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IMF and Lebanon: A Comparative Analysis of IMF Experiences
I decided to look at certain other countries where the IMF has been running their programmes. Before we go on to the successful IMF programmes, I would like to highlight the disastrous ones.
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China Is Getting Its Hooks Deeper Into Middle East Oil Supplies, Blackstone’s property arm assets swell to €250bn, Businesses that can operate as Dubai eases Covid-19 restrictions
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WORLD FINANCE NEWS BRIEF Wall Street strategists say dollar could be set for ‘dramatic’ falls Strategists at banks including Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan have turned bearish on the US dollar. On Tuesday the trade-weighted dollar slipped to its weakest level since mid-March, continuing a five-day streak of losses. Goldman, JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Citigroup have...
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China’s Digital Currency Could Challenge Bitcoin, Putin and Trump Discussed OPEC+ Deal, Oil Market Recovery, Saudi Arabia to Inject Over $13bn Into Banking System to Boost Liquidity
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World Finance News Brief Swiss Debate on Corporate Liability Comes to Head via Ft.com Some of the world’s biggest companies, from Nestlé to Glencore, face the prospect of tougher ethical regulations in Switzerland, as a four-year debate over business practices comes to a head in parliament this week. Critics say the proposed legal changes would impose...
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World Finance News Don’€™t Expect a Quick Recovery – Our Survey of Economists Says It Will Likely Take Years.  How long will we be stuck with a double-digit unemployment rate and a host of other historically bad economic indicators? d the panel questions like what the shape of the recovery will resemble, when the gross...
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World Finance News Brief Macron Pledges Additional Stimulus to Help French Carmakers The plan includes incentives for the purchase of electric cars, cash-for-clunkers to encourage consumers to trade in older, more polluting cars and subsidies for struggling car-parts makers. The total of roughly 8 billion euros ($9 billion) also includes state-backed loans such as 5...
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WORLD FINANCE NEWS BRIEF Rich Chinese Snapping Up Luxury Homes From Singapore to Sydney Rich Chinese investors are finding luxury real estate is a good hiding place from the economic fallout of the coronavirus. Across China and in some of their familiar hunting grounds in Asia, wealthy buyers are snapping up top-end housing, in many...
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World Finance News Asia’s Rich Brush Aside Risk to Snatch Up Chinese Developer Debt Lockdowns across Asia’s largest economy have forced more than 100 builders into bankruptcy and the swelling ranks of the unemployed are a continuing threat for the indebted sector. Still, there’s the confidence that Beijing won’t allow a property collapse at a...
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Macro-Finance: What Is It? & How Does It Work?
Macro-Economic Instability in Lebanon – Reviewing the Causes:
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How Did We Get Here - Haircut Part Two
30 Years at a Glance: The Recent Economic History of Lebanon The current economic situation in Lebanon is – either directly or indirectly – a cumulative result of the previous strategies, policies, and events. Understanding the factors which led to the proposition of the Haircut in Lebanon necessitates looking back at the last 30 years...
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د. عطية المعلم بداية "اليوروبوندز" هي سندات دين بغير العملة المحلية للدولة المصدرة لها. وقد ظهر هذا المصطلح للمرة الأولى خلال الحرب العالمية الثانية، حين اضطرت أوروبا للاستدانة من الولايات المتحدة بالدولار لتمويل إعمار ما خلفته الحرب. وعادة أسعار هذه السندات تثبت أو تنخفض حسب مؤشر مخاطر وتصنيف البلد المصدّر، على أن تدفع عند الإستحقاق...
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What is a haircut?
If an asset – such as holdings of a particular government bond – is worth USD 1 million but is given a haircut of 20%, it means it is treated as though it has a value of only USD0.8 million or even a deposit.
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Lebanese Diaspora Energy - Together for a better tomorrow
Standing together and holding on to each other with support and love is what Lebanese people have proudly done across the globe for decades. As we all go through these hard times, we must, more than ever, show solidarity and support.
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Coronavirus outbreak in Lebanon - a crisis within a crisis
This Health crisis started within the fallout of the economic sector which was creating a whole fiscal crisis, hence now we are having multiple impacts related to the same:
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Dr Atie discusses Eurobonds and Economy on Loubnan Al Yawm
Indeed, our government did not begin implementation and simply waited until now. We’re always consulting McKinsey as well as other national experts. And what’s striking is that if we look more closely at these companies, we’d notice that they are all led by Lebanese individuals whose expertise we never benefited from.
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A New Economic Model Needed to Reduce Inequality in Lebanon
The revolution has been linked to the acute problem of inequality in Lebanon. This uprising was against the power elites with an aim to end sectarianism politics
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Dr Atieh on Loubnan Al Yawm on Financial Situation in Lebanon
Below is the English transcript of Dr Atie appearance on Loubnan Al Yawm with Pierre Al Bayeh in January. The talk was centred on the financial situation in Lebanon after the October revolution. At the bottom of the article, you can find the Arabic video for the same.
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Lebanon’s October Revolution should lead to structural reforms
The time has come for Lebanon to make a historical transformation in its traditional policies on economic management and the nation’s lifestyle. There can be no further development for Lebanon without this transformation.
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Exploring the Connection Between Corruption and Economic Growth
In a paper titled 'Corruption and Economic Growth in Lebanon' [2], the authors have tried to examine the relationship. This article summarizes the key observations of the authors.
