2019

Rebuilding Syria

Rebuilding Syria

Putting the war-ravaged country back together will cost $400 billion. With Assad still in power and US sanctions still in place, who will foot the bill—and reap the benefit? 

Iraq: From Guns to Budgets

Iraq: From Guns to Budgets

Iraq’s new government must push reconstruction forward, pull in new foreign investment and produce results for a battered population. Its time is limited.

Gulf States At A Crossroads

Gulf States At A Crossroads

As the region’s oil-and-gas dominance faces new challenges, the monarchies are betting that foreign capital will help carry their economies into a more stable, diversified future.  

2018

Eyes Too Big

China may soon have to tap foreign investors to help fund its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative. Can it ease their skepticism about the project?  

2017

Saudi Arabia Eyes 35,000 Jobs In Red Sea Tourism Push

The newly anointed heir to the Saudi throne, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is planning a mega tourism project that could possibly contribute 15 billion riyal ($4 billion) to the kingdom’s GDP and create up to 35,000 jobs. 

GCC People Power

New approaches to labor management can help GCC economies wean themselves away from their energy dependence.

Philippines' Central Bank Chief Faces Early Test

The appointment of Nestor Espenilla Jr. as governor of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s less controversial decisions and may ease investor concerns over the stability of one of Southeast Asia’s fastest growing economies.

Fear And Loathing On The Road To PPP

The Middle East is fertile ground for public-private partnerships, especially for infrastructure investment, but legal and economic conditions remain an obstacle, and governments are skeptical about PPP benefits for long-term projects. 

New Ratings For A Knowledge Economy

Which countries lead the global knowledge economy? At least one academic suggests that current assessments of a country’s knowledge base are too narrow and reliant on averages. In research to be presented in April at INSEAD, Kai Chan argues that a nation's brightest talent—not its average capabilities—determine its knowledge capacity.

2016

Philippine President Sparks Market Jitters

Philippines
Investor unease over the future of the Philippines, one of Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing economies, has soared following Rodrigo Duterte’s landslide victory in the May presidential election.

Islamic Finance | Bridging The Digital Divide

Islamic banking assets in the Middle East are growing, and opportunities abound for Islamic banks to participate in the digital banking revolution, but efforts so far are falling short of customer expectations.

Branching Out: Adel El-Labban, Ahli United Bank

Despite tightening liquidity in the Gulf banking sector, Bahrain’s largest lender reported robust profits in 2015. After leading a slew of product launches, AUB’s group CEO and managing director believes the bank’s prudent risk management will underpin its expansion. He spoke to Global Finance at the bank’s headquarters in Bahrain.

Intent On A Global Footprint: Ali Ahmed Al-Kuwari, Qatar National Bank

By any measure QNB has major ambitions. It is the largest bank in Qatar and one of the leading financial institutions in the Middle East and Africa. It does not stop there. QNB has set its sights on becoming a global bank by 2030. QNB’s group chief executive discusses with Global Finance the regional downturn, success in Africa and its plans for a global presence.