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  • Political risk

  • Commercial risk

  • Financing risk

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GDP USD 38.6bn (World ranking 96, World Bank 2019)
Population 1.64mn (World ranking 151, World Bank 2019)
Form of state Constitutional monarchy
Head of government Crown Prince SALMAN bin Hamad Al-Khalifa (Prime Minister)
Next elections 2022, legislative
  • Relatively (in a regional context) diversified economy, with oil, manufacturing (including aluminum and petro-chemicals) and financial sectors
  • Pro-business stance and commercial and trading environment rated highly by independent international assessments
  • Financial and other support from larger regional states, particularly Saudi Arabia
  • Tensions between the ruling Sunni community and the Shia majority
  • Regional instability, including potential for contagion stemming from events in Iran, Iraq and/or Syria
  • Despite economic diversification, there is still a high dependence on oil revenues, directly (own output) and indirectly (regional influence)
  • Sharply deteriorated public finances since 2015
  • Low FX reserves (import cover < 2 months)
  • Very high external debt
  • Poor data transparency

Trade structure by destination/origin

(% of total)

Exports Rank Imports
Saudi Arabia 18%
1
24% Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates 15%
2
10% United Arab Emirates
United States 10%
3
8% United States
Japan 6%
4
8% China
Qatar 4%
5
6% Japan

Trade structure by product

(% of total)

Exports Rank Imports
Non-ferrous metals 23%
1
15% Road vehicles
Petroleum, petroleum products and related materials 23%
2
8% Petroleum, petroleum products and related materials
Iron and steel 6%
3
4% Miscellaneous manufactured articles, n.e.s.
Miscellaneous manufactured articles, n.e.s. 5%
4
4% Other industrial machinery and parts
Manufactures of metal, n.e.s. 5%
5
4% Metalliferous ores and metal scrap
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