INTERNATIONAL. A private sector working group, consisting of representatives from the Palestinian and Israeli business community, met yesterday in London to finalise a Joint Declaration and Action Plan for revival of the Palestinian economy. The Declaration identifies priority areas, such as movement of people and goods, protection of the activities of investors, good governance, transparency and accountability. The private sector will be the driving force for economic growth and development.
The Declaration will be presented at the Conference on 'Promoting Economic Growth in the We
Posted: October 28, 2014
UAE. PwC commissioned a survey of more than 500 retail banking customers in the GCC, to find out what customers really want.
Posted: October 24, 2014
PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES. Saeb Erekat has laid out in the clearest terms yet plans to establish an independent Palestinian state within three years.
Posted: September 30, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The Israeli leader displayed a photo of Hamas rocket launchers placed alongside children playing, illustrating the argument that the militants use civilians as human shields.
Posted: September 22, 2014
UAE. In a world careening out of control, children and teens affected by war yearn for the familiar - a roof over their heads, or a school schedule, or simply a family member to hold their hands.
Posted: September 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. World Bank report spells out the repercussions of the political uncertainty and restrictions on movement and access and recommends remedial actions by all parties.
Posted: September 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The United Nations has brokered an Israeli-Palestinian deal on imports of construction materials to Gaza to ensure they will not be diverted by Hamas militants.
Posted: September 9, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. President Mahmoud Abbas will ask the Security Council to "intervene and take control" of peace efforts; "We are telling the U.S., your plan has not worked out."
Posted: September 7, 2014
PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES. We won't accept a partnership with them if the situation continues like this in Gaza where there is a shadow government...running the territory."
Posted: September 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Tthe step stemmed from political decisions taken after the June killing of three Israeli teenagers snatched from a roadside in the same area.
Posted: August 30, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "I believe that in the wake of the Gaza war and the basis on which the ceasefire was established, a new momentum for peace negotiations might have been created."
Posted: August 29, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Prospects of a final deal on a long-term Gaza truce between Israel and Hamas were seen as shaky after its leader ruled out Israeli demands to disarm the Palestinian militant group.
Posted: August 27, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. No clear victor emerged from what had become a war of attrition between the Middle East's most powerful armed forces and the dominant Hamas militant movement in the Gaza Strip.
Posted: August 25, 2014
IRAN. Tehran will "accelerate" arming Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in retaliation for Israel deploying a spy drone over Iran, which was shot down, a military commander said.
Posted: August 25, 2014
UAE. With its oil wealth, population growth and strong demand for industrial and consumer goods, the MENA region is an attractive market. There are, however, potential pitfalls in doing business, particularly when it comes to appointing local agents to distribute products in the region.
Posted: August 21, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The Israeli military had no immediate comment on what would constitute the killing of the most senior Hamas men since it launched its offensive on Gaza six week ago.
date:Posted: October 29, 2014
UAE. Total wealth in the GCC stood at US$ 1.7 tillion in 2014, up 4.75% from 2013; Total wealth in Saudi Arabia and UAE grew by 5%; Global household wealth up 8.3% to US$263 trillion, driven by the US and Europe, according to Credit Suisse Research Institute.
date:Posted: October 28, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Foreign policy is what a president wishes would happen; foreign affairs are what actually happen; the problem that Obama has, which has crippled his foreign policy, is that his principles have not been defined with enough rigor to provide definitive guidance in a crisis.