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Rich flow of opportunity

June 2, 2004

Huge hydrocarbon reserves and modern infrastructure are creating a gold-rush mentality among bankers, with local banks’ profits rising and foreign institutions trying to get a look in. By Stephen Timewell in Doha.
Qatar’s booming economy is proving to be a bonanza for banks. Well-established local institutions have boosted profits and new regional players are buying in to get a slice of the huge opportunities available. Despite events in Iraq, investors and bankers are seeing the massive potential offered by Qatar’s unique hydrocarbon reserves and the modern infrastructure put in place in recent years.

New kids on the block

June 2, 2004

Banks in the Gulf have rarely taken minority stakes in banks elsewhere in the region but in recent weeks two prime players, Bahrain’s Ahli United Bank and National Bank of Kuwait, have been drawn to the attractions of the Qatar banking market.

Face the challenge

June 2, 2004

Top African bankers have been told they have to reduce costs, satisfy clients and become compliant. Parveen Bansal reports.

America for sale

June 2, 2004

European banks are rushing to buy American banks, but will they make money? Or will it all end in tears, as it did the last time they tried in the 1980s.

Another success for the corporate healer

June 2, 2004

Intesa managing director and CEO Corrado Passera tells Karina Robinson how he plans to keep the bank on an upward path after turning it around.

A part to play in Europe

May 3, 2004

Prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan talks to The Banker about Turkey’s role in Europe and other strategic policies.

Number crunching

May 3, 2004

Turkey’s economic recovery and reform continues to impress. Positive progress across the board will help the country to achieve its international ambitions.

Assets expand

May 3, 2004

Revaluation, consolidation, privatisation, economic revival and access to foreign markets all affected the banking sector in 2003.

Bank snapshots

May 3, 2004

As the Turkish economy expands, the major institutions are raising their game and improving their performance. Below we detail the key financial indicators for Turkey’s banking front runners.

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