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OECD delivers update on Covid-19 response in MENA countries
OECD delivers update on Covid-19 response in MENA countries
16, November, 2020
S&P publishes update on how Covid-19 is affecting its ratings on banks
S&P publishes update on how Covid-19 is affecting its [...]
29, October, 2020

S&P changed many of its rating outlooks to negative in April and May but expects that ratings will be resilient in the [...]

Money Laundering and the Gold Trade: Briefing from Themis
Money Laundering and the Gold Trade: Briefing from Themis
27, October, 2020

ABA Corporate Member Themis Services has produced a useful briefing note on money laundering and the gold trade, which [...]

Is working from home good for you?
Is working from home good for you?
26, October, 2020

Andy Haldane, the Bank of England's Chief Economist and a member of its Monetary Policy Committee, delivered an insightful [...]

Recent resignations and appointments at Middle East banks
Recent resignations and appointments at Middle East banks
21, October, 2020

There have been several changes at the top of Middle Eastern banks in recent weeks. 'Read more' to see a summary. 

NCB and Samba plan largest ever Saudi bank merger
NCB and Samba plan largest ever Saudi bank merger
12, October, 2020

Following the announcement on 11 October that National Commercial Bank and Samba Financial Group, both of Saudi Arabia, have [...]

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank to close Representative Office in London
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank to close Representative Office in [...]
05, October, 2020

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank has announced that it will close its representative office in London at the end of October. 

VG Jersey appoints Paul Roper as new Director
VG Jersey appoints Paul Roper as new Director
05, October, 2020

VG, the Jersey-based provider of fiduciary and administration solutions, has appointed Paul Roper as a Director. 

MENA FCCG celebrates fourth anniverary
MENA FCCG celebrates fourth anniverary
05, October, 2020

The MENA Financial Crime Compliance Group is celebrating its fourth anniversary. We take a look some of the Group's most [...]

CPMI provides data on the decline in correspondent banking
CPMI provides data on the decline in correspondent banking
05, October, 2020

A new report from the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures provides country-by-country data on the decline in [...]

Moody's downgrades Kuwait, confirms rating on Qatar
Moody's downgrades Kuwait, confirms rating on Qatar
29, September, 2020

Moody's has lowered Kuwait's debt rating by one notch to Aa3, and confirmed Qatar's debt rating at its existing level, also [...]

Some news items we've been following
Some news items we've been following
22, September, 2020

Here are some of the news items we've been following recently: Lebanese banks selling overseas operations, bank M&A in [...]

FTI publishes inaugural Financial Crime Newsletter
FTI publishes inaugural Financial Crime Newsletter
19, September, 2020

ABA Corporate Member, FTI Consulting, has published its first Financial Crime Quarterly, highlighting some key current issues [...]

Qatar National Bank issues $600mn in Green Bonds
Qatar National Bank issues $600mn in Green Bonds
19, September, 2020

Qatar National Bank successfully placed $600mn in Green Bonds during the second week of September. The proceeds will be used [...]

Emirati banks sign agreements with Israeli banks Hapoalim and Leumi
Emirati banks sign agreements with Israeli banks Hapoalim [...]
19, September, 2020

Emirates NBD and Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank have signed co-operation agreements with Hapoalim and Leumi, the two biggest Israeli [...]

Central Bank of Lebanon gives guidance on expected losses
Central Bank of Lebanon gives guidance on expected losses
26, August, 2020

Riad Salamé, the Governor of the Banque du Liban, has provided guidance to local banks on the level of losses that they [...]

Costi Chehlaoui: an appreciation
Costi Chehlaoui: an appreciation
25, August, 2020

We are sad to note the passing of Costi Chehlaoui, a pioneer of Arab banking, who held senior positions in London, New York [...]

Kuwait starts to feel budgetary pressure
Kuwait starts to feel budgetary pressure
20, August, 2020

Kuwait's parliament has decided that the country will no longer automatically assign 10% of its oil revenues to its Future [...]

Qatar National Bank wins more awards
Qatar National Bank wins more awards
11, August, 2020

Qatar National Bank was named Best Bank in Qatar by Euromoney in July. Late last year, QNB picked up three awards during The [...]

ABA sends condolences to those affected by the Beirut explosion.
ABA sends condolences to those affected by the Beirut [...]
06, August, 2020

The Directors and staff of the Arab Bankers Association send their condolences to all those who are suffering as a result of [...]

Updated Webinar schedule for the autumn
Updated Webinar schedule for the autumn
05, August, 2020

We will be holding a series of webinars on regulatory matters, and topics related to the Middle East over the next few [...]

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