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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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Corruption : How to fight the issue globally - Some thoughts
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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[:en] There is a new technology on the block. The technology will disrupt the hegemony of traditional business processes. The technology will eliminate the middlemen and is decentralised. How will this technology disrupt Banking? Blockchain is a decentralised ledger (DCL) which can record transactions and store transactions. Since it is a DCL, to change a...
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[:en] The Financial service industry produces a massive amount of data. Banks have internal data on deposits, payments, balances, investments. Then there is external data form websites, social network data and government data. Tech-savvy millennials prefer digital platforms all adding to Big data. Business Analysts have been using data to understand what is happening. Data...
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[:en] Lebanon Parliament finally passed the “Public Private Partnership” law on 16th August 2017. The idea of PPP in Lebanon is not a recent one though. There have been research papers way back in 2002–2004 by academics like Dina Jamali and Mutasem El-Fadel on PPP in Telecom and Solid Waste Management respectively. The first draft law on PPP was...
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[:en] Governments are seeking support from Private enterprises to deal with complex problems. The technological expertise of private enterprise can the utilised to Develop infrastructure, Public health, Education, Energy, Environment and many emerging fields. Public Private Partnership places less stress on governments budgets. Improved infrastructure contributes to higher commercial activity and creation of jobs. In...
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[:en] Crypto-currencies are here to stay. Crypto-currencies run on thousands of computers and is not dependent on a central server. For crypto-currencies to disappear one would need to turn off the internet which seems implausible. But the regulation of crypto-currencies can be enforced in marketplaces. Fintech companies backed by seasoned executives will lead the change...
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