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February 14, 2000

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Oman is one of the smallest oil producers in the Gulf region, although its strategic location on the Strait of Hormuz leading into the Gulf necessitates 40 percent of the world's oil supply to cross t

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General Data   Population 2.4 million (1999), including approx. 600,000 expatriates Annual Population Growth Rate (estimate) 4.9 percent Religion Islam Government Constitutional Monarchy Language

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Investments and Trade   Investment Charter  Resident or non-resident foreign nationals are entitled to invest freely in Morocco and no investment operation in Morocco requires any prior authorization

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Banking and Currency  Foreign Currency Control  The Moroccan government has made the Moroccan Dirham (MD) convertible for an increasing number of transactions over the last few years. As of February 1

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Judiciary  There are six components to the Moroccan judicial system. The majority of legal matters fall within the jurisdiction of Regional Tribunals, which decide cases of personal property damages.

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Privatization  The government approved a law in 1999 that would accelerate privatization plans, covering the sale of stakes in more than 100 companies. The government in the summer of 1999 sought an a

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King Hassan died in the summer of 1999 bequeathing to his son, Sidi Mohammed a much more economically healthy kingdom.  The new king is continuing on the road to economic reform, which his father bega

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General Data     Population 29.1 million (1999 estimate) Religions 99% Islam; less than 1% Jewish Government Constitutional Monarchy Languages Arabic (official), French (business), Berber dialects

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Banking and Currency  Foreign Currency  Trade barriers and obstacles are minimal in Lebanon. Foreigners may invest freely in many industries and sectors. Lebanese nationals are allowed to quote prices

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Lebanon is a democratic republic with a parliamentary system of government. Confessional groups and traditionally powerful clans dominate Lebanese politics. An informal system of power sharing among L

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Privatization  The government under Hoss is working to reduce public debt. The 1999-2000 budget seeks to reduce public debt to 85 percent of GDP by 2003 and plans a major privatization program. But ma

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The Lebanese economy that is emerging nearly a decade after the end of the Civil War is characterized by competition, open-market commercial orientation and the region's most liberal banking program. 

February 13, 2000

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Recent controversial cartoons published in an Iranian newspaper stirred emotions between conservatives and reformists just days before Parliamentary e

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Today's championship match at the Duty Free Dubai Tennis Open will pit a player widely expected to reach this stage of the competition against an upst

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Expatriates who have lived in Bahrain for at least 20 years will be able to apply beginning in March for permanent residency in this Gulf country, acc