Latest articles from James King

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West Africa stock market heads regional integration push

July 4, 2018

The BRVM, the shared stock exchange for the eight West African Economic and Monetary Union states, is the world’s only unified and regionally integrated bourse. Though it faces several challenges it is ideally placed to lead the further integration of Africa’s stock exchanges, as James King discovers.

Top 1000 World Banks - FAB’s arrival turns Middle East table on its head

July 2, 2018

A bank formed by a mega-merger in 2017 has moved the Middle East’s centre of gravity to the UAE. James King reports. 

Top 1000 World Banks - South African banks lead a recovering African sector

July 2, 2018

Africa’s slow but steady recovery is shown in the 2018 statistics, with Standard Bank once more topping the rankings. James King reports.

Top 1000 World Banks - Asian lenders make presence felt in new arrivals table

July 2, 2018

The Top 1000 2018 new arrivals table show less diversity and a general drop in Tier 1 capital but it is China that brings the most new entrants. James King reports.

Beirut teaser

Lebanon's economy remains on a knife-edge

June 1, 2018

Lebanon's economy has been underperforming in recent years, hit by political uncertainty and fears over the conflict in Syria. However, an injection of finance from a group of international donors, combined with excitement over oil and gas discoveries, provide some cause for optimism. James King reports.

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Lebanese banks confound expectations – but for how long?

June 1, 2018

Lebanese banks have weathered punishing conditions, including a tough new tax regime. Technological innovations continue to drive progress, but as James King reports, structural economic flaws must be addressed if they are to continue to thrive. 

Khalid Al Rumaihi teaser

Economic Development Board chief eyes fintech model for Bahrain

June 1, 2018

Khalid Al Rumaihi, chief executive of Bahrain’s Economic Development Board, talks to James King about moving the country's economy away from oil, leveraging its financial hub credentials to attract fintechs and how Amazon gave it a vote of confidence by locating its first regional data centre there.

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Banks look to cash in on changing Saudi environment

May 1, 2018

Saudi Arabia’s economy is changing as taxes on expat workers fuel an exodus, while the relaxation of driving rules is giving women more employment opportunities. Together with developing sectors such as entertainment and home ownership, this is providing local banks with plenty of opportunities, as James King reports.

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How will reforms change Saudi Arabia

May 1, 2018

Saudi Arabia is undergoing vast social and economic reforms, aimed at reducing its dependence on oil, providing employment for women and the young, and emerging as a regional capital markets hub. James King looks at the progress being made so far.

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Saudi Arabia's Capital Market Authority sets reform example

May 1, 2018

A key component of Saudi Arabia's wide-ranging reforms include modernising the economy, and the Capital Market Authority, led by Mohammed El-Kuwaiz, is in the forefront of driving this change. James King reports.

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