The BI-ME Interview

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Posted: 02-03-2008
INTERNATIONAL. A new business book by Aamir A Rehman shatters many myths about the Middle East. He offers an easy-to-read guide at a strategic level for firms seeking to do business in the six nations of the GCC. He explains why Dubai has become a major hub for the region as it experiences an unprecedented expansion in energy, financial services, consumer goods, hospitality, retail, real estate and countless other industries. Here he speaks with BI-ME about his inspirations and insights for tapping into Gulf capital and opportunities. If you read just one book this year, we recommend that you
Posted: March 21, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. It's now up to the new government to get real shale development in motion, and for Turkey to face up to its own strategic realities and join forces with Ukraine to harness LNG potential.
Posted: March 2, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The Energy Information Agency has predicted that natural gas production in the US will continue to grow at an impressive pace. Right now output is close to 70 billion cubic feet a day and is expected to reach over 100 billion cubic feet per day by 2040.
Posted: February 12, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The potential for a golden age of gas comes along with a big "if" regarding environmental and social impact. The International Energy Agency (IEA) believes that this age of gas can be golden, and that unconventional gas can be produced in an environmentally acceptable way.
Posted: October 16, 2013
INTERNATIONAL. In this interview, Tharman Shanmugaratnam - Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore and Chair of the IMFC -lays out a policy path for all countries for higher growth, incomes, and jobs.
Posted: October 9, 2013
INTERNATIONAL. From Kurdistan to Somaliland, for independent oil companies, getting your hands on new exploration acreage where both technical risk and political risk are low is impossible.
Posted: August 8, 2013
YEMEN. Yemen's economy has stabilized, but recovery remains fragile. In this interview, IMF mission chief Khaled Sakr discussed the challenges Yemen faces in cultivating this nascent recovery in fighting unemployment and poverty.
Posted: June 30, 2013
TUNISIA. Loan aimed at preserving macroeconomic stability, boosting growth, protecting the vulnerable; Program ownership, political and societal buy-in are key to success; Private sector development crucial for sustainable growth and job creation.
Posted: June 27, 2013
INTERNATIONAL. Williams' corrected economic indicators show the U.S. is nowhere near a recovery and the Fed will have to increase rather than decrease bond buying to prop up the banks and push off inevitable dollar debasement. That could be very bad for savers, but good for gold.
Posted: June 6, 2013
INTERNATIONAL. In this exclusive interview, Chris Faulkner, CEO of Breitling Energy Companies discusses how Bakken has turned the US into an economic powerhouse and how the US can compete with Saudi Arabia.
Posted: March 6, 2013
INTERNATIONAL. Nothing new is coming online anytime soon and movement on developing renewable energy resources has been sadly inadequate. The idea that shale reservoirs will lead the US to energy independence will soon enough be recognized as unrealistic hype.
Posted: March 6, 2013
INTERNATIONAL. Some people may look at the stock market and see economic recovery. Eric Sprott of Sprott Asset Management and Sprott Money looks at myriad other economic indicators and sees an economy still in decline.
Posted: February 1, 2013
INTERNATIONAL. True to form, the chairman of Casey Research doesn't mince words. "Most Europeans believe the state owes them a living; the society is corrupt through and through." "Government acquires income by theft;" "Nobody reads a book from the classical era in school; it's now mostly committee-approved pablum."
Posted: December 11, 2012
INTERNATIONAL. There's been plenty of talk about potentially radical US foreign policy changes as a result of the shale boom. While one shouldn't expect any dramatic US foreign policy move away from the Middle East, factors are influencing a greater focus on Asia.
Posted: November 17, 2012
INTERNATIONAL. Investors could be in for a bumpy ride the rest of the year as politicians navigate a difficult path toward a solution to what is being billed as the fiscal cliff of US$720 billion in expiring tax cuts and mandatory spending cuts.
Posted: October 21, 2012
INTERNATIONAL. Why cheap energy is not vital to economic growth; Why high oil prices aren't necessarily a bad thing; Why subsidies for renewables are just plain wrong.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: April 19, 2014
UAE. Key sectors driving growth in the housing market are the tourism, hospitality, education and healthcare sectors, which is translating into robust population growth and demand.
date:Posted: April 17, 2014
KUWAIT. According to a newly released report by Kuwait Finance House Research, the global sukuk market saw a modest volume of US$31.14 billion in new sukuk issuances in 1Q2014. This volume represents a drop of 9.82% compared to US$34.53 billion worth of issuances in 1Q13.
date:Posted: April 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The WGC pointed out that the Chinese bank savings amount to US$7.5 trillion but only about US$300 billionn is allocated to gold, signifying the potential for gold demand to grow as Chinese wealth climbs.
INTERNATIONAL. It's now up to the new government to get real shale development in motion, and for Turkey to face up to its own strategic realities and join forces with Ukraine to harness LNG potential.
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