- The Abraaj Group exits Unimed via an IPO on the Tunis Stock Exchange
- AUB reports net profit of $154.6 million for Q1 2016
- Saudi bourse will select share sale advisors in coming days says CEO
- MoF heads UAE delegation in the 102 GCC Financial and Economic Cooperation Committee meeting
- Moody's: Economic slowdown widens Sharjah's fiscal deficit and could pressure credit metrics
- Saudi National Insurance Co. ratings outlook revised to negative: rating affirmed at 'BBB'
- Global consumer lending: size, segmentation and forecast for the worldwide market
- CIBAFI launched Global Forum “Rethinking Values for Sustainable Growth”
- South Africa signs eight MoUs with Iran
- SA aims to increase African trade by half a trillion by 2019
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To the power of three
Qatar Financial Centre aims to be destination of choice for asset management, reinsurance and captive insurance.
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Margin Call offers a humanised introduction to 'financial crisis-lite' as la-la-land continues to try to make sense of the recent past...
Three quarters of a very full year
MENA banks' profitability continues to show further signs of improvement.
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…
Bank Aljazira: Retail banking... differentiated
Nabil D. AlHoshan, CEO and Managing Director speaks to Zoya Malik about the growth strategy of the bank in becoming a fully Shari’ah-compliant retail banking leader in KSA.Tell us of…
Global predictions in retail banking
2014 was an interesting year for the retail banking industry, but as we near 2015 it’s clear that there are more interesting changes afoot, comments François Chaffard at Gemalto.The rise…
Banque Saudi Fransi: Securing e-channel Services
Khaled A. Al-Toukhi, Division Head - GTB at Banque Saudi Fransi (BSF) tells BME of the development of the bank’s e-channel services.What e-services is Saudi Fransi offering customers?…
Embracing a risk culture
On the 40th anniversary of United Arab Bank, Zoya Malik spoke to Paul Trowbridge, CEO at UAB to discuss his views on risk management, the bank’s growth through challenging times and making a…
Big returns from UK rental real estate
A growing demand for rental property coupled with a severe undersupply, has helped rental returns grow substantially over the last few years. BME spoke to Adam Price, Managing Director…
Skills challenge for recruiters
UAE needs more local finance professionals to maintain economic prosperity comments Michael Armstrong, ICAEW Regional Director for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia at Emirati Youth Forum.It was…
Gulf Capital: The gateway to alternative investments in the Middle East
Dr. Karim El Solh, Co-Founder and CEO, Gulf Capital tells Zoya Malik about the make-up and performance of the company's funds and advises investors on GCC growth sectors.Kindly…
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