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Lebanon's economy remains on a knife-edge

June 1, 2018

Lebanon's economy has been underperforming in recent years, hit by political uncertainty and fears over the conflict in Syria. However, an injection of finance from a group of international donors, combined with excitement over oil and gas discoveries, provide some cause for optimism. James King reports.

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Lebanese banks confound expectations – but for how long?

June 1, 2018

Lebanese banks have weathered punishing conditions, including a tough new tax regime. Technological innovations continue to drive progress, but as James King reports, structural economic flaws must be addressed if they are to continue to thrive. 

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Economic Development Board chief eyes fintech model for Bahrain

June 1, 2018

Khalid Al Rumaihi, chief executive of Bahrain’s Economic Development Board, talks to James King about moving the country's economy away from oil, leveraging its financial hub credentials to attract fintechs and how Amazon gave it a vote of confidence by locating its first regional data centre there.

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Banks look to cash in on changing Saudi environment

May 1, 2018

Saudi Arabia’s economy is changing as taxes on expat workers fuel an exodus, while the relaxation of driving rules is giving women more employment opportunities. Together with developing sectors such as entertainment and home ownership, this is providing local banks with plenty of opportunities, as James King reports.

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How will reforms change Saudi Arabia

May 1, 2018

Saudi Arabia is undergoing vast social and economic reforms, aimed at reducing its dependence on oil, providing employment for women and the young, and emerging as a regional capital markets hub. James King looks at the progress being made so far.

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Saudi Arabia's Capital Market Authority sets reform example

May 1, 2018

A key component of Saudi Arabia's wide-ranging reforms include modernising the economy, and the Capital Market Authority, led by Mohammed El-Kuwaiz, is in the forefront of driving this change. James King reports.

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Sagia governor looks to help Saudi Arabia meet Vision 2030 goals

May 1, 2018

As Saudi Arabia pushes on with reforms designed to make it a regional investment powerhouse, Ibrahim AlOmar, governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, talks to James King about the part the licensing body will play. 

Top 100 African Banks ranking 2018: reasons to be cheerful

May 1, 2018

African banks have reason to celebrate, as The Banker's Top 100 ranking shows. Having survived a tough economic period, the figures indicate an improving outlook. James King reports.

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Kuwait IPA chief seeks easy options

April 3, 2018

Dr Meshaal Jaber Al Ahmad Al Sabah, director-general of the Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority, discusses the country’s plans to cut bureaucracy and its ambitions to be a regional business hub.

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Kuwait CBG strikes liquidity gold

April 3, 2018

Mohammad Al-Hashel, governor of the Central Bank of Kuwait, tells James King how a focus on shoring up capital adequacy has enabled Kuwaiti banks to withstand the pressures of the low oil price environment.

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