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Israel's hi-tech ascent

Israel’s impressive ecosystem of hi-tech start-ups is increasingly taking on financial technology, with bold ambitions and an eye to the larger potential offered by the US, Europe and Asia. 

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EBRD president promotes development in north Africa

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. 

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Bank of the Year Awards 2014 – global and regional winners

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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Bank of the Year Awards 2014 – Middle East

The cream of the crop for 2014 from the Middle East.

Hussain Al Qemzi

Noor CEO heralds an age of harmonisation

Hussain Al Qemzi, CEO of Noor Bank, discusses the long-term prospects for the Islamic banking sector, describing the valuable role it can play in promoting greater cross-border co-operation and operational harmonisation. 

Top 100 Arab banks, 2014

Top 100 Arab banks, 2014: a stand-out year

Banks across the Arab world are prospering, according to The Banker’s Top 100 Arab banks ranking, thanks to the health of the financial sector despite ongoing political and security risks in some areas.

Ziad Fariz

Central Bank of Jordan's 10-year plan

Jordan has endured a demanding few years in light of the challenging political and security environment in the Middle East. However, a series of policies introduced by the Central Bank of Jordan and the country's government are already making headway in tackling these challenges.

Karnit Flug

Israel CBG: Interest rate cuts target weak economy

A year into Karnit Flug’s tenure as governor of the Bank of Israel, James King looks at the impact of her stewardship on the broader economy.

Israeli banks seek hi-tech growth

Israel's banks gear up for their next phase of growth

A difficult macroeconomic environment has hardly dented the performance of Israeli banks, which are pushing ahead with new plans for longer term growth by honing their strategies in sectors including hi-tech and energy.

Cyber attack

Cyber attack: Is your bank safe?

From financially motivated cyber crime to politically influenced cyber warfare, the virtual threats to financial institutions are multiplying. Companies must respond by arming themselves against such attacks or else they risk losing their footing on the new digital battleground.

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