Latest articles from Middle East

Tough line on reform pays off

December 2, 2003

In a region of political upheaval, Iran has worked hard to maintain its
stability. Strong oil revenues and healthy trade with the EU have
supported expansion and the outlook is positive.

Change is coming

December 2, 2003

Stephen Timewell reports on the slow but sure growth of Iran’s private banks.

Open to capital

December 2, 2003

Legal reforms have opened the doors of the Tehran Stock Exchange to foreign investors, reports Mohsen Asgari.

One-way traffic

December 2, 2003

While Iranian banks are deregulating and expanding abroad, foreign players are still constrained by regulation, as Stephen Timewell reports from Tehran.

Gulf gets a retail boost

November 3, 2003

While Gulf banks enjoy strong results, banks in non-oil countries have seen a drop in their profits. Stephen Timewell reports.

Bulls in a tight economy

November 3, 2003

It is a wonder that Zambia’s banks survive, let alone make money, in a country where running costs are high, reports Gill Baker.