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NBK puts faith in technology to drive future growth

April 1, 2021

Salah Y Al-Fulaij, Kuwait CEO of NBK, on the state of Kuwait’s banking sector and the key drivers for post-pandemic growth.

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Trying times for Kuwait’s economy

April 1, 2021

Historic enmity between Kuwait’s government and national assembly offer little confidence that the country will pass the economic reforms it desperately needs.

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Kuwait’s banks bruised but unbowed

April 1, 2021

Banks in Kuwait may have taken a knock from Covid-19 and its related effects, but optimism remains.

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Could universal basic income rewrite Kuwait's future?

March 17, 2021

Kuwait relies on public sector wages and energy subsidies. If the country is to revive its withered private sector, radical changes are needed.

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Oiling the wheels of Kuwait’s recovery

March 16, 2021

Covid-19 has had a dramatic impact on the markets over the past year, especially as far as oil is concerned. 

Lebanon’s economic woes leave banks in limbo

March 8, 2021

Record low for the country’s currency in early March sparked angry protests, and there is little sign of improvement on the horizon.

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Fintechs drawn to underdeveloped Middle East and Africa markets

March 1, 2021

Western Union is one of a number of major companies to seize digital opportunities in the underbanked Middle East and Africa regions.

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Bahrain freezes bank repayments as GDP shrinks

March 1, 2021

Government acts as lower oil prices and the pandemic result in a rating downgrade.

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Saudi mega-merger symbolises Gulf M&A trend

March 1, 2021

Tie-up between NCB and Samba Financial heralds a second wave of bank consolidation in the region.

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Behind the push to make banking more inclusive in MENA

February 4, 2021

The Middle East and north Africa has some of the lowest access to financial services in the world, but work is underway to change this.