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Kuwait progresses towards Islamic banking vision

Kuwait progresses towards Islamic banking vision

April 1, 2014

Islamic banking already has a strong presence in Kuwait. With a number of innovative lenders competing in the sector, and support and regulatory oversight from the country's central bank, it looks as though the industry can only become a more prominent fixture on the country's financial landscape.

Will Kuwait dig deep to realise energy potential

Will Kuwait dig deep to realise energy potential?

April 1, 2014

Kuwait may lay claim to more than 5% of the world's total oil reserves, but without the expertise and equipment needed to tap into the bulk of this, and with strict rules prohibiting foreign help, the country is struggling to realise its energy potential.

Competition hotting up in resurgent Kuwaiti banking sector

Competition hotting up in resurgent Kuwaiti banking sector

April 1, 2014

With performance starting to pick up again in the Kuwaiti banking sector, and strong growth potential both in the domestic market and in neighbouring Iraq, the small country is finding itself the focus of a growing number of lenders, with competition among them growing fierce.

Kuwait looks to build on firm foundations

Kuwait looks to build on firm foundations

April 1, 2014

Steadily rising oil prices, a stable economy and the implementation of the National Development Plan are causing ripples of optimism in Kuwait, as the country looks to build on the slow progress it has been making in recent years.

Kuwait's upgraded exchange gears up for more business

April 1, 2014

With a greatly increased technological capacity and a new external regulator increasing transparency, hopes are high that there will soon be a healthy pipeline of deals for the Kuwait Stock Exchange.

High-yield bond rings the changes for Israeli telco

High-yield bond rings the changes for Israeli telco

April 1, 2014

Despite an unusual structure as the holding company for a fixed-line monopoly, B Communications issued Israel's first dual-listed bond to considerable demand.

Mohammad Al-Hashel

Kuwait's CBG pushes optimistically ahead

April 1, 2014

With the country's well-capitalised banking sector set to transition smoothly to Basel III standards and a positive macroeconomic outlook, central bank governor Mohammad Al-Hashel is able to concentrate on Kuwait's longer term prospects. He tells The Banker how he expects more growth in the Islamic banking sector and an increase in government spending, both of which will prove beneficial to the country's economy.

Jordan defies regional unrest

Jordan's banks defy regional unrest

March 3, 2014

Political instability in the Middle East has taken a toll on Jordan’s economy, but those on the inside maintain that the country remains politically and economically stable, and open for business. 

Kuwait governor's Islamic finance agenda

February 14, 2014

Kuwait’s central bank governor Mohammad al-Hashel is at the forefront of new thinking on Islamic finance.

The Middle Easts movers and shakers in 2013

The Middle East's biggest movers and shakers in 2013

January 2, 2014

A profile of the appointments who made an impact in banking and finance in the Middle East in 2013.

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