Politics & Economics

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Posted: 19-07-2011
INTERNATIONAL. Something extraordinary, albeit not unexpected, is happening in the Persian Gulf region. The United States, lacking a coherent strategy to deal with Iran and too distracted to develop one, is struggling to navigate Iraq’s fractious political landscape in search of a deal that would allow Washington to keep a meaningful military presence in the country beyond the end-of-2011 deadline stipulated by the current Status of Forces Agreement. At the same time, Saudi Arabia, dubious of U.S. capabilities and intentions toward Iran, appears to be inching reluctantly toward an accommod
Posted: August 8, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Adam Woodhouse, director in KPMG's CIO advisory practice, comments on the consequences of the Brexit vote for CIOs and what they should be doing next.
Posted: August 6, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Andrew Sentence, senior economic adviser at PwC, comments on the latest BoE bank rate cut; "A token gesture which is unlikely to help the economy much in the current situation".
Posted: August 5, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Central bank made history by cutting interest rates to a new record-low at 0.25%; The MPC also announced an expansion to QE and the introduction of purchasing corporate bonds.
Posted: August 5, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The facts on the ground remind us of the Vietnam War, except that the war in Afghanistan is even more complicated and becoming increasingly intractable.
Posted: August 4, 2016
LEBANON. 78% of the surveyed Lebanese considered that their personal financial situation is "worse off" than it was six months earlier, while 17.6% stated that their financial situation remained the same and only 4.4% said it was "better off".
Posted: August 4, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Possibly a transitional EEA-style relationship (that mirrors the EEA in almost every aspect) pending a tailored, bilateral FTA agreement being thrashed out.
Posted: August 4, 2016
UAE. Latest quarterly global survey from ACCA and IMA shows oil price rise boosts business confidence across GCC; Continued focus on diversification and closing budget deficits remain key; However Brexit shock likely to offset fragile recovery in global business confidence in Q2 16/17.
Posted: August 3, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Although equities ignored oil price movements most recently, the strong correlation is likely to come back as oil trades below US$40.
Posted: August 1, 2016
UAE. New report from MEED says oil price recovery will boost UAE economy in 2017; Higher oil prices, Expo 2020 and increasing trade with Iran to drive recovery; Projects market to benefit from return of confidence with $629bn project pipeline.
Posted: July 31, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Finland tops 2016 Social Progress Index; Canada, Australia and UK also perform well; The most significant underperformers relative to GDP are the Gulf States: Saudi Arabia (65th, $49,537); Kuwait (45th, $69,878) and the UAE (39th, $64,563).
Posted: July 29, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Iran received its first delivery of Russian-made S-300 air defense systems in May; Satellite imagery shows intensive construction underway at an air base near Tehran to accommodate the systems.
Posted: July 29, 2016
JORDAN. Humanitarian access is still needed across Aleppo; Some 250,000 to 400,000 civilians remain in what was once Syria's largest city - not all of them want or are able to leave.
Posted: July 29, 2016
INTERNATINAL. The BoJ decided to expand the amount of exchange traded funds purchased from 3.3 to 6 trillion Yen while leaving main interest rates unchanged despite the economy's vulnerable state.
Posted: July 28, 2016
UAE. Aims to reward innovative companies around the world; Another example of Dubai's deepening commitment to becoming a test bed for futuristic technologies and businesses; Companies will compete to solve seven key "21st century challenges".
Posted: July 27, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Mobile ecosystem adds more than US$150 billion in economic value to African economy.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: August 24, 2016
UAE. 71% of respondents think Brexit will not impact Dubai's competitiveness as a global financial centre.
date:Posted: August 24, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. With disruptive technologies changing the way people move around, new EY report recommends governments look to citizen behaviour as the starting point for developing sustainable transport policy.
date:Posted: August 24, 2016
UAE. 92% of polled GCC SMEs already on social media; Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn driving unprecedented customer engagement for Arab SMEs, according to new Orient Planet Research report.
INTERNATIONAL. With disruptive technologies changing the way people move around, new EY report recommends governments look to citizen behaviour as the starting point for developing sustainable transport policy.
INTERNATIONAL. As smart devices are becoming autonomous, chief information security officers are being required to adopt new mechanisms and approaches to trust.
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