Major Reduction in Quarterly Budget Deficit Figures a Positive for Kingdom’s Economic Reforms

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
In an analysis of official data from the Kingdom, Bloomberg found a significant year-on-year reduction in Saudi Arabia's budget deficit from Q1 2017, a sign that the Kingdom's economic reforms coupled with an uptick in oil prices have positively impacted the government's balance sheet.

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Budget Deficit

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Foreign Labor

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Women and Sports

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