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National Bank of Bahrain embraces digital as it looks to the future

March 1, 2022

The National Bank of Bahrain's chief executive Jean-Christophe Durand discusses key recent developments for the country and its banking sector.

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Gulf consolidation slows as economic pressures ease

March 1, 2022

Middle Eastern fintechs and neobanks are attracting investment from overseas, as the wave of mega-mergers among the region’s largest lenders grinds to a halt.

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Bahrain plans fresh economic restructuring as Covid impact dissipates

February 22, 2022

Higher oil prices and a successful vaccination programme have eased pressure on Bahrain's economy. However, as Kit Gillet reports, questions remain about whether the country can meet its deficit reduction targets. 

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Bahrain's banks rebuild after Covid contraction

February 22, 2022

After being hit hard in the early days of the pandemic, Bahraini lenders are cautiously optimistic about growth prospects for 2022.

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Fintech growth and innovation in Bahrain

November 12, 2021

Fostering an innovative and competitive financial services sector requires a forward-thinking central bank to establish a strong regulatory framework.

Pandemic hits pre-tax profits at Bahrain’s banks

October 29, 2021

Two of the four largest lenders in the Gulf country posted a loss last year.

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Buna seeks to resolve cross-border payment issues

April 19, 2021

Mehdi Manaa, CEO of Buna, a multi-currency payment platform for the Arab region, on revolutionising cross-border payments.

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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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Bahrain advances with caution

February 17, 2020

Though flat oil prices are having an effect on Bahrain’s economy, the country’s banking sector continues to perform well, in spite of calls for consolidation.

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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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