Economy, Finance and Trade: Lebanon

March 2021

Understanding the structure, health and potential risks of an economy are important for decision-making within an existing operating environment as well as for expansion strategies. Real GDP growth, inflation and exchange rate fluctuations will directly impact consumer market potential. Import and export trade profiles help gauge how open an economy is to trade and investment, while government finances can be used to explore macroeconomic stability and susceptibility to economic shocks.

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Overview:

The Country Briefings series examine market potential, economic and consumer trends impacting each country and how they are set to change.

Each Country Briefing covers one of these topics:

Economy, Finance and Trade: Understanding the structure, health and potential risks of an economy are important for decision-making within an existing operating environment as well as for expansion strategies. Real GDP growth, inflation and exchange rate fluctuations will directly impact consumer market potential. Import and export trade profiles help gauge how open an economy is to trade and investment, while analysis of government finances can be used to explore macroeconomic stability and susceptibility to economic shocks.

Income and Expenditure: Insights into income, wealth and expenditure of consumers are vital in helping businesses make strategic decisions with regards to which country (or even which region within a country) to enter, which consumer segment to target, which products or services to market, and at which price point. Other factors such as the size and expansion of the middle class and income inequality are also important in helping companies gauge the potential of a country market.

Households: Global shifts in gender, ageing, migration and housing are transforming the size, location,  general make-up as well as income and expenditure of households around the globe, with diverse implications for governments and companies. Households insights can help identify the decision-making processes and consumption tastes of different household groups and types within a country, and assess household appliance and digital readiness that is key for formulating market technology and internet strategies.

Business Dynamics: A stable and competitive business environment is vital to operate efficiently and attract inward investment. Businesses can assess these factors alongside challenges such as corruption, political instability and terrorism, also gain insight into business operating environment and make strategic investment decisions. Transport infrastructure, ICT readiness and labour force dynamics will also identify potential issues with a supply chain and the level of workforce skills.

Sustainability: Insights on key sectors directly related to the environmental sustainability of a country such as energy, water, pollution, environmental resilience, forest and biodiversity and food and agriculture help businesses to make strategic decisions in relation to environmental and sustainability trends, improve brand reputation and ensure long-term operations while ultimately growing the bottom line.

The briefings cover 103 countries and identify topics of crucial interest to planners, marketers and researchers.

Economy, Finance and Trade: Lebanon

ECONOMIC LANDSCAPE

Chart 1 Economic Landscape of Lebanon: 2020 Chart 2 Real GDP Growth in Lebanon: 2010-2040 Chart 3 GDP Size and Growth: 2015-2040 Chart 4 Gross Value Added by Sector in Lebanon: 2020 Chart 5 Domestic Demand: 2015 and 2020 Chart 6 Productivity: 2015 and 2020

MONETARY INDICATORS

Chart 7 Monetary Landscape of Lebanon: 2020 Chart 8 Inflation: 2010-2040 Chart 9 Average Inflation: 2010-2040 Chart 10 Interest Rates in Lebanon: 2010-2021 Chart 11 Exchange Rates: 2010-2020 Chart 12 Money Supply Growth and Money Velocity in Lebanon: 2015-2021

FOREIGN TRADE

Chart 13 Foreign Trade Landscape of Lebanon: 2020 Chart 14 Exports in Lebanon: 2014-2021 Chart 15 Exports by Commodity in Lebanon: 2020 Chart 16 Top 10 Export Destinations: 2020 Chart 17 Imports in Lebanon: 2014-2021 Chart 18 Imports by Commodity in Lebanon: 2020 Chart 19 Top 10 Import Origins: 2020

INVESTMENTS

Chart 20 Investment Landscape of Lebanon: 2020 Chart 21 FDI intensity: 2019 Chart 22 Foreign Direct Investment Inflows and Outflows in Lebanon: 2014-2019 Chart 23 Gross Fixed Capital Formation in Lebanon: 2010-2020

GOVERNMENT FINANCE

Chart 24 Government Budget Landscape of Lebanon: 2020 Chart 25 Public Debt: 2020 Chart 26 Government Revenue: 2020 Chart 27 Government Expenditure: 2020 Chart 28 Government Expenditure by Economic Type in Lebanon: 2020 Chart 29 Government Expenditure by Function in Lebanon: 2020
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