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Rich flow of opportunity

June 2, 2004

Huge hydrocarbon reserves and modern infrastructure are creating a gold-rush mentality among bankers, with local banks’ profits rising and foreign institutions trying to get a look in. By Stephen Timewell in Doha.
Qatar’s booming economy is proving to be a bonanza for banks. Well-established local institutions have boosted profits and new regional players are buying in to get a slice of the huge opportunities available. Despite events in Iraq, investors and bankers are seeing the massive potential offered by Qatar’s unique hydrocarbon reserves and the modern infrastructure put in place in recent years.

New kids on the block

June 2, 2004

Banks in the Gulf have rarely taken minority stakes in banks elsewhere in the region but in recent weeks two prime players, Bahrain’s Ahli United Bank and National Bank of Kuwait, have been drawn to the attractions of the Qatar banking market.

Face the challenge

June 2, 2004

Top African bankers have been told they have to reduce costs, satisfy clients and become compliant. Parveen Bansal reports.

A part to play in Europe

May 3, 2004

Prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan talks to The Banker about Turkey’s role in Europe and other strategic policies.

Number crunching

May 3, 2004

Turkey’s economic recovery and reform continues to impress. Positive progress across the board will help the country to achieve its international ambitions.

Assets expand

May 3, 2004

Revaluation, consolidation, privatisation, economic revival and access to foreign markets all affected the banking sector in 2003.

Bank snapshots

May 3, 2004

As the Turkish economy expands, the major institutions are raising their game and improving their performance. Below we detail the key financial indicators for Turkey’s banking front runners.

Public financing

May 3, 2004

The Banker presents a comprehensive overview of Turkey’s debt position and likely borrowing requirements for the future.

The cutting edge of debt tools

May 3, 2004

Agence France Trésor has been a pioneer of European inflation-linked bonds. Natasha de Teran interviews chief executive Bertrand de Mazičres about the development of these debt instruments.

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