Arab Investment & Export Credit Guarantee Corporation (Dhaman) urged Arab countries to put in place urgent and comprehensive plans to improve their status in sovereign ratings and political, economic, financial and operational risk rating indices issued by specialized world monitoring and rating agencies, by means of forming high-level specialized committees comprising all state bodies concerned. They would undertake proposing necessary reforms and measures and coordinate with existing research teams that issue these indices.
In the editorial of Dhaman’s first quarterly bulletin for 2023, issued today, Director-General Abdullah Ahmad Al-Sabeeh underlined the corporation’s willingness to give a hand in this regard, due to the paramount significance of sovereign rating and risk indices to show how much regional and international multinational companies and finance, investment and trade corporations are interested in Arab countries, and thus determining their quota of investment, finance and commercial inflows, which are considered the core element of comprehensive development.
Al-Sabeeh elaborated that based on its realization of the significance of these ratings, the corporation pursues the region’s only accurate monitoring of more than 27 indices issued by 14 international sovereign, credit and risk rating agencies, revealing relative stability during 2022 in sovereign Arab rating and political, economic, financial and operational risk rating, thanks to many regional developments and factors, primarily the continued considerable rise in oil prices by more than 41% compared to the previous year, and relative calm in several regional flashpoints. The key results come as follows:
The Director-General noted that the expected rating of the Arab countries for 2023 in the indices of those global agencies will be contingent upon the efforts of the Arab countries to promote their political, security, economic and financial stability, together with a set of external factors, the most important of which come as follows: