- Standard Chartered and USAID’s $60 million partnership boosts Zambia’s power grid
- Abu Dhabi Global Market signs FinTech MOU with Flat6Labs
- Cameroon looks to attract billions in FDI
- RSA signs deal with FGB for insurance products
- OAB ‘Elite’ customers receive additional services
- UAE investors account for 20 per cent of UK buy-to-let sales in 2015
- Byblos Bank launches the Byblos Bank World MasterCard Credit Card
- Dubai Parks and Resorts successfully raises AED 1.68 billion for Six Flags theme park
- FGB participates in the first National Services career fair
- Investcorp announces the sale of GL Education
At home to SMEs
Dr Bernd van Linder of Saudi Hollandi Bank
Business is booming
Global Islamic banking assets are set to reach $1.8 trillion in 2013, top 20 Islamic banks show growth of 16 per cent a year for the last three years.
What the experts predict
What's in store for the coming 12 months? We speak to experts, investors and analysts both within and outside the Middle East region for their views…
Failure is not an option
Steps are bieng taken to address the problem of banks that are 'too big to fail'.
Transaction, interaction, convergence
Kazem Aminaee, CEO and President of Spire Payments discusses how the point of sale industry has developed since its inception, what lessons have been learnt, and what the future holds.…
The race towards digital universality
Franky Van Damme, CEO of CR2, discusses the importance of an omnichannel experience in the banking industry
Digitisation in the Middle East has taken on a new level, moving faster than expected.…
Reaching the masses
Ishraq Mohammed Al Thebiani, Assistant General Manager of Corporate Communications at The Saudi Investment Bank, discusses marketing and communication strategies
What are your views…
Preparing for the future
Hussain Al Qemzi, Chairman of Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies discusses human capital competencies in UAE and the larger region.
How would you describe the current…
UAE: key to GCC’s wealth
Mohammed Bitar, Chief Commercial Officer at National Bonds Corporation, discusses the potential of the wealth management sector in the Gulf
How would you describe the development of…
Inculcating positive change
Massi Markus, Partner and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group Middle East highlights the importance of both public and private pension schemes for the region.
What are your…
Working towards a functional scheme
Marcus Gent, Managing Director of Middle East and RTW at Friends Provident International discusses the pensions landscape in the GCC.
Working in a region without formal pension arrangements…
Private equity: maintaining resilience
The private equity market is believed to require a change in adapting to a new era of ‘normal’
Against a backdrop of slowing global economy, increasing volatility in public equity…
Bahrain’s evolution as a financial centre
Dr Jarmo Kotilaine, Chief Economist, Bahrain Economic Development Board, writes on the development of Kingdom’s financial landscape.
Ambitious financial centre projects have been among…
Post sanctions—a cautious market
Rovine Chandrasekera, Managing Partner Middle East at Stephenson Harwood provides an analytical outlook on the GCC landscape following the lifting of sanctions on Iran
Since the lifting…
The earnings game
Binod Shankar, Director and Trainer at Genesis Institute discusses the implications of earning predictions
You know the old saying ‘The secret to happiness is low expectations’.…
Oil drivers from the Kuwait strike to US inventories
Ole Hansen, Head of Commodity Strategy at Saxo Bank discusses the Brent landscape post Doha talks
After touching $40/barrel in the aftermath of the failed Doha meeting, Brent crude has since…
GCC banking sector enters a new paradigm
Omar Mahmood, Head of Financial Services for Middle East and South Asia and Partner at KPMG Qatar, discusses the evolving banking landscape in the region.
It is not ‘new news’ that…
Economic crime–an ongoing concern in the Gulf
PwC highlights alarming levels of concern for awareness of cybersecurity in the Middle East markets
Cybercrimes across prominent markets in the Middle East are not showing any signs of improvement.…
Securing payment transactions
Johan Gerber, Group Head of Processing Product Management at MasterCard Worldwide, describes what is needed in the payment management system in the Gulf
Describe the payment security…
Collaboration-the key to getting ahead
Sagheer Mufti explains how ADIB’s collaboration with IBM has enhanced its digital transformation capabilities.
According to a recent GCC industry survey, a customer will increase business…
A promising market segment in the Gulf
Increasing wealth across the GCC countries cements industry confidence in a potentially thriving private banking market.
Private banking and wealth management is always seen as a growing opportunistic…
Egypt: an uphill battle
Egypt exercises countermeasures to stimulate its economy on the back of positive external financial support
Politically embattled since the Arab Revolution,…
Banking regulation in the UAE-the delicate balance
Tien Tai, Partner specialising in banking and finance at Holman Fenwick Willam paints a picture of how new regulations effect the country’s banking system.
Since the recent global financial…
New insurance rules bode well for Qatar
Mohammed Ali Londe, Assistant Vice President – Analyst, at Moody’s provides an assessment of the Qatar market.
On 30 March, Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud Al Thani, the governor…
Rising demand for professionalism
Matthew Cowan, Regional Director–Middle East, Chartered Institute of Securities & Investments, highlights the importance of professionalism in conducting business
Impact of IFRS 9 on banks across the Gulf
The International Financial Reporting Standard 9 (IFRS 9) replaces International Accounting Standard 39 (IAS 39), and will impact banks’ financial statements, with loss calculations the most…
2016: A matter of check and balance
Volatility and sluggish growth remains as the two central themes for 2016, but sentiments remain positive
Global market volatility and decreasing growth rates across the world has substantially…
Oman turns to new economic horizons
Amidst several setbacks in narratives last year, Oman remains resilient to weather the unfavourable economic and financial backdrop.
