Posted on August 18, 2016

The Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics (MDPS) in collaboration with the Qatar Central Bank (QCB) launched the third Foreign Investment Survey in 2015, covering the period 2012 to 2014.

The Ministry said in a statement Wednesday that the survey obtained new data for companies that had not previously reported or had provided partial information only. Data for previous years were also obtained from these companies and as a result, revisions to previously published data have been carried back to 2009. The major findings of the 2015 survey showed that liabilities to non-residents increased by QR1.6 billion from QR524.1 billion to QR525.7 billion at the end of 2014. At the end of 2014, other foreign investments accounted for 58% or QR306 billion, followed by foreign direct investment in Qatar at QR141.1 billion or 27% and portfolio investments at QR78.6 billion or 15% of the total liabilities. Foreign direct investment flows (inward flows) dropped by QR11.3 billion.

Qatar’s assets with non-residents increased by QR35.3 billion from QR270.9 billion at the end of the previous year to QR306.2 billion. At the end of 2014, other foreign investments consisting of long term loans and trade related short term financial instruments accounted for 54% or QR166 billion of the total assets, followed by foreign direct investment abroad at QR117 billion or 38% and portfolio investments (financial securities) at QR23.2 billion or 8%. Flows of foreign direct investment abroad (outward flows) amounted to QR3.1 billion in 2014 against QR13.1 billion in 2013. 

According to the Ministry's statement, the objective of the survey, conducted in collaboration with Qatar Central Bank (QCB), was to cover all major enterprises (private and public) operating in the national economy. However, data could be obtained only from privately owned companies and the public corporations. International financial transactions made by individuals and by the Government were not covered. However, as a result of editing/validating survey results from the counterpart economies’ data by using mirror statistics reported by them in IMF’s Coordinated Direct Investment Survey (CDIS) and Coordinated Portfolio Investment Survey (CPIS), the final data on outward direct and portfolio investments presented in this report might include some investments by the government or individuals. Users are accordingly cautioned that the Survey results are not strictly comparable with the BOP statement of the QCB.