Latest articles from James King

Dubai International Financial Centre lays down the law

Dubai International Financial Centre lays down the law

February 1, 2015

In recent years, Dubai has been developing its capabilities in the field of dispute resolution, with its crowning achievement being the creation of its Dubai International Financial Centre courts, which have only increased Dubai's appeal as an international finance hub.

Ashraf Salman

Reform agenda marks start of a new era for Egypt

January 26, 2015

The election of a new government has helped turn around Egypt's economic fortunes and, according to the country's minister of investment, Ashraf Salman, further reforms will see the country's investment environment become even more attractive. 

The Islamic microfinance challenge

The Islamic microfinance challenge

January 5, 2015

That there is a need for microfinance in predominantly Islamic countries is taken as a given by most, yet providing sharia-compliant microfinance seems to be beyond many financial institutions. So what can be done? James King investigates.

New growth avenues fuel UAE banking success

New growth avenues fuel UAE banking success

January 2, 2015

Encouraging growth in the non-hydrocarbon, SME and retail sectors have all contributed to what has been a largely successful year for the United Arab Emirates' banking sector.

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Israel's hi-tech ascent

December 1, 2014

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

December 1, 2014

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. 

Bursa Malaysia's Islamic innovation drive

November 3, 2014

Bursa Malaysia is the leading global centre for Islamic capital markets. Its chief executive tells James King that the exchange is still looking to innovate, with expanding the borders of Islamic finance a key priority.

Sukuk sheds its niche status

November 3, 2014

The growth of 'hard' currency sukuk issuance is pushing the market to the next level, as new issuers and new investors flock to the sharia-compliant finance space to capitalise on the growth prospects of emerging economies in the Gulf and Asia. 

Hussain Al Qemzi

Noor CEO heralds an age of harmonisation

November 3, 2014

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. 

Islamic banks take on Basel III

November 3, 2014

Four leading representatives discuss the impact of Basel III on the Islamic banking industry, what benefits the regulations will bring and why Islamic banks are well positioned to meet the requirements. 

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