroeconomy
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    Macroeconomic performance across the Arab countries tend to diverge between major oil exporting countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and other countries in the region, especially those inflicted by conflict. In recent years, heightened social unrest, political uncertainty and violent armed conflicts have contributed to a pronounced deterioration in the macroeconomic performance in a handful of countries including Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and Palestine, and given that almost 29 million people, equivalent to 7.1 percent of the population, being forcibly displaced in 2017. With the oil price shock in 2014, several countries have had to take measures to maintain fiscal budgets under control, privatize national assets and facilitate private sector development away from the oil industry. However, despite recent modest growth, fiscal deficits are slowly declining, leading to a sharp increase in government debts.
    Tax revenues, percentage of GDP
    Palestine - 2016
    Total value added, industry: manufacturing, as percentage of GDP
    Syria - 2018
    Total government expenditures, percentage of GDP
    Palestine - 2016

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    Poverty
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    The Arab region witnessed an improvement in its Human Development Index (HDI), from 0.613 in 2000 to 0.699 in 2017, but it remained below the world average of 0.728. Despite this positive overall trend in human development, poverty remains one of the paramount challenges and major impediments to inclusive development in the region, and that’s why “Ending poverty in all its forms everywhere” was considered a top priority in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
    Poverty gap at $3.20 a day, 2011 PPP, percentage of population
    Iraq - 2012
    Extreme poverty headcount ratio at national poverty line, as a percentage of the population, rural
    Djibouti - 2002
    Income share held by lowest 10%
    Palestine - 2016

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    Trade
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    Arab countries’ total share of world exports has doubled since 2000, reaching 7% in 2014. Fuel exports, representing the vast majority of exports in the oil-producing countries, amounted to 73% of the region’s merchandise in 2015. When excluding fuel, the Arab region’s non-oil exports made up 2% of the world exports in 2013 up from 1% in 2000.
    Annual average growth rate of imports
    Palestine - 2018
    Tariff applied, imports duty free, most favoured nation
    Qatar - 2016
    Travel services, percentage of commercial service imports
    Egypt - 2018

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    Water and Food Security
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    In most Arab countries, water has become a critical natural resource. Most countries in the region are classified as arid or semiarid or, receiving less than 250 mm of rainfall annually. Renewable water resources per inhabitant reached 736 m3 in 2014, compared to a world average of about 6,000 m3 per inhabitant, placing 13 out of 22 Arab countries in the category of severe water scarcity at less than 500 m3 per capita.
    People using at least basic drinking water services, percent of population
    Saudi Arabia - 2017
    Degree of integrated water resources management implementation
    Morocco - 2018
    Agricultural land, percentage of land area
    Morocco - 2016

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    Youth
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    Adolescents and youth (10-24 years old) in the Arab region currently account for nearly third of the total population. They are the agents of change, who have the potential to build a more prosperous and resilient future for themselves and their communities. Unleashing this potential requires urgent and significant investments to create opportunities for meaningful learning, social engagement and work opportunities, all of which are currently limited, especially for adolescents and youth, including young women, refugees and persons with special needs.
    Percentage of volunteers, age group 25-30
    United Arab Emirates - 2017
    Percentage of volunteers, age group 20-25
    United Arab Emirates - 2017
    Percentage of volunteers, age group 15-19
    United Arab Emirates - 2017

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