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Palestine presses on with banking sector development

September 3, 2018

Palestine’s banks have to contend with challenges that include political tensions, an underbanked population and no national currency.

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Mohammad Y Al-Hashel: Unlocking Islamic finance’s true potential

September 3, 2018

Islamic finance should have a wider global appeal, writes Kuwait's central bank governor.

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Qatar’s central bank governor hails resilient economy

August 1, 2018

Abdulla Bin Saoud Al-Thani, governor of the Qatar Central Bank, talks to Kit Gillet about enduring the economic blockade and the country’s growing Islamic finance industry.

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Emirates NBD’s new digital lead brings a fintech mindset

August 1, 2018

Evans Munyuki, recently appointed as group chief digital officer at Emirates NBD, talks to Joy Macknight about his plans to take the digitally mature bank to the next level of innovation. 

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Will protests derail Jordan's reform agenda?

July 4, 2018

The protests over tax reforms that have hit Jordan in recent months and brought about the resignation of its prime minister set alarm bells ringing in the West as well as the wider Middle East. Adrienne Klasa examines how one of the region's most stable countries can now move forward.

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In splendid isolation: how Qatar's banks are thriving amid a blockade

June 1, 2018

Blockaded by several influential Arab countries since June 2017, Qatari banks have had to cope with ratings downgrades and an outflow of deposits. However, as Kit Gillet reports, they are still posting impressive profits and seem unfazed by such geopolitical unrest.

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Qatar finds the silver lining to the trade blockade

June 1, 2018

A year since four of its neighbours severed economic ties with Qatar, the country has unexpectedly found that the new economic circumstances have resulted in an accelerated programme of reforms. Kit Gillet reports.

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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. 

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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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