Aug 18, 2023

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Aug 03, 2023

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Aug 03, 2023

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Jul 28, 2023

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Jul 14, 2023

The UAE’s Securities and Commodity Authority (SCA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the UAE Banks Federation designed to boost the country’s asset and wealth management sector.

Jul 07, 2023

ADGM, sustainable finance, regulatory framework, live, Abu Dhabi Global Market,  ADGM, implementation, sustainable, finance regulatory frameworkThe Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) has announced the implementation of its sustainable finance regulatory framework.

Jul 07, 2023

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Jun 30, 2023

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May 19, 2023

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Apr 21, 2023

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has forecast that GDP growth in the Mena region will slow to 3.1% this year.


Executive Interviews

INTERVIEW: ‘Financing is the blood of Iran’s economy’

Amid a fresh wave of American sanctions, Romil Patel spoke to Meysam Hamedi, director of financial markets and instruments at Iran’s Securities & Exchange Organization (SEO).

INTERVIEW: Totally mega

In 2016, global consulting firm PWC forecast the emergence of five global ‘megatrends’ in the next two decades. Stephen Anderson, its Middle East clients and markets leader, talks about their...

INTERVIEW: Protecting the investment

Rasmala’s trade finance fund recently passed $100 million in assets. Doug Bitcon, head of credit strategies, explains why he has to be hands-on.

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: A natural interest in the topic

Since 2016, Guillermo Ortiz has been a chairman of Latin America’s BTG Pactual. The former central banker of Mexico talks to Nick Fitzpatrick.


Middle East Investor Roundtable 2020: Dimensions of diversification

Investors in the Middle East consider the tools that will be needed to navigate the Covid-19 crisis, the continued appetite for dividend and why it’s all about tech. Chaired by Romil Patel.

South Africa asset management roundtable: Global rebound on ice

Experts discuss the investment implications of the coronavirus pandemic, a delayed rebound in global growth and dealing with South Africa’s energy issues head on. Chaired by Romil Patel in Cape Town.

South African roundtable: Taking the bull by the horns

Our panel discusses Chinese investment in Africa, financial institutions’ contribution to economic sustainability and regulatory concerns. Chaired by Romil Patel in Cape Town.

ROUNDTABLE: Hooked to the global caravan

With the MENA region at a tipping point, our panellists talk about economic diversification, the impact of regulation and the delayed Saudi Aramco listing. Chaired by Romil Patel in Dubai.