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MENA’s Growing Young Population is a Huge Opportunity – If We Get It Right

August 5, 2019 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By Geert Cappelaere Youth as tomorrow’s builders are the most important segment of the population and they pose a great potential to expand a country’s social and economic capacity. But before reaping the economic surplus of a country with a growing young population like the MENA region, it is important to ensure policies that will …

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Creating an Enabling Environment for Renewable Energy in Resource-Rich MENA Countries

August 5, 2019 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Climate Change & Society, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By Rahmat Poudineh, Anupama Sen, and Dr. Bassam Fattouh In this article, we argue that investment in renewable energy sources is a no-regret strategy for hydrocarbon exporting economies of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). It is also in line with some

Into New Markets: Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida, CEO at QFC, on the Growth Opportunities and Ways to Invest in Qatar

November 15, 2018 • SPECIAL FEATURES, Editor’s Choice, Middle East & Africa, Power Influencers from Business and Academia, Top Investment DestinationsComments (0)

Recently, we had the pleasure of speaking with Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida, Chief Executive Officer at Qatar Financial Centre. We touch on the industries in Qatar that present abundant opportunities for companies wishing to expand in the Arab world and what makes

Dubai is boosting startups and SMEs – Are you capitalising?

October 2, 2018 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, BUSINESS & INNOVATION, Middle East & Africa, Top Investment DestinationsComments (0)

By Neil Petch In this article, the author outlines the latest and most exciting entrepreneur-friendly initiatives from the Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED), and summarise how they can help catalyse your business activities in the UAE. It’s

We Won’t Get Fooled Again…Or Will We?

April 20, 2018 • World Politics, Commentary, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By Richard Westra With the suspected chemical attack in the remaining rebel-held suburbs of Damascus on 4 April, it is apparent that the use of chemical weapons is indeed hard to solve. Needless to say, it is during these times that the citizenry needs to

The QFC, a Platform for Growth in Qatar and Beyond

April 1, 2018 • FINANCE & BANKING, Middle East & Africa, Top Investment DestinationsComments (0)

By Haitham Al-Salama Looking for top business and investment destinations in the Arab world? Dr. Haitham Al-Salama, Chief Economic Advisor at Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) and Special Advisor to the Minister of Finance, highlights in this article the

Will the Chinese Rise Destroy Pax Americana in the Middle East?

January 30, 2018 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, China, Middle East & AfricaComments (1)

By Timo Kivimäki China has started to make its presence felt in the Middle East. Most commentators assume this to lead into the destabilisation of the already fragile region. This article will show, however, why China’s economic interests and identity will

Jerusalem – The Straw that Breaks the Empire’s Back?

December 19, 2017 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By Peter Koenig   When President Trump on 6 December 2017 declared unilaterally Jerusalem as the capital of Israel to where the US Embassy shall relocate, he violated UN Resolutions, international law, common sense and went against all diplomatic efforts

Rich but Poor Africa: Can Agriculture Help Tackle Its Looming Food Crisis?

August 29, 2017 • Middle East & Africa, World DevelopmentComments (1)

By Hamlet Hlomendlini As populations rise, food demand goes up and not everybody might be ready. In this article, economist Hamlet Hlomendlini sheds lights on the economic and political realities faced by Africa and how the region could approach the looming

From State of Exception to Anti-Coup Dictatorship in Erdoğan’s Turkey  

May 17, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, World Politics, Governance & Regulation, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By Volga Can Ozben and Richard Westra Volga Can Ozben and Richard Westra maintain Turkey under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as a poster case for the modern state of exception. This is a condition where constitutional and legal provisions in democracies, designed to