Latest articles from Lebanon


Lebanon central bank governor stays calm amid crises

November 1, 2011

The governor of Banque du Liban's conservative approach has set Lebanon on a firm post-crisis footing, and has enabled the country's banking sector to ride out the 'Arab Spring' uprisings in the Middle East and north Africa with relative ease.

Lebanon's urgent need for economic reform

September 7, 2011

Blom Bank's chairman Saad Azhari, Banque Audi's group CFO Freddie Baz, Byblos Bank's executive director Sami Haddad and the Lebanese Banks Association's secretary general Makram Sader discuss privatisation, economic reform and other issues facing the new Lebanese government.

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Lebanon brushes off external and internal upheaval

May 4, 2011

The collapse of its government earlier this year and subsequent political wrangling, together with less than optimistic trading figures, has left many fearing for the economic future of Lebanon. But the region has a long history of resilience in the face of adversity.

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Lebanese banks push on with overseas expansion

May 4, 2011

The conservative approach adopted by Lebanon's largely family-owned banking sector over the past decade has served it well in the post-crisis environment. Now its key players are increasingly eyeing an expansion into the frontier markets of eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. 

Riad Salemeh

Lebanon's central bank governor gives country's banks a clean bill of health

May 4, 2011

Riad Salameh, governor of the Banque du Liban, tells The Banker how the country's banks have been unaffected by the turbulence in the Middle East and north Africa, and explains why they have been performing so well of late.

Ready to roar

May 5, 2010

Despite its relatively low level of activity, the potential of Beirut Stock Exchange is causing both local and foreign investors to take notice. Writer Daniel Maalo

Lebanon presses forward with privatisations

May 5, 2010

Lebanon's minister of finance, Raya Haffar Al Hassanm, only took office last November but is already making inroads on attracting private investors to the region and tackling structural economic deficiencies. Writer Daniel Maalo

Lebanon's banks keep crisis at bay

May 5, 2010

Lebanon's banking sector continues to confound the pessimism that has plagued global finance since the onset of the crisis. However, the threat of political instability lingers, as does the possibility of an overdue round of consolidation. Writer Daniel Maalo

Lebanon's tradition of economic liberalism continues

October 5, 2009

Political risk consultant Exclusive Analysis provides a comprehensive overview of the opportunities and the risks of investing in Lebanon.

Is Lebanon's economy crisis proof?

October 5, 2009

The Lebanese economy's remarkable ability to withstand both political strife at home and financial crises overseas received universal acclaim. Achieving political consensus and reforming the country's archaic public finances will be the next challenge. Charlie Corbett reports from Beirut.

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