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President Abdrabbu Mansour al-Hadi

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Yemen 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015f
Nominal GDP ($bn) 25.1* 30.9 32.7 35.4 40.4 45.5 51.0
GDP per capita ($) 1,061* 1.267 1,302 1,368 1,516 1,655 1,802
Real GDP growth (annual change, %) 3.9* 7.7 -12.7 2.4 4.8 1.9 4.6
Government revenue (% of GDP) 25.0 26.1* 25.3 29.9 23.9 23.9 22.7
Government total expenditure (% of GDP) 35.2 30.2* 29.8 36.2 30.8 29.3 27.7
General government debt (gross, % of GDP) 49.8 42.4* 45.7 47.3 48.2 48.2 47.4
Current account balance (% of GDP) -10.1* -3.4 -3.0 -1.7 -3.1 -1.3 -1.1
Inflation (%) 8.8 12.5* 23.2 5.8 8.1 13.0 9.0
Population (millions) 23.7* 24.4 25.1 25.9 26.7 27.5 28.3
Unemployment (%) na na na na na na na
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Source: International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database; Last updated: February 2015; *=Estimate

News & analysis

Yemen war

Yemen edges into famine say UN body Subscription

23 August 2015 | By

Latest escalation of violence could lead to starvation for one-fifth of population

Armed: Yemeni militiamen fly the separatist flag

Sanaa faces dire situation Subscription

14 July 2015 | By

With Yemen in the grip of a civil war that has left it relying on international goodwill, the outlook for the country’s economy is bleak

Coalition force: Saudi army artillery fire shells towards Yemen

Yemen ceasefire fails Subscription

12 July 2015 | By

UN-brokered humanitarian ceasefire stalls as fighting continues in key cities

Conflict: A Saudi-led coalition is carrying out numerous air strikes against Houthi rebel positions in Yemen

Militias release 1,200 Yemeni prisoners Subscription

2 July 2015 | By

Al-Qaeda supporters freed prisoners amid clashes in central Yemen

Corruptioin perception and press freedom in Mena

Tackling the problem of corruption Subscription

1 July 2015 | By Dominc Dudley

The region’s policies to weed out malpractice and fraud are rarely seen as effective

Conflict: A Saudi-led coalition is carrying out numerous air strikes against Houthi rebel positions in Yemen

UN pushes Yemen peace deal with Kuwait and Saudi Arabia Subscription

28 June 2015 | By

UN negotiator Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed wants a preliminary peace agreement with the Houthi fighters

The port city of Aden in Yemen

Aden oil refinery attacked Subscription

28 June 2015 | By

Refinery attacked by Houthi fighters

The Saudi-led coalition forces trying to repel the Shia Houthi rebels and militia loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh have carried out scores of raids into Yemen since late March

No solution in sight for Yemen Subscription

17 June 2015 | By

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon says the situation in Yemen is a ticking time bomb

Saudi Arabia army

MEED board report, June 2015 Subscription

15 June 2015 | By

Key events and trends in the region over the past month and their impact on the outlook for the Middle East and North Africa

Houthis guard Yemen's central bank

Houthis fire Scud missile into Saudi Arabia Subscription

7 June 2015 | By

Fighting escalates between Shia rebels and Saudi-led coalition

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Top 10 projects


Rank Project Name Sector Budget ($m)
1 Aden Port Expansion Transport 507
2 Habban Field Central Processing Facilities Oil 500
3 Marib Power Plant Phase 2 Power 436
4 Ras Issa Oil Terminal Oil 250
5 North South Highway: Section 1: Noubat Dokaim to Taiz Transport 207
6 Power Loss Transmission Project Power 160
7 Al Ghaydah Central Hospital Power 160
8 Dhamar / Aden Transmission Line: Lot 2b (Main Substation) Power 42
9 Haydan, Al-Jumaa & Al-Manzalah Road Transport 33
10 Second Rural Access Project: Hajdeh-Wadi Al Maa Road Transport 8
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Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: May 2015; All projects are in execution

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Abdelmalek al-Houthi Subscription

22 January 2015

Leader of Yemen’s Houthi movement

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