Next government is expected to enact strict spending cuts, according to a new report.
05 July 2022, 12:00 AM
31 July 2022, 12:00 AM
Fitch Solutions expects that the risks of policy-making in Kuwait will remain high in the coming months, even after the holding of the National Assembly elections, which means that the passage of political and economic decisions will remain suspended until after the parliamentary elections, reports Al-Qabas daily.
The agency said in its report that this is in line with “our previous view, which prompts us to maintain the rating of policy-making in Kuwait in the short-term political risk index unchanged.”
The agency indicated that the upcoming National Assembly elections in Kuwait will lead to limited improvements to the political and economic challenges, as it is likely that any new Kuwaiti government will continue to face strong opposition from the parliament, given that the fundamental differences between the executive and legislative authorities remain unaddressed.
“The differences between the government and the parliament,” the agency, says, “have continued and deepened since the last elections in December 2020, therefore we believe that the upcoming elections will not likely address the deep differences between the two parties.” This makes the experts believe that basic legislation will continue to delay in the short-term even after the elections.
The sources added that the law on issuing debt bonds will not be approved in Kuwait until the end of 2023. Given the agency's previous expectations that Kuwait will witness successive financial deficits in the medium term, and the failure to pass the law on the issuance of debt bonds, the next Kuwaiti government will approve strict spending cuts.
The agency pointed out that the Foreign Investment Law is one of the other draft laws that will be postponed in Kuwait, which would ease visa requirements for foreigners and give them greater rights to own property in the country.
Therefore, GDP growth in Kuwait will remain closely linked to oil production, which is expected to slow steadily in the next few years. Despite the high risks that threaten the political and economic expectations for Kuwait, the agency says, the upcoming elections constitute an opportunity to make better political and economic decisions.