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13 September 04:54 PM NBK issues $1bn Senior Unsecured notes; first of kind across CEEMEA
Mubasher: The National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) has issued bonds worth $1 billion, marking the first callable structure for senior unsecured notes, fixed to floating, across the Central and Eastern Europe Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) region. Final …
ITFC approved for its member countries more than $58 billion since 2008
8 September 05:45 PM ITFC supports members with $605m under COVID-19 Response Program
Mubasher: The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) has provided the member countries with $605 million as financial support under its COVID-19 Response Program, CEO of ITFC, Hani Sonbol, announced. The corporation aimed to help …
Majority of GCC consumers likely to opt for digital banking services
6 July 05:22 PM Majority of GCC consumers likely to opt for digital banking services
Mubasher: The majority of GCC consumers, about 85% of respondents to a survey, would currently opt for digital banking services rather than visiting a bank branch, according to a paper by Backbase with YouGov. With the appetite accelerating more …
MENA’s ESG market currently represents 1.3% of 2021's global issuance
4 July 02:35 PM Green finance in MENA reaches $6.4bn in H1, exceeds global growth rate
Mubasher: Green and sustainability-linked debt issuances in the MENA region amounted to $6.4 billion in value during the first half (H1) of 2021, exceeding the global growth rate, according to a report by Bloomberg on Sunday. The region’s green …
Ahmed El-Alfi, Chairman of Sawari Ventures
22 June 04:46 PM Startup Lounge: Tech offers great opportunities for success – Interview with Ahmed El-Alfi
By: Moslem Ali Cairo - Mubasher: In the second instalment of our interview with the Founder and Chairman of Sawari Ventures, Ahmed El-Alfi, we discuss the future of technology and the opportunities of startups to succeed as technological …
The GCC listed bank’s NPL ratio increased to 3.4%
22 June 03:57 PM GCC listed banks’ CAR increases to 19% in 2020 – KPMG
Mubasher: The capital adequacy ratio (CAR) of the listed banks across the Gulf area rose to 18.7% in 2020 from 18.4% in 2019, according to a KPMG report. Net profit meanwhile shrank to $25.4 billion last year, compared to $36.6 billion in 2019. …
Ahmed El-Alfi, Chairman of Sawari Ventures
21 June 01:01 PM Startup Lounge: High growth requires taking risks – Interview with Ahmed El-Alfi
By: Moslem Ali Cairo - Mubasher: Today’s guest in the Startup Lounge has played an integral role in developing the entrepreneurial scene in Egypt and the MENA region. He is one of the startup ecosystem leaders and investors who brought real …
SAMA has claimed the Global Impact Award 2021 for Aber
16 June 03:21 PM SAMA says Aber project achieves main objectives
Riyadh – Mubasher: The Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) said the digital currency project Aber has succeeded to achieve its main objectives that mainly include understanding, experiencing, and analysing the maturity of the distributed ledger technology …
The Middle East listed banks reduce competition and increase their expertise
16 June 11:02 AM Saudi Arabia, UAE dominate Forbes Middle East’s top 50 listed banks
Mubasher: Saudi and Emirati banks had the most entries in Forbes Middle East’s Top 50 Banks in The Middle East list for 2021 with 10 financial institutions each. Qatar National Bank topped the region’s listed banks with profits of $3.3 billion and …
The aggregate net profit of the GCC listed banks plunged by 32.2% YoY
1 April 01:48 PM GCC banking sector's profits record seven-year low in 2020
Mubasher: The net profits of the GCC banking sector hit their lowest levels in seven years, affected by the decline of profits in the fourth quarter (Q4) by almost a third on a quarterly basis to $5.3 billion due to higher provisions, according …
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15 February 02:53 PM Remittances from Filipinos in GCC down to $5.1bn in 2020
Riyadh – Mubasher: Remittances paid by Filipino labour in GCC countries dropped by 11.21% on an annual basis in 2020. Filipinos’ remittances from the Gulf region registered $5.11 billion last year, compared to $5.76 billion in 2019, according to …
Regional debt issuances are expected to remain robust in 2021.
28 January 12:09 PM GCC debt issuance exceeds $100bn in 2020
Mubasher: GCC debt issuance was strong in 2020, crossing $100 billion on a continued need for budget financing, the National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) said in its latest economic update. The fourth quarter (Q4) of 2020 saw the issuance of about $15 …
KSA will showcase 1,000 projects worth $160 billion at the third Future Projects Forum (FPF).
