Latest articles from James King

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Kuwait central bank governor builds on risk reduction and regulation measures

April 3, 2017

Mohammad Al-Hashel, the governor of the Central Bank of Kuwait, talks to James King about his efforts to strengthen the bank's supervisory capacity, meet the challenges of adopting IFRS9 and ensure the continued stability of the banking system.

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Kuwait Banking Association secretary general eyes Islamic finance and PPP opportunities

April 3, 2017

Dr Hamad Al-Hasawi, secretary general of the Kuwait Banking Association, talks to James King about the country’s drive to become an Islamic finance hub, and how PPP project financing will bring further opportunities. 

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Saudi Arabian banks stay ahead of the game

April 3, 2017

Despite low oil prices and flat economic growth, Saudi Arabia’s banks have remained active and stand in a strong position compared with their regional peers. James King reports.

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Saudi Arabia looks to realise its 2030 vision

April 3, 2017

Saudi Arabia's blueprint for the future, Vision 2030, aims to diversify the economy and cement the country's status as a Middle Eastern powerhouse. But the reforms necessary to modernise the country and attract investment will bring challenges as well as opportunities, as James King reports.

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Saudi capital markets play prime role in diversifying economy

April 1, 2017

In line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 blueprint to diversify the country’s economy away from oil, its capital markets are being liberalised and broadened to include regional and foreign investors. James King reports.

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GCC banking M&A stuck in a rut

March 1, 2017

The high-profile NBAD-FGB merger has failed to start a consolidation trend in the Gulf Co-operation Council countries, with M&A activity for 2016 otherwise flat and little movement expected in the coming months. James King reports.

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Economic headwinds look set to revive African M&A

March 1, 2017

African M&A was down in 2016 from the previous year as foreign investors stayed away, with only Egypt enjoying notable activity. However, economic headwinds are likely to drive consolidation, especially among smaller regional banks, in 2017. James King reports.

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Lebanon takes a consolidatory route

March 1, 2017

Lebanon was a hub of M&A activity in 2016, with the country's larger banks buying up smaller operators, while global lenders exited the scene. James King reports.

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How derisking became a humanitarian issue

February 1, 2017

The withdrawal of correspondent banking from high-risk markets, or ‘derisking’, is an increasingly common response from banks wanting to avoid punitive fines. But its human cost means there is an urgent need for alternatives, as James King reports. 

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Abu Dhabi targets fintech hub status

February 1, 2017

Keen to diversify its economy further away from oil, Abu Dhabi is looking to position itself as the fintech hub for the Middle East and Africa, backed by projects such as the RegLab sandbox. James King reports.

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