TRENDS speaks to Khalid Abdulla-Janahi, Chairman of Vision 3, who says it is of utmost importance for GCC economies to address the dollar-peg issues. GCC economies are struggling at this moment. They are opting for strict austerity measures and massively reducing subsidies to balance the government budgets. Will this deliver the desired result? GCC economies…

TRENDS speaks to Huda AlLawati, Chief Investment Officer, Savola Group, Saudi Arabia, on wide ranging issues including the role of FDIs, startups, state-owned funds and new reality. When we talk about global trade and attracting new investments, how Saudi Arabia is placed at this moment? The ongoing wave of reforms, outpacing most reform agendas globally,…

Malta’s Minister for Economy, Investment and Small Business, Dr Christian Cardona, believes this island nation can bridge the gap between North Africa and mainland Europe. Excerpts from the interview: How has the element of diversification contributed to the economic success of Malta in the past few years? Since our government’s inception, we never limited our…

Cisco’s security research organization Talos’ initial analysis of the global ransomware worm attack that has affected multiple organizations worldwide points to the attack starting in the Ukraine, possibly from software update systems for a Ukrainian tax accounting package called MeDoc. This appears to have been confirmed by MeDoc itself. MeDoc is a widely used tax software…

Goktug Gur, Managing Director for Turkey and Middle East (excluding KSA) at Philips Lighting, talks about the industry’s robustness and future opportunities in the run-up to mega events in the region such as the Expo 2020 in Dubai (UAE) and the FIFA World Cup in Doha (Qatar). Middle East is going through a turbulent time, especially because of…

Essel Group ME’s (EGME) joint managing director and group CEO, Punkaj Gupta, and chairman and managing director Gagan Goel are looking to exploit the untapped potential of the region, while adding value to the industry. TRENDS speaks to them on their company’s expansion plans, latests trends impacting their industry and EGME’s ongoing diversification drive to…

Dr Emanuel Mallia, Malta’s Minister for Competitiveness and Digital, Maritime and Services Economy, says oceans have huge untapped potential that can be harnessed using the latest innovations. He speaks to TRENDS in an exclusive interview. Excerpts from the interview: How do you look at the development of the blue economy in Malta and in the region? As a…