RIYADH May 29 Saudi Arabia's economy should
grow this year by more than the 4.4 percent anticipated by the
International Monetary Fund, its finance minister said in
comments reported by the official Saudi Press Agency late on
"The IMF report this year on the Saudi economic growth
forecast 4.4 percent. We do not agree with them and our opinion
is that the kingdom's economic growth will be higher," SPA
reported Ibrahim Alassaf as saying.
Saudi Arabia's gross domestic product rose 6.8 percent last
year after growing 8.5 percent in 2011.
Growth in the world's top oil exporter is typically
connected to energy prices and government spending, which have
this year remained strong.