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Oman best placed in Gulf to face crisis

The Sultanate is best poised among all Arab Gulf nations to face the challenges of the current economic crisis that has led to a worldwide slowdown, according to the latest report issued by London-based Economist Intelligence Unit.
In EIU’s ranking of 165 countries in terms of being secure against social unrest emanating from the current economic crisis, Norway came first (165), Denmark second (164), Canada third (163), Sweden fourth (162), the United Kingdom 132nd and the United States 109th, Oman News Agency reported yesterday.
The Sultanate (149) came first among the AGCC states with 3.9 points. It was followed by UAE and Qatar (142) with 4.1 points, Kuwait (98), Saudi Arabia (82) and Egypt (105). (Here ‘0’ point indicates no risk and ’10’ is the highest degree of risk.)
The report titled ‘Manning the Barricades’ warned against grave social unrest from the global recession in the coming two years. It pointed out that 95 countries are in the high-to- very high risk categories.
It may be recalled here that Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services recently affirmed its ‘A’ long-term and ‘A-1’ short-term sovereign credit ratings on Oman, signifying a “stable” outlook of the Sultanate’s economy.

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