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Kuwait central banker finds fine balance between prudence and innovation

April 1, 2019

Kuwait's central bank governor talks about preserving the attractiveness of the national currency and harnessing the power of technology while mitigating its risks.

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Kuwait invests in oil and gas while toeing OPEC line

April 1, 2019

As an OPEC member, Kuwait has agreed on oil production caps and accepted the new normal of low oil prices. The Banker assesses what this means for the country’s ambitions.

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Kuwait builds on its regional ambitions

April 1, 2019

Kuwait is oil-rich, has an enviable geopolitical location and a well-developed financial sector. James King assesses its ambitions to become a serious regional player in the Middle East.

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Banking sector bring clarity to Kuwait's vision

April 1, 2019

Kuwait's 2035 Vision is based around the country becoming a regional finance heavyweight. Now its banks are moving apace to make that a reality, with healthy bottom lines and innovative approaches to lending, retail and fintech. James King reports.

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FTSE emerging market listing shows Kuwait means business

April 1, 2019

Recent moves to improve Kuwait's capital markets have won the country a place on the FTSE Russell emerging markets list and boosted its international profile.

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Kuwait's Islamic finance sector takes off

April 1, 2019

Moves by Kuwait's central bank to sharpen regulation, improve liquidity and encourage greater take-up of fintech have nurtured the development of the country's Islamic finance sector. 

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Barclays brings home a rare Israel opportunity

March 1, 2019

In early 2019, the state of Israel conducted its largest ever international deal. Joint lead manager Barclays utilised its long-standing history in the country to help make the deal a success.

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Smaller and stronger: will consolidation shake up Middle East banking?

March 1, 2019

Consolidation is hitting banks operating within the GCC, creating regional 'mega-banks'. However, the appetite for M&A in the rest of the Middle East remains stilted.

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Will Fiscal Balance Program bring budgetary harmony back to Bahrain?

March 1, 2019

A slump in oil prices and a large budgetary deficit have left Bahrain's economy experiencing sluggish growth. However, a $10bn support package and a drive to reduce public debt give hope for a brighter future.

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Bahrain’s banks see a future in fintech

March 1, 2019

The Bahraini banking sector sees fintech development and Islamic finance as reliable prospects while oil prices remain low. Kit Gillet reports.