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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.
    Account ownership at a financial institution or with a mobile-money-service provider, secondary education or more, percent of population ages 15+
    Morocco - 2017
    Non-performing loans to total gross loans for banks
    United Arab Emirates - 2018
    Banks Interest rate spread
    undefined - 2016

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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
    Rural population, percent of total population
    Libya - 2018
    Refugees, by country of residence, percent of population
    Libya - 2019
    Rural population growth, five years
    Saudi Arabia - 2015

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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.
    Percentage of teachers with intermediate and above intermediate non-pedagogical qualifications, technical high school, public
    Egypt - 2015
    Percentage of teachers in pre-university education stages, pre-primary, male
    Egypt - 2019
    Percentage of teachers with excellent and higher non-pedagogical qualifications, industrial high school, female, public
    Egypt - 2015

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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.
    Renewable electricity output, percent of total electricity output
    Sudan - 2015
    Access to electricity, rural, percent of rural population
    Djibouti - 2018
    Access to electricity, rural, percent of rural population
    Morocco - 2018

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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.
    Compliance with the Basel Convention on hazardous waste and other chemicals
    Palestine - 2020
    Terrestrial protected areas, percent of total land area
    Palestine - 2018
    Proportion of forest area within legally established protected areas
    Yemen - 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.
    Women in ministerial level positions
    Somalia - 2019
    Firms with female top manager, percent of firms
    Egypt - 2016
    Women in ministerial level positions
    Palestine - 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 people who think that the government is working to crackdown on corruption and root out bribes
    Yemen - 2013
    Positive public opinion about government employees' awareness of citizens' needs
    Jordan - 2016
    Percentage of people who think that religious leaders are involved in corruption
    Libya - 2013

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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.
    Proportion of population spending more than 10 percent of household consumption or income on out-of-pocket health care expenditure
    Mauritania - 2014
    International Health Regulations (IHR) capacity by type of IHR capacity, SPAR03
    Comoros - 2019
    International Health Regulations (IHR) capacity by type of IHR capacity, SPAR09
    Saudi Arabia - 2019

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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 interacting with general government organizations, all enterprises
    Lebanon - 2011
    Proportion of businesses receiving orders over the Internet, Financial and insurance activities
    Qatar - 2015
    Proportion of businesses receiving orders over the Internet, enterprises, more than 10 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 70+
    Lebanon - 2007
    Employment distribution by sector, private
    Mauritania - 2008
    Employment distribution, age group 15-34
    Morocco - 2016

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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.
    Agriculture share of Government Expenditure
    Egypt - 2018
    General government final consumption expenditure, as percentage of GDP
    Lebanon - 2018
    Gross fixed capital formation, annual growth rate
    Jordan - 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.
    Income share held by lowest 10%
    Comoros - 2014
    Extreme poverty headcount ratio at national poverty line, as a percentage of the population
    Egypt - 2015
    Total government spending on social protection, percentage of government expenditure
    Oman - 2017

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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.
    Tariff applied, maximum duty, most favoured nation
    Mauritania - 2018
    Non-tariff measures, frequency index by sector, agriculture
    Qatar - 2019
    Non-tariff measures, frequency index by measure, price control
    United Arab Emirates - 2019

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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.
    Population supplied by water supply industry
    Bahrain - 2015
    Prevalence of undernourishment, percent of population
    Egypt - 2017
    Prevalence of undernourishment, female headed households
    Sudan - 2009

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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 15-19
    United Arab Emirates - 2017
    Percentage of volunteers, age group 25-30
    United Arab Emirates - 2017
    Percentage of volunteers, age group 20-25
    United Arab Emirates - 2017

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