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Amid Low Oil Prices, MENA Charts a Way Forward

New drivers of economic growth, transitioning away from oil production, and increasing entrepreneurship and the growth of small and medium enterprises were focal points at the 2016 Middle East Investment Conference.

Is Privatization in the Future of GCC Countries?

Privatization appears to be slowly rearing its head in the Middle East again, mostly in the economic plans of the GCC countries and in Egypt. To be clear, this is not because attitudes have changed. Divestment from state-owned enterprises is seen as a last resort in the Gulf countries in light of the fiscal tightening.

Malak Fares, CFA: To Understand the Middle East, Read News from the Region Itself

As the Middle East continues to make headlines because of geopolitical developments, CFA Institute interviewed Sky News Arabia television news presenter Malak Fares, CFA, to get her thoughts on how best to interpret news from the Middle East and the longer term business and finance themes in the region.

An Important Report on Middle Eastern High-Net-Worth Individuals

At the Middle East Investment Conference, Khaled Sifri, CEO, Emirates Investment Bank provided unique transparency into Gulf Cooperation Council high-net-worth individuals.

Emerging Trends in Private Equity and Venture Capital in MENA (Video)

Recent news out of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) hasn't been promising as of late. What are some of the emerging trends in private equity and venture capital in MENA? What are some of the challenges? What are some of the most promising investment opportunities?

Take 15: Investment Professionals in MENA Favor Political Stability and Good Governance (Video)

Bassem I. Awadallah provides expert commentary on some of the findings of CFA Institute survey of investment professionals in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Take 15: Economics of the Arab Spring: Is Regional Integration MENA’s Best Option? (Video)

Adeel Malik explains why he thinks regional economic integration and a strong private sector are essential to address the economic challenges, such as youth unemployment, facing the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

MENA and Arab Spring: Seven Ideas for Economic Progress

Michael O’Sullivan, head of portfolio strategy and thematic research at Credit Suisse, shares seven ideas to spur economic progress in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Frontier Market Investing: Inefficiency Equals Opportunity

Frontier markets are often thought of as inhospitable investing outposts where corruption abounds and investors face outsized risks. Notwithstanding, the safety and integrity of frontier markets has greatly improved over the past decade, and their growing popularity with professional investors is testament to the fact that the risk-adjusted returns offered by frontier markets are indeed attractive.

Take 15: The MENA Economy: One Year after the Arab Spring

Henry T. Azzam shares his views on economic prospects of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region one year after the Arab Spring.

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