Tuesday , 11 December 2018

Tag Archives: Bank

Holding the key: SMEs play major role in economic growth but struggle to gain bank funding

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) need better access to finance instead of being forced to pay high interest rates and stringent conditions to gain bank loans, a new report states. However, the report published last week by Allied Investment Partners (AIP) adds that governments in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are addressing the issues faced by SMEs with a number …

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Egypt’s CIB progresses plans to launch digital bank

Bank executive says digital banks are key to bringing around 45 million eligible Egyptians into the formal banking sector One of Egypt’s biggest banks, Commercial International Bank (CIB), is pressing ahead with plans to create a digital bank, in a bid to tap into the huge numbers of the country’s population that remains unbanked and bring them into the formal …

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Blockchain-based tech to enrol bank customers extended to SMEs in Abu Dhabi

ADGM chief tells Fintech Abu Dhabi that e-KYC, private financing and trade finance platforms should ease access to funding The chairman of Abu Dhabi Global Markets (ADGM) has said that it intends to extend the electronic know-your-customer (e-KYC) technology developed to help banks onboard retail customers earlier this year to incorporate SME customers. Speaking at the Fintech Abu Dhabi event …

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UAE stocks gain $2bln following potential bank merger reports

Abu Dhabi’s ADCB, Union National Bank, Al Hilal Bank in talks to merge The UAE stock exchanges gained AED7.5 billion in market cap Tuesday following reports purporting initial negotiations on potential mergers between Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Union National Bank and Al Hilal Bank. The shares of the ADX-listed ADCB and Union National Bank therefore closed high at AED8.00 and …

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Morocco: BMCE Bank to Launch Latest African Entrepreneurship Award

BMCE Bank of Africa launches the 4th edition of the African Entrepreneurship Award (AEA) on March 12 in Casablanca. Registration remains open until April 30. The AEA initiative supports talented African entrepreneurs who hold promising ideas for to a better world. The past three editions have been dedicated to education and the environment, witnessing the participation of more than 12,000 …

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Digitisation at the centre of ENBD’s retail growth strategy

UAE and the region are ready for digital only banks Dubai: Digital initiatives have been a key focus area for Emirates NBD’s service delivery much before digital transformation became a buzzword in the region’s financial services industry. Even as the banking sector is busy figuring out a way to address the digital challenges posed by Fintech and disruptive banking technologies, …

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WGES 2017: Region needs green bonds to fund renewable schemes, says bank project finance head

By: Imogen Lillywhite, ZAWYA Capital markets need to get involved in investing in green projects to meet the region’s renewable energy targets, according to a UAE banking head. Frank Beckers, head of project finance and advisory, First Abu Dhabi Bank, told delegates at the World Green Economy Summit in Dubai on Wednesday that while the region was leading the way …

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China’s Legend strikes $1.8bln deal to buy Luxembourg’s BIL bank from Qatari investors

China’s Legend Holdings struck a deal on Friday to buy a 90 percent stake in Banque Internationale a Luxembourg (BIL) from Qatar’s royal family for 1.48 billion euros ($1.76 billion), marking its biggest overseas acquisition. Legend, owner of computer group Lenovo Group Ltd , is acquiring 161-year-old BIL from Precision Capital, an investment vehicle of Qatar royal family members including …

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Nineteen UAE listed banks posted $5.17bln in H1 net profit

A total of 19 listed banks reported H1 net profit of around AED19 billion, a 3.8 percent growth from around AED18.3 billion during the corresponding period last year. Matching previous expectations, the gains reflect the banking sector’s resilience and ability to cope with the fast-paced, multifaceted developments witnessed by the national economy which in its turn has maintained decent growth …

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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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