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Bouyant banks shape Egypt's vision for 2030

April 3, 2018

Egypt’s banks are throwing their weight behind extending financial inclusion to small and micro businesses, as well as the country's wider population as part of the national Vision 2030 strategy, helped by changes to the bankruptcy system and hopes of lower interest rates. James King reports.

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Egypt’s planning minister outlines decentralisation and development plans

April 3, 2018

Hala El Said, Egypt’s minister of planning and administrative reform, talks to James King about government strategies to cut unemployment through greater private sector involvement and the decentralisation of investment to the governorates. 

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Is the Gulf's M&A banking boom over?

March 1, 2018

The Banker’s merger and acquisition figures for 2017 show the end of the Gulf’s buying spree and a sharp increase in activity from Africa and the Levant. James King reports.

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Middle East and Africa M&A scene still has cards to play

March 1, 2018

While 2017 was not the banner year for M&A in the Middle East and Africa that 2016 had been, headline-grabbing deals were still being struck, notably FirstRand Limited’s acquisition of Aldermore. James King reports.

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First Bank of Nigeria CEO seeks to complete transformation

March 1, 2018

Adesola Adeduntan, the chief executive and managing director of First Bank of Nigeria, talks to James King about his digitalisation strategy and the fight to reclaim the position of Nigeria’s number one lender.

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UAE Banks Federation chairman sees the positive impact of AI

February 1, 2018

Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, chairman of the UAE Banks Federation, talks to James King about the importance of sharing information to combat cybercrime and the power of artificial intelligence. 

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Can the UAE meet its SME funding challenge?

February 1, 2018

SMEs seeking bank financing have traditionally had a tough task on their hands in the UAE. However, small steps are being taken to resolve this issue, and optimism is widespread that the situation will improve in line with the country's Vision 2021 national agenda. James King reports.

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UAE banks take a digital lead

February 1, 2018

While the short-term future of the UAE's banks looks promising thanks to a growing national economy and rising oil prices, it is the sector's long-term prospects – due largely to its early embracing of AI and collaboration with fintechs – that are giving the greatest cause for optimism. James King reports.

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International banks lead charge to fill GCC project finance gap

January 2, 2018

While Gulf Co-operation Council countries have announced a slew of infrastructure programmes of late, the region is suffering a reported $270bn project finance gap. This is opening the way for international and local banks to find innovative new mechanisms, as James King reports.

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Archer Mangueira: getting Angola's import-export balance right

January 2, 2018

The Angolan finance minister talks to James King about his reform plans to bolster foreign exchange reserves while making the country more self-sufficient in key goods.

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