TECHNOLOGY

Aug 31, 2018

A Saudi-based paper merchant, the Middle East Paper Company (Mepco) has become the first Saudi company to sign up to a technology platform designed to enhance corporate access to regional and institutional investors.

Aug 24, 2018

UAE-based ADAB Solutions has launched what it claims is the world’s first sharia-compliant cryptocurrency exchange.

Aug 17, 2018

A standing committee of Saudi Arabia’s leading regulator has issued a statement reiterating the ban on the use of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin.

Aug 17, 2018

Dubai’s efforts to undergo a digital transformation have stimulated foreign direct investment, according to a report from the Department of Economic Development (DED).

Jul 13, 2018

Blockchain_chainTwo MENA-based software firms have launched what they claim is the first blockchain-enabled platform for Islamic capital markets.

Jun 29, 2018

Venture_capitalBahrain Development Bank (BDB) has launched what it claims is the region’s first active venture capital (VC) fund of funds.

Jun 29, 2018

FintechAbu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the emirate’s international financial centre, has signed a cooperation agreement with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) to jointly promote their respective fintech sectors.

Jun 13, 2018

Table_mountain_viewCompanies from across the custody, asset management and administration sectors convened in Cape Town to discuss topics such as market growth, disruption and cyber security.

Jun 13, 2018

Our panellists tell us that instead of launching competing national projects, African countries should work together for the sake of a bigger capital market. Chaired by George Mitton in Cape Town.

Jun 13, 2018

Shark_finsThe funds industry is ramping up cyber security defences. Nicholas Pratt looks at what to do in the event of an attack.

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Executive Interviews

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

Jan 04, 2019

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

Jun 13, 2018

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...

Roundtables

ROUNDTABLE: Hooked to the global caravan

Jan 04, 2019

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.

MENA ROUNDTABLE: ‘The story is about reforms’

Jun 13, 2018

Our cross-industry panel discuss the positive backdrop in Egypt, the Dana Gas controversy and the potential index upgrades of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Chaired by George Mitton in Dubai.