MENA Update: Sep 2021
Opportunities in African and GCC Markets
The following selection represents some of the top recent content on the Middle East and Africa, including insights into economic development within African countries, ideas about reforming MENA pension systems, and updates on the Middle Eastern fintech scene.
Economic development in Africa is accelerating due to a multitude of factors, including new technologies, urbanisation, and population growth. Will African economies leapfrog other emerging markets?
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As GCC countries diversify away from their historical reliance upon fossil fuel reserves, Franklin Templeton examines opportunities for investment in green energy and how the GCC bond market can help to facilitate these goals.
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This note on emerging market corporate bond analysis looks at the investment case behind two utility companies, one of which is based in Oman.
Three potential solutions are proposed to reform public pensions in the MENA region. All but three Arab countries have pension funding deficits of greater than 50%.
Mercer delivers insights into pension fund allocations in several regions of the globe, including the Middle East and Africa. This 83-page report also gives an overview of each country’s retirement savings environment.
This article from McKinsey & Company discusses the transition from cash transactions to digital transactions in the Middle East, and the implications of this shift for banks and other payment providers.
The Arab Monetary Fund reports on the fintech environment within ten countries, including updates on investment regulations, licensing requirements, and other compliance issues.
In this podcast, panellists from Knight Frank discuss the performance of UAE real estate, specifically focusing on the Dubai and Abu Dhabi commercial real estate markets.
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