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Dubai saw steady GDP growth of 3.2% in 2017 and is expected to reach 3.5% in 2018, with an increased drive towards consolidating its position as a knowledge-based economy. The emirate is among the most diversified in the region, thanks to factors such as a highly attractive business environment that has brought in large amounts of foreign investment.

 

To promote a sector capable of supporting rural development, the government introduced a flexible regulatory framework for microfinance institutions (MFIs) in 2011. Since then, over 500 MFIs have registered in the race for customers, though many have gone bust or been exposed as pyramid schemes. Recently the central bank has renewed efforts to...

 

Since the privatisation of state banks and the liberalisation of industry in the late 1980s, Ghanaian banks have increased in stature and number, and for much of the last decade they have enjoyed strong growth rates and large profit margins. The country’s lenders have maintained their stability, avoiding the domestic crises that have befallen...

 

While advanced economies generate the vast majority of insurance and reinsurance business, emerging markets are posting higher rates of growth. Complementing this underlying trend is a strong and expanding interest in catastrophic risk, which by nature tends to pertain to emerging markets. This is coming alongside fast-paced, sector-...

 

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In recent years the most promising growth in the insurance industry has come from the low- to middle-income brackets via micro-insurance, which targets entities with lower-level earnings. According to a 2015 report from the National Insurance Commission and the German development organisation GIZ, gross micro-insurance premiums grew by 185%...