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Report | The Report: Kenya 2014

As East Africa’s largest economy, Kenya has seen its economy grow by more than 4% for the last three years, according to data from the World Bank, while an improvement in fiscal indicators and a new constitution encouraging devolution have helped to improve governance and the public balance sheet. 

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Economic update | Infrastructure boost to lift Bahrain’s industrial sector

23 Nov 2014

Plans for increased spending on infrastructure developments are set to support further growth in Bahrain’s industrial sector via improved transport links and the construction of new large-scale facilities. However, falling oil revenue may impact funding availability for some capital works, potentially cooling long-term prospects in the sector.

Economic update | Jordan targets ICT growth

23 Nov 2014

A drive to attract new investment for Jordan’s ICT sector is gaining ground, as the country moves to strengthen support structures for start-ups and encourage greater private sector participation.

Economic update | Call for incentives as Indonesia aims high in textiles

23 Nov 2014

The textiles industry in Indonesia is growing steadily, nudging Jakarta closer to its long-term goal of rivalling China as a global leader in garment exports. However, sector players say stronger trade pacts are needed as well as more investment to maintain a competitive edge in the regional and international marketplace.

Economic update | Qatar bets on Asia in petrochemicals expansion

21 Nov 2014

Asia remains a key driver of growth for Qatar’s petrochemicals sector, with demand from the region fuelling investment and expansion projects. However, the long-term outlook is less certain after the cancellation of the $6bn Al Sejeel petrochemicals plant, one of the megaprojects targeted to come on line by the end of the decade.  

Economic update | Maroc : Les financements étrangers donnent un coup de pouce aux projets énergétiques

21 Nov 2014

Cet automne, le gouvernement du Maroc est parvenu à obtenir une enveloppe de 3.4 milliards de dollars auprès d’investisseurs étrangers afin de financer d’ambitieux projets énergétiques. Ces derniers visent à la fois à satisfaire la demande croissante en électricité au sein du royaume et à exporter, à long terme, des énergies renouvelables excédentaires vers l’Europe. 

Chapter | Banking from The Report: Kenya 2014

The banking sector in Kenya is notably diversified, thanks in large part to the country’s efforts to boost financial inclusion. Kenya’s predominant mobile money platform, M-Pesa, is perhaps the best known example, but other elements of the Kenyan system, such as savings and credit associations, microfinance and agency banking, also underscore the diversity and innovation within the sector. The...