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Telecom Voices – Don’t call us…?

Telecom Voices – Don’t call us…?

Ghazi Yussuf: Head of the Higher Privatization Council up until the resignation of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri E: Is there a realistic chance for the privatization of cellular assets in 2005? What, in your opinion, are the best and worst case scenarios for the development of the cellular sector in the coming year? There is

Banking Voices – Size still matters

Georges Abou Jawdeh: President, Lebanese Canadian Bank E: After encouraging developments on the interest rate front, Banque du Liban has once again adjusted the rates upwards. In such an environment, how can the banking sector develop a more efficient corporate and retail lending culture? Following the Paris II meeting for donor countries to Lebanon and

Q&A: Jean Riachi

E: What is the core requirement for a financial company to be successful in Beirut? In general, for a financial company to be successful, it has to be focused on its lines of business and on its friends. When you are in Beirut, you need to compete with local competition but also with foreign competition.

Finance Voices – Where’s the regulation?

Ziad Maalouf: Senior Vice President of MENA Capital SAL E: Would the Lebanese financial industry benefit from a more stringent regulatory environment? Do you see any realistic opportunities for a more advanced regulatory framework that would contribute to greater investor confidence in 2005? The Lebanese financial sector is in a dismal state today. Investor confidence

Q&A: Georges Corm

Despite regional instability, a soaring public debt and the threat of international sanctions under UN Resolution 1559, the Lebanese economy experienced its strongest growth in seven years, largely due to a record number of tourists, increased exports and vigorous real estate activity. Yet, according to Georges Corm, the key to sustainable economic growth and greater

Economy Voices – Reform Horoscope

Joey Ghaleb: Economist at the ministry of economy and trade E: How could the Lebanese Government give new impulses to the economy through public spending in 2005? Although “Paris II” may be long forgotten, the Lebanese must keep reminding themselves that soothing political sound bites do not pay the bill. Major structural reforms do and

A proud Trading tradition

I taught you value of information and how to get it,” yelled Gordon Gecco (Michael Douglas) to Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) in the iconic 1980s movie Wall Street. Those few words constitute the whole vortex around which the movie is predicated. And while insider trading is a major felony in developed securities markets, it is

Q&A: Ali Abdallah

E: What was the ministry’s strategy in 2003? AA: This year should see a robust and energetic campaign to promote the Lebanese tourist industry, especially in light of the encouraging figures that were recorded in 2003. Not since 1974, 20 years ago, have we seen over one million visitors and the business that was generated

Q&A: Freddie Baz

How long were the two banks involved in negotiations before signing the agreement to form a single group? The two banks have had a long proactive relationship. Every now and then we sat together on the managerial level and assessed the situation of the banking industry in Lebanon and the consolidation process. In this favorable

The art of leadership

How can I become a leader? This question pops up quite often with the assumption that there is some magic formula for leadership lying around somewhere. There isn’t. People want us to tell them “the five easy steps to become a leader”. But, they don’t exist. How great it would be if leadership could be

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