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  • Francisco Gil Díaz

    President, Telefónica Mexico (MEXICO)

    "Perhaps one of the most important reforms concerns allowing foreign firms full ownership of a fixed line operator."

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  • Ahmad M. Bin Shafar

    CEO, Empower (UAE, DUBAI)

    "If everything goes according to plan, this market will give us the opportunity to double our capacity by 2018."

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  • Dr. Makram Sader

    Secretary General, the Association of Banks in Lebanon (ABL) (LEBANON)

    "Promoting the Lebanese banking sector is very important in order to have a robust industry."

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  • Raja Almarzoqi

    Advisor to Middle East & Central Asia Department & Mission Chief for Azerbaijan, IMF (AZERBAIJAN)

    "The IMF sees investment in public infrastructure as key to accelerating growth."

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  • The Hon. Federica Guidi

    Minister of Economic Development, Italy (SAUDI ARABIA)

    "Italian FDIs in Saudi Arabia fall mainly under two sectors; infrastructure and energy."

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  • Ing. Augusto Espín Tobar

    Minister of Telecommunications and Information Society, Ecuador (ECUADOR)

    "We investigate potential new operators that might enter the Ecuadorian market."

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  • Maria Clara Choucair

    General Manager, Choucair (COLOMBIA)

    "When we first started, we practically had to figure out the way of doing this job."

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  • Abdul Mohamed Waked Fares

    President, Grupo Wisa (PANAMA)

    "We have operations in almost all Central American and some South American markets."

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  • Mario A. Romero Orozco

    CFO, Rotoplas (MEXICO)

    "We are always looking for growth opportunities that add value."

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  • Fermin Fautsch

    Chairman and Board Director, EUMCCI (MALAYSIA)

    "We would like to see more European companies, in particular SMEs, using Malaysia as a hub to ASEAN."

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YEAR IN REVIEW

Qatar 2015

Game To Play

The slide in oil prices has many worried across the region, yet Qatar remains well tethered thanks to abundant natural gas resources and prudent fiscal management. With the road to the 2022 FIFA World Cup also now open, a wealth of infrastructure works sh

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Dominican Republic 2015

On The Right Path

There is no doubt that a decade of political stability has provided the fertile economic environment for sustainable growth and national development.

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Oman 2015

SME, Myself, & Oman

Growth remains robust in Oman, with high government spending and a number of megaprojects keeping spirits high over 2014.

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Nigeria 2015

Heavy Hitter

The “super eagle” economy of Africa is beginning to spread its wings, and enhanced attention to energy and transport could see economic growth approach double-digit figures in the medium term.

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Tanzania 2015

The Golden Ticket?

Inflation has dropped dramatically over the past year, but a widening current account deficit continues to underline external vulnerability. The discovery of significant gas reserves, however, could be a much-needed shot in the arm.

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Lebanon 2014

Resilient, as always

Lebanon has succeeded in finding opportunities in a region in strife, with hope that the new government will inject fresh confidence into the market and investors.

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Zambia 2014

In Safe Hands

The Bank of Zambia did battle with inflation in 1H2014, while GDP growth looks set to speed up again over the full year following a poor harvest in 2013.

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Ecuador 2014

¡Viva La Revolución!

In a transformed political environment, Ecuador’s economy is thriving, though major potential remains to be exploited efficiently.

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Panama 2014

A Man, A Plan, A Canal

While the widening of the Panama Canal, set for completion in 2015, will be a significant boon for the country, Panama is far from a one-trick pony.

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Mexico 2014

Eagle Alights

Democratic, social, and institutional reform was the theme of 2013, taking place against a backdrop of slow but steady GDP growth.

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UAE, Dubai 2014

Can Do Will

Dubai posted another solid GDP growth figure in 2013, with the successful World Expo 2020 bid being the icing on the cake.

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Saudi Arabia 2014

A Giant Stirs

Robust non-oil growth, coupled with keen labor reforms, ensured solid growth over 2014, and lays a solid foundation for the future.

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Colombia 2014

One of These Days

Crude oil production was intensified to over 1 million bopd in 2013, though unstable prices on the global market reinforced the need for a diversified economy and a reduced reliance on the country’s massive resource reserves.

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Dominican Republic 2014

Warming Up

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Kazakhstan 2014

Consumed by Growth

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UAE, Abu Dhabi 2014

New Economic Foundations

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Turkey 2014

Virtuous Cycle

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Azerbaijan 2014

More Good News

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Mozambique 2014

Abundance Uncovered

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Qatar 2014

Treading the Boards

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