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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.
    Broad money to GDP
    Oman - 2017
    Central bank assets to GDP
    Iraq - 2017
    Islamic banks Return on Equity
    Sudan - 2019

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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
    Urbanization rate, five years
    Sudan - 2015
    Urban population growth, five years
    Jordan - 2015
    Urban population, percent of total population
    Tunisia - 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.
    Net enrollment rate, primary, private
    Kuwait - 2018
    Percentage of teachers with excellent and higher pedagogical qualifications, commercial high school, male, public
    Egypt - 2015
    Proportion of students in Grade 2 or 3 achieving at least a minimum proficiency level in reading
    United Arab Emirates - 2016

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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.
    Proportion of population with primary reliance on clean fuels and technology
    Qatar - 2016
    Access to electricity, urban, percent of urban population
    Comoros - 2012
    Renewable electricity output, percent of total electricity output
    Yemen - 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.
    Nationally derived quality of open water bodies
    Morocco - 2017
    Proportion of groundwater bodies with good ambient water quality
    Lebanon - 2017
    Terrestrial protected areas, percent of total land area
    Algeria - 2018

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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 top manager, percent of firms
    Iraq - 2011
    Proportion of seats held by women in national parliaments
    Egypt - 2015
    Female share of employment in managerial positions, total management
    Comoros - 2014

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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.
    Percentage of firms expected to give gifts to get a water connection
    Tunisia - 2013
    Positive public opinion about the current government’s performance in creating employment opportunities
    Sudan - 2018
    Percentage of firms expected to give gifts to get an electrical connection
    Palestine - 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.
    Prevalence of insufficient physical activity among adults aged 18+
    Saudi Arabia - 2016
    Vaccination coverage, polio, age group 0-11 months, dose 3
    Mauritania - 2015
    Proportion of the target population covered by all vaccines included in their national programme
    Iraq - 2007

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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
    Proportion of businesses using the Internet for getting information from general government organizations, small enterprises, 10-49 employees
    Oman - 2011
    Proportion of businesses with a web presence, Accommodation and food service activities
    Egypt - 2016
    Teachers trained to teach subject(s) using ICT facilities, primary, female
    Oman - 2012

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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+
    Saudi Arabia - 2017
    Unemployment rate by education, intermediate, age group 15+
    Yemen - 2014
    Unemployment rate by education, illiterate
    Tunisia - 2017

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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.
    GDP annual growth rate, constant prices
    Saudi Arabia - 2019
    Proportion of GDP directly attributed to direct tourism
    Egypt - 2015
    Interest payments received, percentage of total revenues
    Morocco - 2018

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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 headcount ratio at $3.20 a day, 2011 PPP, as a percentage of the population
    Syria - 2004
    Poverty headcount ratio at national poverty line, as a percentage of the population, urban
    Syria - 2007
    Poverty headcount ratio at national poverty line, as a percentage of the population, urban
    Djibouti - 2002

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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.
    Exports, food, percentage of merchandise exports
    Mauritania - 2017
    Trade in services, percentage of GDP
    Djibouti - 2018
    Tariff applied, trade weighted average duty, most favoured nation
    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.
    Degree of integrated water resources management implementation
    Libya - 2018
    Proportion of population using improved water supplies, accessible on premises
    Yemen - 2015
    Food imports, percentage of total merchandise exports, 3-year average
    Djibouti - 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 15-19
    United Arab Emirates - 2017
    Percentage of volunteers, age group 20-25
    United Arab Emirates - 2017

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