The economy of Kuwait has long been underpinned by the production and export of crude oil. Although the rise in energy prices in 2021-22 boosted government revenue and macroeconomic stability, the Covid-19 pandemic, which preceded the commodity price boom, underscored the risk of over-reliance on an industry subject to fluctuating global demand. This has created fresh impetus for economic diversification, with robust public finances providing a strong platform to...
Interviews & Viewpoints | Tareq al Sunaid, Head of Tax, KPMG Saudi Arabia: Viewpoint from The Report: Saudi Arabia 2022
Saudi Arabia is the largest economy in the region and the only Middle Eastern member of the G20. Therefore, the continued development and success of the Saudi economy are key to regional economic growth.
Saudi Arabia’s income tax rules are governed by the Income Tax Law, which came into force in 2004. The Tax Law is supplemented by implementing regulations. Zakat (a payment under Islamic law that is used for charitable or religious purposes) is governed by the implementing regulations for zakat collection. The Ministry of Finance issues ministerial resolutions concerning aspects of tax and...
Saudi Arabia has undergone significant reforms to foster growth and diversification. While some initiatives were delayed during the Covid-19 pandemic, progress in areas such as the digital economy accelerated. Aided by elevated oil prices in 2022, strategies underlined in Vision 2030 continue moving forwards, and the Kingdom today presents ample opportunities for foreign investors, underpinned by efforts to boost private sector participation in the economy.
Interviews & Viewpoints | Éric N’guessan, Managing Partner, EY Côte d’Ivoire: Viewpoint from The Report: Cote d'Ivoire 2022
In recent years Côte d’Ivoire has been engaged in a structural reform of the tax and legal system, along with the dematerialisation of tax and Customs procedures. This digitisation of public services has gone far in reducing delays in the creation of new companies and promoting transparency in administrative procedures.