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Relationship Between Consociationalism and State Corruption in Lebanon.
Consociationalism is a form of democracy which seeks to regulate the sharing of power in a state that comprises diverse societies (distinct ethnic, religious, political, national or linguistic groups), by allocating these groups collective rights.
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First batch of Certified Anti corruption managers in Lebanon
Fighting corruption at a global level, First Batch of Certified Anti-Corruption Managers in Lebanon.
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'How Does Corruption Affect Human Rights?': Analysis of an article
The article provides an overview of the causes and effects of corruption along with an analysis of how corruption affects human rights. The author then applies the findings to the Lebanese case and exposes the effects of corruption on the Lebanese youth.
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My Takeaway from Sarah Hariri Haykal Paper on Corruption in Lebanon
The paper puts forth the argument that the cause for endemic corruption is more because of social norms rather than structural issues.
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A list of various Books and Academic Papers published about Corruption in Lebanon
Corruption is one of the most burgeoning issues plaguing Lebanon at the moment. It permeates all layers of society and is widespread. A lot has been written to document the high levels of corruption in Lebanese society
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Solutions to Combat Corruption According to Lebanese on Twitter
Accordingly to your opinion, what do you think is the hardest thing to do in combating corruption?
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Public Private Partnership policy in UAE : What you need to know
The need for public private partnership has been recognised by the members of the government : While speaking at the UAE Public Policy Forum in 2018, H.E. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy noted that ...
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First Batch of Certified Anti-Corruption Managers in Lebanon from The American Anti-Corruption Institute
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Remittance Industry - Will Ripple Replace SWIFT
Ripple is a “for profit” technology company which has developed blockchain based applications for Real Time Gross Settlements (RTGS) between Banks. Ripple has two products, xCurrent and xRapid, of which xRapid is based on Ripple’s own cryptocurrency XRP.
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Davos WEF 2019 highlights
The Theme of this year at was Globalisation 4.0: Shaping the Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The Annual World Economic Forum conference was held in Davos this year on Jan 23-25. There were over 600 discussion sessions between 3000 global leaders from business, technology and politics. These Global Leaders debated...
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Corruption in Lebanon: DEMYSTIFYING the Reasons and the Legal framework
This article explores looks at the reasons of corruption laws in Lebanon. The article also looks at the legal framework in place to address it.
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What you MUST KNOW about Dubai Blockchain Strategy 2020
Dubai Blockchain Strategy 2020 was a vision shared by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum at the launch of the Dubai Blockchain Strategy back in 2016. We are in 2019 and naturally, the blockchain enthusiasts are waiting with bated breath for the strategy to unfold.
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In the “Lebanon Economic Vision” Mckinsey report the International consulting firm has set out its vision for Lebanon’s economy. It envisions Lebanon as a wealth-management and investment-banking hub.
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Oledcomm launches their new product LiFiMAX
I am happy to announce that Oledcomm has launched their new product #LiFiMAX . I am associated with Oledcomm as financial advisor and proud of the achievements of Oledcomm.
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How blockchain can help Fintech
The world of finance is undergoing a rapid transformation. Startups & global giants alike are implementing technology to open up new avenues. One of the technologies that I find most suitable for our discussion is Blockchain. Here I look at how blockchain can help FinTech in critical areas.
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How does fintech make money
In this article, we will take a closer look at understanding how does fintech make money. The article will also make an attempt to provide real life examples of fintech firms which are operating on different business models.
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How Fintech will change banking
In this article, we will take a look at how FinTech will change the banking industry. The article will also highlight the experience in GCC and MENA region so far.
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Top FinTech Startups in GCC for Small Businesses
The rapid rise of the FinTech sector in the MENA region is shaping a new & better world for all of us. Here I take a look at FinTech startups in GCC for small businesses.
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A news journalism media business on Blockchain for Lebanon would be the best thing to happen to news journalism. Let me explain. Skeptic say no one really understand how blockchain works
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Startup incubators in the UAE are an integral part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Even for the most experienced of campaigners, building a business from scratch is an enormous task
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Fintech is changing who has access to money. It can empower a whole new section of the Society.
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In this article, I take a look at the rise of the WealthTech industry and WealthTech Startups in GCC. I also list down some of the promising startups in the space for UHNI's in the GCC to consider. But first, we must understand WealthTech.
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Blockchain is a technical solution to the various problems being faced in the world. Increasingly countries using blockchain for combating corruption by employing blockchain technologies in several ways.
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Here I look at some promising Fintech startups in the UAE, the challenges they are attempting to resolve and the exciting products they have to offer.
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The role that NGOs play in fighting corruption cannot be underestimated. The strategies adopted by NGOs in fighting corruption depend on a number of factors.
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With more US sanctions imposed on individuals, what if someone is a victim of these sanctions.
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Lebanon ranks 143 in the annual corruption index published by the Transparency International in 2017. This is an indicator of the present conditions in Lebanon. A major effect of the widespread corruption has been on the natural resources of Lebanon. The natural resources of the country have depleted with the increasing rates of corruption.
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[:en] Transparency International Index — Lebanon is 143rd/ 180 Least Corrupt country. Transparency International a global NGO rates countries after doing quantitative survey among the citizens.In 2017 it rated Lebanon 143rd least corrupt out of 180 countries. So Lebanon now has the dubious distinction of having only 32 countries which are more corrupt than us. [Ref] Elections...
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