Sunday 06, November 2011    |   The business of banking

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  • 19    To the power of three

    Qatar Financial Centre aims to be destination of choice for asset management, reinsurance and captive insurance.

  • 26    Be first. Be smarter. Or Cheart.

    Margin Call offers a humanised introduction to 'financial crisis-lite' as la-la-land continues to try to make sense of the recent past...

  • 48    Three quarters of a very full year

    MENA banks' profitability continues to show further signs of improvement.

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  • 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…

  • Beyond digital

    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…

  • Exploring Palestine

    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…

  • Cybersecurity–a growing challenge in the Middle East

    Booz Allen Hamilton highlights the alarming cybersecurity issues amongst financial institutions in the Middle East

    Until recently, the risk of data theft and cyberthreats was perceived to be…

  • Braving uncertainties in the Lebanese market

    Lebanon’s financial and economic stability remains dependent on foreign capital inflows and the sustainability of public finances

    Stuck between a rock and a hard place, Lebanon’s…

  • Avoiding another ‘Panama Papers’ scandal

    By Eric Eifert, Senior Vice President of Managed Security Services at DarkMatter, a UAE headquartered cybersecurity specialist that works with governments and enterprises

    Financial firms have…

  • 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…

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