- Amazon opens office in Bahrain
- ICAEW: investors should have more confidence in regional start-ups
- LBS survey reveals incubating national talent crucial for sustainable diversification
- Dubai Chamber set to host global finance symposium
- Moody's assigns Ba3 first time issuer rating to Bahrain's Khaleeji Commercial Bank
- Mashreq introduces to customers UAE’s first chatbot
- Moody's assigns ratings to Development Bank Southern Africa
- Moody's affirms Credit du Maroc's Ba1 local currency deposit ratings; outlook stable
- Moody's affirms BMCE's Ba1 local currency deposit rating; changes outlook to negative from stable
- Moody's: stable outlook on GCC banking sector for 2017 - resilience to economic, funding pressures
The Future of Banking?
Hussain AlQemzi, GCEO, Noor Investment Group and CEO, Noor Islamic Bank
UAE banks weather the storm
The Central Bank of the UAE launched its first Financial Stability Review in September - a first attempt at giving key information about financial…
Pushing the Reset button on LIBOR
Revamp of global interest rate benchmark outlined in London, UK Financial Services Authority offers 10-point plan.
What are the region's CFOs worrying…
Ahead of a major gathering of the MENA region's Chief Financial Officers, we find out what's on their minds...
Turkey gains ground in global Sukuk market
International law firm White & Case, sheds light on the potential of Islamic finance in the Turkish market.
As a fast growing emerging market and a major economy with its unique geostrategic…
Kuwait on stable grounds
In spite of continued volatility and depressed oil prices in the region, the country’s banking and financial landscape remain steady bolstered by strong government support, well-capitalised entities…
Conquering GCC and the world
Philippe Ghanem, CEO of ADS Securities stresses the importance of preparedness and anticipation in manoeuvring through volatile and uncertain times.
How has the financial industry changed…
Deutsche Bank disaster: the effect on emerging markets
The problems of Deutsche Bank and other international financial institutions could adversely affect emerging markets, writes Mihir Kapadia, CEO and Founder of Sun Global Investment.
Commitment to the people
Banker Middle East’s Retail Banker of the Year, Hamed Fayez, Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Retail Banking Group at National Commercial Bank discusses consumer finance trends…
Investors go alternative
Luba Nikulina, Global Head of Manager Research at Willis Towers Watson, discusses the progress of the alternative asset management, which has reached $6.2 trillion.
Diversity and yield have…
IFRS 9: where are banks right now?
In an engaging roundtable dialogue, UAE bankers deliberate on the obstacles they face in their race to compliance.
Market observers and industry participants have long pointed out that IFRS…
Saudi Vision 2030: roadmap to financial services innovation
Real-time analytics, risk management and omni-channels are the foundation for improving business environment and supporting SMEs, says SAP.
The banking and financial services industry has always…
Staying ahead of the curve
Pankaj Kundra, Head of Payments at Mashreq, paints his picture of the future in payment solutions
What are your views on the development of payment solutions in this region?…
The value of healthcare investments
In turbulent times, many firms make exits, scrambling towards safer pastures such as consumer staples and healthcare. In an exclusive interview, Karim El Alaoui, Managing Director at Boehringer Ingelheim…
Creativity in financial engineering
Norman Villamin, Chief Investment Officer, Private Banking, Union Bancaire Privée speaks exclusively to Banker Middle East on how private banks are distinguishing themselves…
The unsettling lack of financial aid for SMEs
Markus Massi, Partner & Managing Director of BCG Middle East, highlights the pivotal role of banks in unlocking SME growth in the GCC.
Today, around the world, small and medium-sized enterprises…
Who played the trump card?
A shockwave of disbelief went round the world when Donald J. Trump was elected the next President of the US [I think he may even have been slightly surprised himself]. As the swathe of red swept across…
Private equity: a survival of the fittest
Tushar Singhvi, VP Corporate Development & Investments at Crescent Enterprises provides his views on how private equity firms can maintain a sense of control in GCC’s changing business landscape.…
FocusEconomics: Economic Snapshot for the Middle East & North Africa – November 2016
It’s a tough road ahead for the MENA region despite OPEC’s deal in FocusEconomics Economic Snapshot for the MENA region this November.
Economic activity in the Middle East and North…
Iran—nine months on
Chris Macbeth, Till Müller-Ibold and Paul Marquardt of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton shed light on the business environment in Iran following the lifting of sanctions, and how it could…
An outlook on the Saudi debt market
Philipp Good, Head of Portfolio Management, Fisch Asset Management, discusses the potential of Saudi Arabia’s debt capital market.
Saudi debt market anticipation has, first and foremost,…
Oil and wars continue to be the bane of the Middle East
The IMF expects a 3.5 per cent regional growth this year in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan region, but governments still need to implement long-term sustainability reforms to ride out tougher…
Jordan in transition
Regional geopolitical conflicts continues to pressure the Jordanian economy, but with external support in place and possible improving sentiments, not all is depressing for the Kingdom.
The future of payments—correspondent banking fights back
Khaled Moharem, Head of Middle East & North Africa at SWIFT talks about the rapidly evolving nature of the payments landscape and SWIFT’s global payments initiative
We are living…
Taking a piece of the pie
Vince Cook, CEO, National Bank of Fujairah sheds light on the setting up of NBF Islamic and his views of Islamic finance in the UAE.
NBF Islamic was a natural—and timely—response…
Reaching out to Egypt
Banker Middle East sits down with Shaker Zainal, Head of Retail at Mashreq Egypt, to discuss his strategic vision for Mashreq’s promising Egyptian arm.
