This edition of the National Accounts Studies of the ESCWA Region, Bulletin no. 28, includes available data and ESCWA estimates of gross domestic product (GDP) at both current and constant prices, in addition to the consolidated national accounts of ESCWA member countries during the four-year period between 2003-2007, and the estimated real GDP growth for 2008.
This publication is divided into three chapters. Chapter I presents selected indicators that show, in US dollars some aggregates of national accounts and their relative distribution among Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, States with more diversified economies (MDEs) and ESCWA member countries. Official and estimated exchange rates were used for the conversion of the national currencies of ESCWA member countries into US dollars. Chapter II presents consolidated national accounts of ESCW A member countries in national currencies at current prices. Finally, chapter III contains estimates of GDP by expenditure and economic activity at constant prices in United States dollars.
Data for this study publication were mainly collected from responses to questionnaires compiled by ESCWA, and from national publications and other official sources. We hope that this study will be useful to economic and social researchers and planners.