Qatar industrial production jumps 10.4% in December: PSA
February 21 2021 09:49 PM
This file photo taken on February 1, 2006 shows an oil refinery on the outskirts of Doha.
This file photo taken on February 1, 2006 shows an oil refinery on the outskirts of Doha. The mining and quarrying index, which has a relative weight of 83.6%, saw a 12% surge month-on-month on account of 12% increase in the extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas and 3.8% surge in other mining and quarrying sectors.

A substantial expansion in extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas as well as increase in certain manufacturing items led Qatar’s industrial production to jump 10.4% month-on-month in December 2020, as the country substantially lifted the Covid-19 related restrictions.
The country’s Industrial Production Index (IPI) however declined 5.7% year-on-year in December 2020, according to the Planning and Statistics Authority (PSA).
The PSA introduced IPI, a short-term quantitative index that measures the changes in the volume of production of a selected basket of industrial products over a given period with respect to a base period 2013.
The mining and quarrying index, which has a relative weight of 83.6%, saw a 12% surge month-on-month on account of 12% increase in the extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas and 3.8% surge in other mining and quarrying sectors.
On a yearly basis, the index showed 6.3% shrinkage owing to 6.3% decline in the extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas, but showed a 9.2% jump in other mining and quarrying sectors.
The manufacturing index, with a relative weight of 15.2%, saw a 4.4% growth month-on-month in December 2020 owing to a 71.3% increase in printing and reproduction of recorded media, 7% expansion in the production of cement and other non-metallic mineral products, 4.9% in refined petroleum products, 4.8% in chemicals and chemical products and 1.1% in basic metals.
Nevertheless, there was a 4.8% decline in the production of beverages, 1.2% in rubber and plastics products and 0.9% in food products.
On a yearly basis, the manufacturing index shrank 2.8% in December last year as there was a 66.4% drop in the printing and reproduction of recorded media, 13.8% in the production of beverages, 7% in food products, 6.9% in basic metals and 3.8% in chemicals and chemical products.
However, there was 19.6% increase in the production of cement and other non-metallic mineral products, 5.7% in rubber and plastics products and 2.9% in refined petroleum products.
Electricity, which has a 0.7% weight in the IPI basket, saw its index shrink 17.4% and 3.5% on monthly and yearly basis respectively in December 2020.
In the case of water, which has a 0.5% weight, there was a 2.2% and 1.1% decrease month-on-month and year-on-year respectively in December 2020.



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