Latest articles from Middle East

Seeds of success

December 1, 2004

Bank Keshavarzi has transformed itself from a sleepy rural bank into a dynamic funding force that has invigorated Iran’s agricultural sector.

Fuelling investment

December 1, 2004

Iran’s prospects for liquefied natural gas sparkle but the timetable for project finance remains hazy.Kevin Godier and Jon Marks investigate.

Refreshed by reform

December 1, 2004

Iran’s reformers are keen to promote economic growth, which is leading to a resurgence of interest in the country’s private banks. Stephen Timewell reports.

Risky business

December 1, 2004

Iran’s economy may be improving but the uncertain political situation means investors must proceed with caution, writes Gareth Smyth in Tehran.

Opportunities in sight

December 1, 2004

M Jafar Mojarrad,vice-governor of Bank Markazi, Iran’s central bank, tells The Banker about the latest developments in the economy and the financial sector.

A new economic era for Iran

December 1, 2004

Iran is reaping the benefit of economic reforms and its banking privatisation plan is likely to be a springboard to further financial success. Stephen Timewell reports from Tehran.

Islamic insurance sector gets a boost in Bahrain

November 4, 2004

Against the background of its solid reputation as an international banking centre, Bahrain is expanding the scope of its activities with the development of its insurance market.

Arab banks’ profits soar

November 4, 2004

Political troubles have had little impact on the region’s banking sector, judging by this year’s Top 100 ranking.

Bahrain bolsters the Islamic finance industry

October 4, 2004

The burgeoning Sukuk bond market is just one sign of the global Islamic financial services industry’s spectacular growth, which Bahrain is promoting by providing a sound investment and regulatory environment. James Gavin and Jon Marks report.

Israeli banks up in arms over proposed reforms

October 4, 2004

Israel’s Finance Ministry is planning sweeping reforms of the country’s capital market and the banking sector. The reforms have the support of Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his top officials and the Bank of Israel.

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