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: August 5, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. I think one of the big fallacies in people's thinking about the Iraqi oil sector has been the focus on who's making money producing the oil. The bigger impact is on consumers.
Posted: May 9, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The future will be decided in a race between global advances in demand for resources, complex technology and biotech innovation, and growing sovereign debt.
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.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: August 26, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Is it time to stop thinking about stabilizing Syria and Iraq and start thinking of a new dynamic outside of the artificial states that no longer function? To do this, we need to go back to Lebanon, the first state that disintegrated and the first place where clans took control of their own destiny.
date:Posted: August 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Commodities have been generally flat on the week as a rise in industrial metals was offset by losses across other sectors such as metals and grains.
date: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.
SAUDI ARABIA. Strong demand fundamentals combined with increased public and private sector spending pushed up the average sales price; Momentum expected to continue as Riyadh attracts and promotes investment in industrial and supporting logistics facilities.
INTERNATIONAL. I think one of the big fallacies in people's thinking about the Iraqi oil sector has been the focus on who's making money producing the oil. The bigger impact is on consumers.
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