Banking & Finance articles

A seasonal ‘flop’?

Reading Time: < 1 minute Despite the usual upbeat suggestions that tourism is on the up and up in Lebanon, the Arab World Trade and Tourism Exchange (AWTTE), held at the BIEL exhibition center from 16 to 19 September, was, in the words of one hotel marketing director who participated,

Two words: ‘good luck’

Reading Time: < 1 minute Within weeks, a US government-funded, 24-hour Arabic- language satellite television network is to start airing in the Middle East as part of Washington

FYI Briefs – October

Reading Time: < 1 minute Welcome backSince September 1, the Lebanese authorities have again been allowing South Koreans to obtain visas upon arrival in Lebanon. The practice had been discontinued in November 2003, when the Lebanese government imposed visa restrictions on a number of countries. South Korean embassy officials declined to offer an explanation for their country

Forgotten festival?

Reading Time: < 1 minute Shopping month is upon us again. But this year it has come almost as a surprise. In mid-January there had still been no pre-festival publicity.

Q&A: Rose Martinelli

Reading Time: 3 minutes E: When you say you are looking for the best, what defines ‘the best’? RM: A quality that I especially like to see it is the passion to make an impact on the world that goes beyond making individual gains. It begins with developing the professional side and the personal side and then reaching out

Pressure mounts on Syria

Reading Time: 5 minutes Israel’s surprise attack on Syria shattered nearly 30 years of calm between the two countries, since the guns fell silent after a negotiated truce following the October 1973 Arab-Israeli war. Despite this, the “situation” between Syria and Israel has been one of a conflict under control. However, Damascus does periodically pop up on Washington’s political

Banking on transparency

Reading Time: 6 minutes Lebanon’s ranking in the 2003 Corruption Perception Index of international watchdog organization, Transparency International (TI) was poor. Receiving a rating of 3.0 on a scale ranging from 0 (totally rotten) to 10 (impeccably clean), Lebanon ranked 78th for perceived levels of corruption in 133 countries. However, it did rank significantly higher than the dirty dozen