Kuwait, a small Gulf state, is one of the richest countries in the world. It sits on the world's sixth largest proven oil reserves. This oil dependent economy is enjoying a strong performance thanks to high oil prices. But analysts question whether the government’s generous social spending is sustainable especially in the light of two main challenges - a potential downward pressure on oil price and the desire of Kuwait to expand its production.

KUWAIT sits on 101.5 billion barrels of oil (6.1 per cent of world total) - the world’s sixth largest proven oil reserves after Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Iran and Iraq. It is an oil dependent economy, enjoying the rewards of high global ...

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Dr. Carole Nakhle
The IMF found that despite substantial oil revenues, Kuwait comes relatively low in terms of the quality of its infrastructure, health, and education, taking into account its level of GDP per capita
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