Sunday 26 March 2017

UAE 'role model for reforms in the region'

The economic reforms implemented by the UAE is a role model in mitigating the oil price challenges, said Mohammed Alardhi, executive chairman of Investcorp, a leading provider and manager of alternative investment products. “Streamlining the public sector, adopting a more r


Manama forum to focus on fintech disruption

Leading bankers, FinTech experts, regulators and financial industry representatives from the Middle East and Africa will gather in Bahrain this week to discuss the latest FinTech trends. The 1st MEA FinTech Forum, organised by AFS and entitled “Fintech Disruption in the Fin


UAE SMEs optimistic on business growth this year

Business owners of small- and medium-sized enterprises in the UAE remain optimistic about their growth prospects this year, according to a survey.   Of the 138 SMEs that participated in the survey conducted by Meed, a leading business intelligence service provid


SCA signs deal to narrow gender gap in UAE firms

The Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA) and UAE Gender Balance Council have signed a MoU to boost co-operation and intensify efforts to increase women's participation in companies listed on the country's financial markets in a bid to narrow the gender gap in the vital sector, as


Boursa Kuwait inks partnership deal with Meira

Boursa Kuwait, a private entity managing the Kuwait Stock Exchange's operations, said it has signed a MoU with the Middle East Investor Relation Association (Meira) in line with its strategy to progressively develop the stock market and promote IR best practice in Kuwait. Mei


Saudi Aramco signs up Samba as IPO advisor

Oil giant Saudi Aramco has selected Samba Capital as one of two banks to work as an adviser on its planned share sale in Riyadh, said a report.    At least six investment banks pitched for a role advising the world's largest oil producer on its listing


Oman rating balances assets against oil reliance

Oman's Baa1 rating with a stable outlook reflects its high wealth levels and a still comparatively strong government balance sheet, balanced against credit challenges, including its heavy reliance on the oil and gas sector, Moody's Investors Service said in a report today.


IDB urges adoption of its PPP model

The Islamic Development Bank’s (IDB) first Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Forum held recently in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia has called for adopting its namesake model handle the challenges of socioeconomic development in the bank’s member countries. Dr Bandar Hajjar, pres


Falcon names new chairman, board members

Falcon Group, a Swiss private banking boutique, recently approved a new composition of the Board of Directors with Christian Wenger as the new chairman and three new Swiss Board members. This follows the stepping down of the previous chairman Lennart Blecher after almost 13 years


UAE’s Beehive enlists SRB for Sharia functions

UAE-based Beehive P2P, a leading online marketplace, has appointed Shariyah Review Bureau (SRB) to supervise its Sharia Supervisory Board, Certification and Sharia Audit functions for its P2P Islamic platform. Beehive P2P recently announced the regulation of its Sharia compliant

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