26 January 03:09 PM Saudi Arabia could be Mideast’s busiest construction market next decade
Riyadh – Mubasher: Saudi Arabia will be the Middle East’s busiest construction market over the course of the next decade as its new wave of major projects makes progress, according to GlobalData’s MEED. The Gulf state will showcase about 1,000 …
Qatar’s foreign reserves continued to rise for the 34th successive month in December 2020.
7 January 01:03 PM Standard Chartered expects Qatar’s economy to grow 3% this year
Doha – Mubasher: Standard Chartered expected Qatar’s economy to grow by 3% this year as the easing of a three-year-old regional dispute will help trade, tourism, and logistics, Reuters reported. The British lender had revised its previous 2.1% …
The greenback slid to EGP 15.63 for purchasing
6 January 05:51 PM EGP continues to advance against USD on rising foreign reserves
Cairo – Mubasher: The US dollar exchange rate dropped against the Egyptian pound by EGP 0.04 in the first week of 2021 as foreign reserves rose to more than $40 billion. According to data by the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE), the average exchange …
The top five developed countries in Islamic Finance are Malaysia, Indonesia, Bahrain, the UAE, and KSA.
9 December 2020 00:23 PM Global Islamic Finance assets may hit $3.69trn in 2024 - Report
Riyadh – Mubasher: Global Islamic Finance assets are forecast to reach $3.69 trillion by 2024 according to the 2020 Islamic Finance Development Report released today by Refinitiv and the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private …
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9 December 2020 10:15 AM Fitch says GCC Islamic banks have stable 2021 outlook, except for Saudi lenders
Riyadh – Mubasher: Fitch Ratings said the 2021 sector outlook for GCC Islamic banks is stable, reflecting a modest expected economic recovery. However, it expected asset-quality and profitability pressures to continue and predicted capital buffers …
Filipino expats’ remittances from the GCC region fell by 13.91% YoY in 9M.
3 December 2020 01:13 PM Filipino labour in GCC records $3.7bn remittances in 9M
Riyadh – Mubasher: Remittances paid by Filipino labour in GCC countries dropped by 13.91% on a year-on-year (YoY) basis in the first nine months of 2020, pressured by the coronavirus pandemic. Filipino expats’ remittances amounted to $3.73 billion …
The USD registered EGP 15.59 for buying
9 November 2020 04:38 PM EGP advances against USD to highest level since early March
Cairo – Mubasher: The Egyptian pound exchange rate advanced against the US dollar to its highest level since 8 March, according to data by the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE). The USD registered EGP 15.59 for buying and EGP 15.72 for selling, the CBE …
International reserves grew to $38.425 billion at the end of September
1 November 2020 03:43 PM EGP rises against USD in 10 months
Cairo – Mubasher: The Egyptian pound exchange rate climbed against the US dollar on the back of the successful monetary policy of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE), the increase in remittances of Egyptians living abroad, and the receipt of funds …
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25 October 2020 01:21 PM FAB is region's safest bank in 2020 - Global Finance
UAE – Mubasher: Global Finance has announced its 29th annual ranking of the World’s 50 Safest Banks for this year. The UAE's First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) secured the first spot regionally and the 32nd spot globally in Global Finance' ranking, …
The webinar discussed the Road to Digital Transformation and Innovation
30 September 2020 00:33 PM Industry leaders discuss the future of digital transformation
By: Moslem Ali Cairo – Mubasher: The British Egyptian Business Association (BEBA) organized a webinar on Tuesday discussing “The Road to Digital Transformation and Innovation” to discuss the rising importance of digital transformation, especially …
The USD registered EGP 15.72 for buying at NBE and ALEXBANK
10 September 2020 03:10 PM EGP rises against USD to highest level since mid-May
Cairo – Mubasher: The Egyptian pound exchange rate rose against the US dollar at local banks on Thursday, hitting its highest level since mid-May. The US dollar registered EGP 15.72 for buying and EGP 15.92 for selling, according to data by the …
The USD registered EGP 15.85 for buying at AAIB and EG Bank
24 August 2020 04:26 PM EGP rises against USD to highest level since May
Cairo – Mubasher: The Egyptian pound exchange rate continued to increase against the US dollar at local banks on Monday, hitting its highest level in more than 12 weeks. The USD exchange rate declined to EGP 15.83 for buying and EGP 15.93 for …
For an enterprise system stability is more important than functionality
16 August 2020 00:42 PM How a startup application can be a modern enterprise system?
By: Marina Awadallah Cairo - Mubasher: As the world is rapidly moving into digital transformation, scaling businesses from startups to an enterprise that facilitates the exchange of data is necessary for their growth and their operations’ …