Things have been relatively challenging for the coastal…
Facing the fintech disruption
Cyril Gourp, Principal A.T. Kearney and Mukund Bhatnagar, Principal A.T. Kearney discuss what banks can do to add value to their…
GCC banking-breaking away from oil
Robert Abboud, MENA Financial Services Advisory Leader, EY gives an overview of what the overall GCC banking sector will face going forward in the face of poor oil prices
The GCC banking sector…
'You had me at Abu Dhabi'
Mark Peters, Head, Private Clients and Wealth Management – ADCB explains why it is so important to have a local private bank that knows its clients business from A to Z
Saudi Arabia: Life after oil
In October, the IMF’s gloomy prediction that Saudi Arabia could be bankrupt by 2020 made headlines around the world; but with tiny Government debt and massive fiscal reserves, surely things can’t…
Directing SME growth
New regulations by the Egyptian central bank require a significant increase in SME lending from every bank, potentially strengthening the sector but weakening loan books.
On 11 January…
QNB Economics: Where is the US economy heading in 2016?
In its latest commentary, QNB Economics notes that the US economy experienced strong growth in the second and third quarters of 2015, expanding by 3.9 per cent and 2.0 per cent respectively. However,…
Qatar's economy charges ahead
Paul Gamble, Senior Director at Fitch Ratings & Laila Sadek, Director, Fitch Ratings predict that Qatar’s economy will be the strongest in the GCC going forward.
The new reserve currency
According to ADS Securities, the Chinese yuan is now a global reserve currency.The Chinese yuan is now a global reserve currency. On Monday 30 November 2015 the International Monetary Fund (IMF) officially…
UAE banks tighten their belts
Farhad Irani, Executive Vice President, Head of Retail Banking Group, Mashreq discusses the UAE’s financial situation and the challenges and opportunities ahead for banks.Banks in the UAE are…
UNB looks to the future
UNB CEO Mohammed Nasr Abdeen discusses the bank’s focus as the UAE economy moves into a period of correction.After reporting robust growth in assets and profits in the first nine months of this…
NBF Elham—brings female entrepreneurship to the fore
National Bank of Fujairah’s (NBF) drive toward understanding customer needs across multiple business segments has resulted in ‘NBF Elham’, a specialised business service for the banking…
Catalysing Kuwait’s banking sector
Fitch Ratings report on Kuwait’sbanking sector is optimistic for its growth across loan segments.In its Q4 report, Fitch Ratings statement on a public spending boost to Kuwaiti Banks, points…
al khaliji – building a strong customer franchise
al khaliji’s GCEO Fahad Al Khalifa discussed his vision for the bank and strategies for cooperating between the Bank’s centres across Qatar, UAE and France with Zoya Malik.What is your…
UAE businesses celebrate Flag Day
Businesses across the UAE have come together to celebrate Flag Day.
Solvent but sensitive
GCC banks are solvent but sensitive to government activity with fiscal deficits shielding banks’ balance sheets and the whole economy from low oil prices. Jordi Rof, Economist at Asiya Investments…
Water in the desert—the battle for Saudi Arabian banking customers
Saudi Arabia’s vast landscape might soon be ruled by challenger banks that can provide a strong offering, posit Dr. Jan Engelke, Partner at Simon-Kucher & Partners and Matthew Jackson, Manager…
Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait: simpler banking
Michel Accad, CEO at ABK met Zoya Malik to discuss the bank’s newly launched ‘Simpler Banking’ programme and expansion into Egypt with the acquisition of Piraeus Bank Egypt (PBE).…
The emerging affluent: aspirational and ambitious
The emerging affluent across Asia and Africa are confident about their market’s growth prospects, expect their incomes to rise, have clear spending plans, and are highly confident in achieving…
Cedar acquires IBS Intelligence
What does a business consultancy service have to offer the banking and finance industry in this overcrowded market? Zoya Malik talks to Sanjiv Anand, Chairman, Cedar Management Consulting International…
Currency wars and the GCC
The recent yuan devaluation may trigger a currency war with other countries also devaluing, to boost exports and economic growth, comments Binod Shankar at Genesis Institute.The recent devaluation…
Green banking and sustainability
Doha Bank Group CEO Dr. R Seetharaman’s passion for and research into green banking and sustainability, subjects close to his heart, have won him a Ph.D from Sri Sri University, India. Zoya Malik…
GCC brands go global
David Haigh, Brand Finance’s Chief Executive highlights MENA’s top 50 brands with aviation, banking and telecoms sector corporates as leaders in the rankings.Every year, Brand Finance…
A Greek tragedy averted?
Dr. John Lodewijks and Professor Nitin Patwa of SP Jain School of Global Management analyse the political and economic relevance of Greece’s debt situation within the Eurozone and the Middle…
A catalyst for SME finance growth
Fatima Qasimi, Chief Executive Officer of Aseel Islamic Finance spoke to Zoya Malik about Aseel’s corporate values and approach to operating in a competitive market and contributing to the future…
Sparking an investment cycle
Jean-Sylvain Perrig, CIO at Union Bancaire Privee shares his views on the Fed’s and ECB’s policies to impact the banking sector globally and investors’ actions.Some observers…
Tadawul opening its gate to international investors
K. Vinod Cartic, Senior Consultant, Business & Financial Services, Frost & Sullivan offers his perspective on concerns and opportunities for foreign investors on the opening up of the Saudi…
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