Thursday , 21 September 2017

Financial Services

Saudi reform tweaks won’t affect key economic policies

Saudi Arabia is revising parts of an economic development plan released a year ago but key policies, including fiscal reforms and a massive privatisation programme, won’t be affected by the review, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. In June 2016, the government published a National Transformation Programme (NTP) that included hundreds of steps to modernise the economy and society, …

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China’s ICBC in talks with Gulf governments, firms on yuan bonds

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China is talking to governments and state-linked entities in the Gulf that are interested in issuing yuan-denominated bonds in China, said an executive at ICBC, China’s largest bank. One government entity is in the process of applying to issue such instruments, known as panda bonds, which would make it the first issuer from the Middle …

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IMF, AMF, AFESD and Government of Morocco to Host Regional Conference

IMF, AMF, AFESD and Government of Morocco to Host Regional Conference: “Opportunity for All—Promoting Growth, Jobs, and Inclusiveness in the Arab World” IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, AFESD Director General Chairman of the Board Abdlatif Y. Al-Hamad, and AMF Director General Chairman of the Board Abdulrahman Al Hamidy will be among the conference speakers The International Monetary Fund (IMF), Arab …

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Abu Dhabi Global Market, UAE Exchange join forces to enhance FinTech ecosystem

Abu Dhabi Global Market, ADGM, and UAE Exchange have entered into partnership, to support, develop and promote the FinTech ecosystem in Abu Dhabi and the UAE. An MoU was signed by Promoth Manghat, Chief Executive Officer of UAE Exchange Group, and Richard Teng, Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority, FSRA, of ADGM. The partnership will see UAE …

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Banks pull Qatar higher, big Mobily loss weighs on Saudi

Banks pulled Qatar’s stock market higher in early trade on Monday while Saudi Arabia’s market edged down after a string of second-quarter earnings, with telecommunications firm Mobily plunging on a bigger-than-expected loss. The Qatari index added 0.4 percent as Qatar National Bank climbed 1.0 percent and Masraf Al Rayan rose 0.8 percent. Qatar International Islamic Bank gained 1.4 percent after …

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Mideast deal activity picks up in Q2 2017

Despite a backdrop of continued political turbulence, cross-border dealmaking held steady globally in Q2 2017, with the Middle East seeing a substantial uptick in deal activity, according to Baker McKenzie’s Cross-Border M&A Index. Middle East cross-border deal-making picked up in Q2 2017, with the Middle East Index increasing to 201.5, withstanding the continuing political and economic uncertainty in the region …

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Kuwait Finance House studying merger with Bahrain’s Ahli United Bank

Kuwait Finance House studying merger with Ahli United Bank Big-ticket mergers: GCC banks should consider more consolidations Three-way bank merger in Qatar aims to close by year end -sources DUBAI, July 18 (Reuters) – Kuwait Finance House (KFH) is looking to merge with Bahrain’s Ahli United Bank , Kuwait’s biggest Islamic lender said in a statement on Tuesday, confirming an …

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IMF: Saudi Arabia’s ‘bold’ reforms see non-oil sector pick up

  Saudi Arabia’s “bold reform program” is paying off, with economic growth in its non-oil sector forecast to pick up this year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Friday. Growth in non-oil parts of the economy is projected at 1.7 percent in 2017 compared to 0.2 percent last year, the fund said, amid the Kingdom’s efforts to diversify the economy …

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AfDB, Islamic Development Bank sign new $2b deal to fund energy, SMEs, human development programs

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) have signed a landmark agreement to strengthen partnership at country level. Both parties have agreed to jointly pull together the sum of US $2 billion over the next three years to finance projects in agriculture and food security, renewable energy, small and medium enterprises, and human development (health and …

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Saudi Arabia to host 2020 G20 summit

Jeddah – Saudi Arabia will host the G-20 Summit in 2020, said an official statement issued on Saturday at the end of this year’s event in Hamburg, Germany. “We thank Germany for hosting a successful Hamburg summit, and look forward to meeting again in Argentina in 2018, in Japan in 2019 and in Saudi Arabia in 2020,” AFP quoted the …

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