In its endeavor to support the decision-makers in the Arab countries, the Arab Monetary Fund (AMF) in collaboration with a number of the Joint Arab Institutions has released the 40th edition of the Joint Arab Economic Report (JAER) in its Arabic and briefed English version.
The report is a model of the fruitful cooperation between the Joint Arab Institutions. It is co-authored by the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States, the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, the Arab Monetary Fund, Organization Of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC). The Arab Monetary Fund takes the responsibility of editing and publishing the report.
The participating institutions are keen to ensure that the Report reflects the current situations of Arab economies accurately and objectively, both in terms of data and used methodology. The JAER authors collect the required data and information from reliable official sources through a comprehensive survey dedicated to this purpose.
In terms of methodology, the participating institutions are keen to ensure that the sections of the report include an analysis of economic developments in the Arab countries using the main indicators at the aggregate and sub-groups level to facilitate comparative analysis. For this purpose, economic variables are calculated in US dollars according to the exchange rates of the national currencies derived from data provided by the national authorities for the purpose of preparing this report.
The Arab Economic Report 2020 provides a comprehensive analysis of the economic developments witnessed by the Arab countries during 2019. It begins with a review of the performance of the global economy, followed by extensive analysis of the economic and social developments in Arab countries. The report then moves to highlighting sectoral developments in agriculture, industry, and oil and energy sector. Then it sheds light on the developments in public finance, monetary and banking as well as capital markets. The report also addresses the developments in foreign trade, intra-trade, the balance of payments, external public debt and exchange rates.
Thematic chapter of the JAER report usually addresses a topic that is among the top priorities for the member countries. This year, the thematic chapter focuses on "Digital economy and its role in development in Arab countries". The report then presents an analysis of the Arab Development Assistance. As part of highlighting the importance of the joint Arab economic cooperation, this year's report includes a chapter on Arab cooperation in the field of “Environmental Affairs and its Role in Achieving Sustainable Development ". The report concludes with a chapter on the Palestinian economy.
The Report is available on the AMF website through these links: