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

They confirmed that structural reforms have been reflected in tangible progress in financial improvement and assistance for diversification policies, in particular in the non-oil sector.

S&P International Ratings upgraded its credit report on Saudi Arabia, raising its lengthy-term and brief-term foreign and neighborhood currency sovereign credit ratings to “A/A-1” with a steady outlook, it stated in a current report.

The agency stated in its report that this rating enhance is the outcome of the Kingdom’s considerable reform efforts in current years and the implementation of structural improvements that contributed to supporting the sustainable improvement of the non-oil sector, in addition to enhancing public monetary management and keeping a balanced level of public debt.

The agency highlighted robust genuine GDP development of eight.7 % in 2022, the highest amongst the G-20 economies. Moderate financial development is anticipated, averaging two.six % more than 2023-2026, with GDP per capita averaging $31,500 (considerably above pre-pandemic levels).

The agency predicts that the non-oil sector will stay robust by way of 2026 due to the development of the service sector supported by considerable ongoing social reforms and the participation of girls in the workforce.

He also anticipated fiscal surpluses to continue till 2024 (following reaching two.five % of GDP in 2022).

The report indicated that inflation in the Kingdom is reasonably low compared to other nations. It is anticipated to stay beneath manage thanks to government efforts to subsidize fuel and meals, as effectively as pegging the currency to the US dollar.

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

The rating is primarily based on Moody’s assessment of the government’s functionality in terms of fiscal policy effectiveness and complete regulatory and financial reforms that will assistance the sustainability of financial diversification efforts in the medium and lengthy term.

This contains reforms and investments in different non-hydrocarbon sectors that will lower the Kingdom’s reliance on hydrocarbons more than time.

The agency also praised the vital function of government-sponsored diversification projects and initiatives, supported by private sector investment, and their constructive influence on financial development and enhanced prospects.

Moody’s report is a validation of the Kingdom’s fiscal policy as component of its Vision 2030 applications, and keeping debt at a moderate level, which is reduced than most sovereign debts with a equivalent rating, supplying robust fiscal reserves and a competitive position in the international power market place.

Saudi Arabia posted a spending budget surplus of 103.9 billion riyals ($27.68 billion) in 2022 for the initial time in a decade, the finance ministry stated in early March.

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

Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadan explained final week through a conference on the monetary sector that the Kingdom has robust financial and monetary fundamentals, with an typical inflation price of two.five % in 2022. This figure is a single of the lowest amongst the G20 nations.

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

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

“The price of participation of girls in the labor market place is now 37 %.” “Spending is robust and dwelling ownership has risen to a record 62 %,” he stated.

Al-Jadaan stated the Saudi Privatization System has a pipeline of more than 200 projects in 17 targeted sectors, generating big possibilities for investors.

By Editor