Latest articles from James King

Staying ahead of the slump

South Africa's banks stay ahead of the slump

May 2, 2016

Though South Africa's economy is cooling, its banks are continuing to perform strongly. For some, growth is coming from operations elsewhere in Africa, while for others its is stemming from the domestic market. James King looks at the strategies being employed to keep the country's lenders buoyant in a slow-growth environment.

east Africa's infrastructure gap

Who will fund east Africa's infrastructure shortfall?

May 2, 2016

Although infrastructure across the continent is crying out for investment, the pro-business environment in east Africa makes the region particularly attractive for lenders. However, the challenge for both local and international banks is finding well-structured and bankable deals, as James King discovers.

Filling east Africas infrastructure gap

Kenyan banks' east African expansion raise supervisory concerns

May 2, 2016

As trade and co-operation has increased across east Africa, so has cross-border banking, with Kenyan lenders leading the way. But although this move is spreading new technologies and services while increasing competition, are there sufficient supervisory structures in place? James King investigates.

Lesetja Kganyago

South Africa's CBG takes price stability route out of difficulties

May 2, 2016

The governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Lesetja Kganyago, tells James King about efforts to combat rising inflation and the impact of a devastating drought on the country’s economic outlook.

Saudi Arabia discovers a sense of urgency

Saudi Arabia discovers a sense of urgency

April 1, 2016

With minimal growth and a hefty deficit expected in 2016, the Saudi Arabian government knows it must act fast to reverse the downward trend. James King looks at the raft of measures the country is putting in place to become less reliant on oil and achieve long-term growth.

Saudi Arabias blueprint for growth

Saudi Arabia's blueprint for growth

April 1, 2016

Saudi Arabia has accepted that fundamental change is needed to deal with its budget deficit and is stepping up to the challenge with a long-term plan that includes privatisation, cuts to subsidies, boosting religious tourism and creating a more diversified economy. James King reports on its progress.

Mohammad Al-Hashel

Kuwait's CBG looks to stability and sukuk

April 1, 2016

The governor of the Central Bank of Kuwait, Mohammad Al-Hashel, tells James King about his efforts to maintain exchange rate stability, prevent banks from becoming over-reliant on the real estate industry, and create a sukuk-friendly environment in the country.

Saudi Arabia's banks braced for a slowdown

April 1, 2016

Well capitalised with low non-performing loan ratios and strategically diverse business lines, Saudi Arabia's banks have weathered the country's economic slowdown well. Now, with the economic backdrop unlikely to change in their favour, these lenders are looking at ways to remain profitable in the long term.

Kuwait maintains its long term vision for growt

Kuwait maintains its long-term vision for growth

April 1, 2016

Kuwait's economy has come under pressure in the past year, mainly due to falling oil prices. But, with the help of healthy sovereign reserves, the country has weathered the difficulties well, and the government remains committed to its long-term development plan. 

Meshaal Jaber Al Ahmad Al Sabah

KDIPA chief looks to foreign investment boost for Kuwait

April 1, 2016

The director-general of the Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Agency tells James King how the country's opening up to foreign investment and the liberalisation of its economy is helping to alleviate the impact of the oil price crash.

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