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Adel S Al-Ghamdi: Saudi Stock Exchange Opts for Quality

Adel S Al-Ghamdi leads the Saudi Stock Exchange, the largest and most liquid in the Middle East and North Africa, since July 2013 when he left his job as general manager of the Corporate Finance and Issuance Division at the

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The Time Is Now: Paradigm Shift Signals Opportunity

Few people realise that in 2013 a turning point was reached. In that year, emerging economies displaced developed markets as the main engines of global economic growth. This was not a one-off event or an oddity: it signalled no less

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IFC: The Art and Science of Benefits Sharing

Non-renewable natural resource projects – that is oil, gas, and minerals – are usually seen as part of a nation’s wealth. Accordingly, their use for the long-term sustainable development of a country is a prime objective of any legitimate government.

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DEG: Turkey – Growth Market and Bridge to the East

Turkey was long considered especially promising in the group of emerging-market countries. However, political developments and Turkey’s susceptibility to recent turmoil in financial markets means that the perception has now shifted. But which is the correct impression? Do current political

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Grant Thornton: Governance vs Corporate Governance

When we hear the term “corporate governance”, we instantaneously parallel the phrase with rules and procedures, stock market regulations, codes, standards, compliance, etc. Corporate governance is perceived by many publically-listed companies as a burden that limits their freedom because of

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Otaviano Canuto, World Bank Group: BRICS Apart as Oil Prices Plunge

The oil price plunge since last June has been deemed, overall, as a boon for the global economy. However, that depends on where one stands as a producer or user, as illustrated here with the divergence of impacts on BRICS

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The Saudi Arabian Stock Exchange: Opening to Foreign Investors in June

As of June 15th this year, the largest stock market in the Middle East– Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul – will be open to foreign investors for the first time. The Saudi exchange, which is worth well over $500 billion, is dominated

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Annual Investment Meeting (AIM), Ministry of Economy, United Arab Emirates, 2015

AIM 2015, which was held from 30 March – 1 April at the Dubai international Convention and Exhibition Center, focused on ‘Sustainable Development through FDI Induced Innovation and Technology Transfer’. This was an important gathering of some of the world’s

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AIM 2015: UAE is Recognised by CFI.co as Best FDI Destination in the Middle East

Following presentation of the Annual Investment Meeting  (AIM)  2015 Awards for FDI-agencies at a Gala Dinner at the Armani Hotel in Dubai on Monday 30th March, CFI.co was pleased to provide a special prize in further recognition of the outstanding

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Egypt: Investors Rally Billions to Empower Development

Governments and private investors earmarked well over $36bn to underwrite projects in Egypt at a three-day economic conference held over the weekend in the Red Sea resort Sharm el Sheikh. The mega-event, hosted by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, was attended

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