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Bahrain SWF overcomes bout of turbulence

October 1, 2015

Bahrain's sovereign wealth fund, Mumtalakat, has weathered economic and political uncertainty both at home and throughout the wider Middle Eastern region, and is now back on a path to growth, with its aviation holdings being at the forefront of this turnaround.

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The fiscal route to a fairer Egypt

September 1, 2015

Egypt's recovery from a period of economic, social and political upheaval is now well under way and, says minister of finance Hany Kadry Dimian, a new fiscal policy is playing a key role within this comeback, while also ensuring that all sections of society feel its benefits.

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Scandals fail to derail Mauritius' IFC ambitions

September 1, 2015

Mauritius' reputation as a well regulated, safe destination for banking and business has suffered during recent corruption scandals, but such is the country's strong reputation that these events do not seem to have adversely affected its ambitions to become an international financial centre.

Mauritius' economy gathers momentum

September 1, 2015

A move from tourism and textiles to financial services, a focus on Asia and Africa instead of Europe, and the election of a new business-friendly government have seen Mauritius' economy change direction in recent years. And the early signs are that these shifts are paying off.

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Mauritius finance minister looks to new economic model

September 1, 2015

The finance minister of Mauritius' belief that the country is at a crossroads is driving his efforts to revive its economy by recreating it with an emphasis on the services sector and the 'ocean economy'. He updates James King on the progress of these plans.

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Iran: open for business

September 1, 2015

The historic deal to end sanctions imposed by various Western powers upon Iran still has hurdles to clear, but already would-be investors are eyeing the country's rich potential.

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The oil drain: how will banks in the Arab world cope?

September 1, 2015

As oil prices remain in the doldrums, the spending plans of hydrocarbon-dependent economies within the Arab world appear to be taking a hit. James King looks at how this new environment will affect the region's banks. 

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Mauritius CBG looks towards a calmer currency environment

September 1, 2015

Mauritius' central bank governor discusses the challenges that he faces, including the volatility of exchange rates and high leverage ratios within some of the country‚Äôs corporates.

Iran and Cuba's warm welcome could run cold

August 24, 2015

Major progress has been achieved in the reconciliation between the US and its old adversaries, Cuba and Iran. But there are many hurdles to be overcome before normal relations are restored.

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Al Rayan Bank CEO enjoys UK comforts

August 1, 2015

Al Rayan Bank CEO Sultan Choudhury explains how the first Western sharia-compliant bank defied early setbacks and the global financial crisis to write its own success story. 

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