Four GCC countries to introduce a common currency this month
Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia
A Bahraini daily newspaper has reported that four Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries will announce the introduction of a common currency by the end of December.
The common currency – to be announced by Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia – will be pegged to the dollar, a source told Akhbar Al Khaleej.
"The decision to peg the Gulf currency to the dollar is political and is not related to the economy," they said.
"From an economic point of view, it would have been better to peg the new currency to a basket of currencies because the volume of trade of the Gulf states with the countries of the European Union is much larger than that of their commerce with the United States. Gulf exports of oil to the European Union are estimated to constitute about 70 per cent of European imports," the source – said to be close to Gulf decision-making circles – continued.
Oman and the UAE, the other two members of the six-country GCC council set up in 1981, are not likely to join the common currency in the near future, the source added, without divulging the reasons.