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Report | The Report: Bahrain 2019

Despite its diversified economy, Bahrain has nonetheless faced pressures in recent years as a result of the 2014-15 drop in global oil prices. However, a multibillion-dollar aid package from other Gulf states and an accompanying fiscal adjustment plan, as well as growth following a partial oil price recovery and a major oil and gas discovery, offer hope for an economic turnaround in 2019.

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Chapter | Banking 3 from The Report: Tunisia 2018

Despite the challenges to Tunisia’s economy, the banking sector has experienced positive growth in recent years. Several risks, however, still threaten the overall health of the sector, including a reduction in available liquidity, low levels of capitalisation and credit risk. In an effort to address these issues, the Central Bank of Tunisia has been implementing significant structural reforms, however, barriers to consolidation may limit activity in the short term. In the longer term, the financial system will be instrumental to diversifying the economy’s sources of funding away from traditional banks, with more inclusive opportunities stemming from the Islamic banking, microfinance and leasing segments. This chapter contains interviews with Chedli Ayari, Former Governor, Central Bank of Tunisia; and Habib Ben Hadj Kouider, Director-General, Banque Nationale Agricole (BNA).

Chapter | Industry 3 Final from The Report: Oman 2019

Oman’s industrial sector is a key pillar of its long-term development strategy, as well as a major employer and a steadily growing source of wealth. It covers a wide range of fields, including mining, petrochemicals, aluminium and organic beverages. The recent economic slowdown in both the country and the wider region still poses challenges. With much economic activity driven by government expenditure and investment, the sustained lows in oil and gas prices have strained margins in the private sector. Additionally, government policies related to employment and in-country value have sparked some debate. Nonetheless, Oman continues to offer a strong value proposition for businesses, and rising oil prices in the first half of 2018 bodes well for the future. This chapter contains an interview with Bader Al Nadabi, Vice-chairman and Co-founder, Al Sarh Group.

Chapter | Table of Contents from The Report: Bahrain 2019

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Chapter | The Guide from The Report: Bahrain 2019

The guide contains listings of some of the leading hotels and resorts in Bahrain and contacts for important government offices and services. It also features useful tips and information for first-time or regular, business or leisure visitors alike.

Chapter | Legal Framework from The Report: Bahrain 2019

In recent years Bahrain has seen the introduction of a series of laws designed to further develop the kingdom’s financial sector, facilitate local and foreign investment, and promote Bahrain as a transparent, secure and cost-effective place to do business in the MENA region. Contains a viewpoint from Hatim Q Zu’bi, Zu’bi & Partners Attorneys & Legal Consultants.

Chapter | ICT from The Report: Bahrain 2019

Bahrain boasts one of the most-developed telecommunications markets in the region, and the authorities are planning for further infrastructure upgrades, including the rollout of an ultra-fast broadband network across the country. Work is under way to develop the kingdom as a regional ICT hub, with a particular focus on areas such as the cloud, e-commerce, gaming, cybersecurity and the local start-up scene. Such efforts have been bolstered by a recent surge in foreign investment into the ICT sector, led by a landmark investment by Amazon Web Services in 2017 in the cloud and data centre segment. This chapter contains an interview with Mohammed Ali Al Qaed, Chief Executive, Information and eGovernment Authority.