Embarking on a journey with a goal…
Finding common ground on currency and reform
A new IMF programme, a new VAT law, potential currency devaluation—it has been a busy few months for Egypt.On 11 August, Egypt and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reached…
Mohammed Areff, Vice President at Avaya Middle East, Africa and Turkey, highlights why banks in the Middle East need to do more with their digitisation strategies if they want to meet the challenges…
The Middle East backdrop
Market players discuss the development of family offices in the region and the way forward.
Family offices are typically set up for investment management purposes. A recent EY report pointed…
Leading the way
Whether developing an Islamic banking framework or innovating new ways to reach retail consumers, Bank of Khartoum has often pioneered the market—and now it looks further afield than Sudan, says…
Ahmad HajHasan, CEO, The National Bank, Palestine, provides an insight into the Palestinian banking sector, its challenges and the way forward.
The banking sector in Palestine is a solid market…
FocusEconomics: Economic Snapshot for the Middle East & North Africa - September 2016
All eyes on a potential oil cap deal at September’s meeting in FocusEconomics Economic Snapshot for the MENA region this September.
A comprehensive dataset showed that growth in the Middle…
Onwards and upwards
Hisham AlRayes, Chief Executive Officer of GFH Financial Group discusses the investment bank’s direction and pipeline moving into 2017, amidst challenging macroeconomic conditions.
A vision for Saudi Arabia’s future
Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets Group provides a commentary on the feasibility of Vision 2030.
In Saudi Arabia, it was clear that one of the biggest issues—if…
Creating a cashless economy
Ozgur Ozvardar, Vice President and General Manager of Verifone MENA, discusses the electronic payments landscape and the role it aims to play in the region.
In the Middle East, we assume that…
Keeping up with constant change
Luke Ellyard, Partner, Financial Services at KPMG UAE, provides an insight into the effects of implementing Basel III.
In 2015, the Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) published…
Tying up loose ends
Michael Lynch, Chief Strategy Officer at InAuth discusses the importance of tightening mobile banking security.
Any discussion on banking cybersecurity trends in the Middle East invariably has…
Social media accelerates bank growth
GCC banks should look beyond social media as a simple marketing tool but rather see it as an essential factor in customer interaction, says Orient Planet Research
The GCC banking sector has…
A cashless economy is the way forward
Experts weigh in on recent and upcoming policy shifts in Egypt’s bid to go cashless and inclusive.
Moody’s Investor Services estimates that SME clients make up just…
Servicing a massive labour market
Having won several accolades from Banker Middle East this year, including the Best Remittance Award in KSA, National Commercial Bank discusses the forex landscape in the Kingdom…
Cross border transactions: shape up or ship out
Dr. Saeeda Jaffar and James Daniell of Alvarez and Marsal investigate cross-border transactions.
At a global level, the tightening of banking regulations…
Creating opportunity in adversity
Michel Longhini, CEO of Private Banking at Union Bancaire Privée examines the private banking landscape in the GCC, its challenges and opportunities, amidst a tough global economic backdrop…
Improving operational efficiency
Greg Rung, Partner at Oliver Wyman’s Financial Services practise in the MEA region illustrates how to enable a bank to boost productivity by 25 per cent while operating at a 35 per cent cost-income…
Challenging times ahead for Turkey
Following its meteoric rise in the last few years, Turkey has now become embattled with slow economic growth, geopolitical stresses and lower central bank reserves—but not all is bleak.
A time of re-evaluation
Markus Massi, Partner and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group Middle East sheds light on the emerging trends in GCC’s ever-changing sovereign wealth fund landscape
It is no secret…
Balancing the scales
The largest SME bank in the UAE, RAKBANK plans to expand market share and take on all market segments in 2016 and beyond
How would you describe RAKBANK's performance in 2015?…
NBAD and FGB's prospective merger process
The amalgamation will combine the strengths of both banks, creating a massive entity—the largest banking institution in MENA.
Word started to spread in…
Expected headwinds for GCC banks
Tighter monetary policy and liquidity squeeze expected to weigh on GCC banks, explains Jaap Meijer, Managing Director, Equity Research at Arqaam Capital.
Headwinds from significant fiscal consolidation…
Weighing on Brexit
UK’s decision to leave believed to have minimal impact on GCC and the wider region.
Dreaded by some and unexpected by most, UK’s unprecedented move to leave the EU has left global…
Tapping into Australia’s property sector
Alande Mustafa Safi, Managing Director and Investment Specialist at Paragon Business Group provides an insight into its new fund and foreign investor behaviour towards Australia
Achievement of a lifetime
Patrice Couvegnes, Group CEO of Banque Saudi Fransi’s discusses his ambitions as the bank operates in a new economic climate
What are the driving factors of BSF's fiscal performance…
Stimulating trade activity
Casey Bell, Head of Trade Credit GCC at AIG says that the trade credit insurance sector is set to bolster UAE trade, especially in volatile times.
Increased use of trade credit insurance and…
Pensions in the Middle East
Michael Brough, Director in Willis Towers Watson’s International Consulting Group, provides an insight into the current state of the GCC pensions system.
Social security is offered to…
GCC insurance market contributes to the economy
Cedric Charpentier, Chief Sales and Distribution Officer at AXA Gulf, explains the resilience of the insurance market in the region.
With evolving economic conditions, the GCC insurance markets…
The Banker Middle East Industry Awards 2016 is the region’s leading financial event. This year 62 awards will be selected by the registered readers of Banker Middle East, Islamic Business & Finance, FinanceME, WEALTH Arabia magazines as well as users of www.cpifinancial.net
Thursday, May 12, 2016
The Banker Middle East Industry Awards 2015 is the region’s leading financial event. This year 30 awards will be selected by the registered readers of Banker Middle East, Islamic Business & Finance, FinanceME, WEALTH Arabia magazines as well as users of www.cpifinancial.net