Middle East & Africa
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The worst region in the world for doing business? The best? So which is it?   REGIONAL FOCUS By Dan Keeler Perceptions of poverty and corruption have long dogged sub-Saharan African countries looking for investment. But as growing interest in Africa...
Five African nations move towards a single currency.   MILESTONES By Tiziana Barghini Twenty-two years after the Maastricht Treaty—which paved the way for Europe’s economic and monetary union—was signed, five Eastern African countries have ink...
The World Bank’s chief economist, Africa, offers up a possible shortlist of the continent’s next breakout economies.   SIDESTEPPING THE BOOM AND BUST By Tiziana Barghini Global Finance sat down with Francisco Ferreira, chief economist, Africa, a...
The continent has gained mightily from rising commodity prices. Guess what happens if those prices tumble?   “A $30 decline in oil price over the baseline level shows that, among developing regions, Sub-Saharan Africa is the most impacted, with GDP gro...
A tech boom in the region is spurring hopes for a non-oil economy.   EMERGING MARKETS REGIONAL REVIEW By Gordon Platt Oil may be the liquid that drives many of the economies in the Middle East, but the spread of the Internet has unleashed a new gene...
The pace of growth on the continent is breathtaking—but not all countries are sharing in the boom.   EMERGING MARKETS REGIONAL REVIEW By Jonathan Gregson The continent continues to outperform other emerging markets, but not all of its 54 countries...
The sector’s prospects appear bright but some worry about a credit bubble.   NEW SHOOTS OF GROWTH By Vanessa Drucker The Turkish banking sector’s prospects are bright, driven by innovation and torrid credit expansion. Mergers and acquisitions re...
A transfer of power hasn’t dented Doha’s massive spending on infrastructure projects ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.   COUNTRY REPORT By Justin Keay Despite the change of leadership Qatar has undergone, the new emir is expected to follow his f...
The fledgling nation has loads of potential, but it needs foreign investment to tap the country’s vast resources.   MILESTONES By Dan Keeler As African countries increasingly appear on investors’ radars, the world’s newest country, South Sudan...
Israel’s decision to export natural gas could lead to a resolution of the conflict between Turkey and Cyprus.   MILESTONES By Efraim Chalamish Global energy markets are attending closely to recent natural gas discoveries in the eastern Mediterrane...
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