A Case for "Gulfstat" :: IMF
The authors survey the statistical institutions in the GCC countries and present the case for creating "Gulfstat"-a regional statistical agency to operate within a "Gulf States System of Statistics."My take: GCC countries are run like family-owned businesses. One of the advantages of family-owned businesses is that you do not have to reveal your internal data to the market. Somehow I doubt much has changed that would induce member countries to collect and reveal data that could be potentially embarrassing. Not that there is a great deal to be embarrassed about, but that there is a strong preference to avoid any possible loss of face.