Despite facing budgetary pressures and a falling oil price, Hamood Sangour Al Zadjali, Oman's central bank governor, is optimistic over the country's future, describing to James King how directives to encourage SME lending and bring about a harmonious Islamic banking sector will bring huge benefits.
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Unlike some of its more illustrious neighbours, Oman's banking sector was barely affected by the global financial crisis, thanks in no small part to its domestic focus and cautious central bank. However, while the short-term prospects are strong, a plummeting oil price and increasing competition at home pose longer term challenges.
US shale production has significantly altered the landscape of the global energy market. Ahead of the Institute of International Finance's annual spring meeting in Qatar, James King looks at how OPEC is responding to this seismic shift.
The Middle East's private equity market had a successful year in 2014, with several notable deals, a number of vehicles closing their fundraising and increased international interest in the market. James King investigates how likely it is that its popularity will extend into 2015.
The president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development talks about the bank’s role in promoting private-sector development in north Africa and the Levant following the Arab Spring.
The best of the best are celebrated as The Banker crowns the global Bank of the Year, and hands out the laurels for our regional winners and the lender that has excelled the most when it comes to financial inclusion.
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