The Tunisian economy has showed signs of recovery in the first quarter of 2018, with the highest growth since 2014 supported by agriculture and exports. Besides due to the more flexible exchange rates, the current account deficit has also improved to some extent. However, at the same time, risks to macroeconomic stability, especially inflation, have…

CEOs in the Middle East today operate in a very complex environment, characterized by fast-evolving regulations, start-up challenges, changing consumer behavior and technological disruptions, among others. Their job becomes even more demanding taking into consideration the fact that the region itself is witnessing a massive and rapid change amid low growth, a volatile oil market…

By Gareth Smyth When Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri took to Saudi television in November to resign and accuse the Shia group Hezbollah of planning his assassination, some amount of capital vacated Lebanon. But the market reaction was muted, with private-sector deposits at commercial banks falling just 1.5 percent month-on-month. Recovery was swift, especially when…

TRENDS speaks with Jorn Lambert, Group Executive, Digital Channels in Emerging Payments, Mastercard, about how Mastercard is offering richer experiences to its regional clients and sees massive opportunities in this region that are beyond developed markets. When it comes to evolving payment technology, how do you look at Middle East region? Today, consumer patterns are changing at a…