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Posted: 25-02-2008
INTERNATIONAL. In its latest monthly Global Focus, Standard Chartered predicts there will be no sharp upturn in the current US recession and it will have a global impact. The rest of world may be better insulated, but not decoupled, and as risk aversion mounts, countries with current account deficits will see their currencies under pressure.The big story that is set to continue to unfold over coming months, and indeed years, is how the balance of global economic and financial power is shifting, from West to East. But three issues currently stand out. First, how severe will be th
Posted: July 31, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. "If the customer is not the key focus in all activities, whether it is improvements in delivery times or query resolution processes, efforts are wasted."
Posted: July 31, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. New research from PwC projects that traditional assets under management (AuM) in 12 markets across Africa will rise to around US$1,098 billion by 2020, from a 2008 total of US$293 billion.
Posted: July 29, 2015
UAE. Investment values in Egypt increased in 2014; UAE, Lebanon, Jordan and Morocco continue to be active in venture capital investments, according to the latest "MENA Private Equity & Venture Capital" report.
Posted: July 28, 2015
SAUDI ARABIA. Study by Glowork highlights women's perceptions before graduation, shows regional differences within the Kingdom, and the need to develop part time jobs and internship programs.
Posted: July 28, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Too often, we see the future as we see the past - through the distorted lens of the present; But whatever the time, direction or dimension we are operating in when forecasting geopolitical events, we must simultaneously exist in the past, present and the future to prepare for a world that we have yet to know.
Posted: July 27, 2015
UAE. New report by Citi and Nielsen reveals key attitudes and trends towards wealth management; Arriving HNWI: Respondents are more focused on making planned investments; Upgrading HNWI: Respondents are pragmatic and less risk averse.
Posted: July 27, 2015
UAE. To preserve economic and social stability and continue with development plans, MENA governments are considering tax measures to broaden their revenue base and increase tax yields.
Posted: July 27, 2015
UAE. "Following a two year bull-run we are currently going through a period of mid-cycle stabilization. This is primarily driven by a slow-down in the pace of demand growth, but with short term supply completions under control the market conditions are stable."
Posted: July 23, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The most objectionable part of the Iran deal is that the US did not link the deal to Iran's nefarious activities in and outside the region, which made the nuclear issue acute and unsettling.
Posted: July 23, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. "In reality, faith in the dollar is based solely on the belief that the U.S. dominance of the global economy will continue indefinitely, no matter how deeply we go into debt, how low our interest rates remain, and how unbalanced our trade becomes."
Posted: July 23, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Africa is at a different stage of growth to the developed world and growth capital is what Africa needs and PE provides; PE capital in Africa has not had much of the criticism (at least so far!!) that PE has had in the developed world.
Posted: July 22, 2015
UAE. Wermuth Asset Management warns of risks of hydrocarbon investment; Solar power now at US$4 cents/kWh - only oil sold below US$7/barrel can compete; Middle East oil producing countries encouraged to urgently diversify revenues.
Posted: July 21, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Four simultaneous crises ( Europe, Russia, the Middle East and China) in the centre of humanity's geopolitical gravity would be destabilizing by itself. However, if they began to merge and interact, the risks would multiply. Managing crises that were interlocked would press beyond the limits of manageability.
Posted: July 21, 2015
UAE. Most takaful players in the Gulf Cooperation Council region are still struggling to build a viable business position; Unless takaful insurers develop a clear way to differentiate their products, we expect them to find it difficult to achieve profitable growth.
Posted: July 15, 2015
UAE. UAE ranks eighth overall in Arcadis Retail Operation Index, with a strong economic environment and infrastructure ranking; UAE tops Middle East ranking as the most attraction location for retailers, followed by Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Egypt.

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date:Posted: July 31, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. "We can forecast with certainty the fears of a global market panic extending far beyond the strength or weakness of China's equity markets," says Gerald Celente.
date:Posted: July 31, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. "If the customer is not the key focus in all activities, whether it is improvements in delivery times or query resolution processes, efforts are wasted."
date:Posted: July 31, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. New research from PwC projects that traditional assets under management (AuM) in 12 markets across Africa will rise to around US$1,098 billion by 2020, from a 2008 total of US$293 billion.
INTERNATIONAL. New research from PwC projects that traditional assets under management (AuM) in 12 markets across Africa will rise to around US$1,098 billion by 2020, from a 2008 total of US$293 billion.
UAE. The Middle East has a unique set of challenges and opportunities with regard to creating large, mixed-use developments; In this interview, Louise Adams, Aurecon's former Country Manager UAE, describes the importance of investing in master planning and some of the current opportunities and trends within this region.
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