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Will Kuwait's stock exchange watchdog show its teeth?

April 2, 2012

In an attempt to tighten its regulatory framework and instil greater confidence in investors, Kuwait’s parliament has approved its first independent capital markets regulator for the Kuwait Stock Exchange. Only time will tell if the move can resuscitate the market.

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Kuwait's banks struggle to deploy capital

October 3, 2011

Awash with liquidity, Kuwait's banks are struggling to find opportunities to deploy their capital. Implementation of the country's much-heralded $113bn Economic Development Plan is making slow progress amid parliamentary disputes, and banks remain wary of the beleaguered investment and real estate markets.

Kuwait goes to the polls

Kuwait: a calm presence in an unsettled region

March 22, 2011

As political and social unrest spreads across many countries in the Middle East and north Africa, Kuwait – the Gulf region's only democracy – is making progress across many fields in a quiet and efficient manner.

Faisal Al Ayyar, vice-chairman, Kipco

The race to fill the Middle East's pensions gap

March 21, 2011

Funding retirement presents a challenge for governments in the Middle East and north Africa because of the vast numbers of people who will reach retirement age in the next 40 years – but it also offers opportunities for financial services providers.

Sheikh Salem Abdul Aziz Al-Sabah, central bank governor, Kuwait

Central Bank of Kuwait's precaution pays off

March 18, 2011

Sheikh Salem Abdul Aziz Al-Sabah, central bank governor of Kuwait, tells The Banker about the next steps in the country's economic development plan and how a regional single currency can become a reality.

Bader Al-Sa'ad, managing director, Kuwait Investment Authority

Kuwait Investment Authority moves to active investment

March 18, 2011

With a reputed $200bn under management, the Kuwait Investment Authority has been moving away from its traditional reliance on blue-chip stocks, but will its new enthusiasm for active investment pay off?

Kuwait's Mina al-Ahmadi refinery

Kuwait's energy sector faces political stalemate

March 17, 2011

Oil companies are looking to Kuwait's government for signs that the country's major energy projects are to get under way, but legislative deadlock is hampering their future.

Kuwait's National Assembly

Kuwait development plan points to bright future

March 15, 2011

The unrest across the Arab world and the subsequent rise in oil prices have impacted upon Kuwait, but the tiny Gulf country seems well insulated from such issues, thanks in part to its government-approved $100bn development plan.

Ibrahim Dabdoub, CEO, National Bank of Kuwait

Mixed results for Kuwaiti banks

March 14, 2011

The past year has seen the performance of Kuwait's banks vary. All, however, are hoping that the government-approved $100bn development plan will help breathe new life into the sector.

Picking up the pieces

May 28, 2010

Kuwait's banks are beginning the process of recovery following a tumultuous year. Writer Daniel Maalo

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