from the Financial Times..
May 28, 2013, SPECIAL REPORT
[Ed. note: This is an important 4-page report covering several individual topics. I shall cite each topic and its link.]
Forces must rally in aid of business in the Arab world
Efforts are focused on reviving sources of funding that have sputtered or stalled as a younger generation presses for change. Michael Peel reports.
Cultural shift on small businesses needed to ease unemployment
Start-ups need more help from the region’s lenders, says Simeon Kerr.
SME funding: Risk takers move to fill gap left by play-safe lenders
Simeon Kerr reports on a potentially rewarding arena for entrepreneurs.
Egypt: Innovators value presence of angel investors
Heba Saleh reports in an initiative that is receiving positive attention from the World Bank.
Disclosure need deters initial public offerings
Few families are ready for the required level of transparency, writes Camilla Hall
Debt workouts: ‘Reputation’ lending gets a bad name
Big banks have been stung by a plethora of bad calls, writes Camilla Hall
Jordan leads Middle East in number of tech deals
Friendly policies capitalise on skills, says John Reed
Saudi small business remains reliant on friends and family for funds
Riyadh could do considerably more to make banks extend credit beyond state projects, writes Abeer Allam
Tunisia: Economic revival depends on banking reconstruction
Borzou Daragahi on a country coming to terms with excesses
Guest column: Emotional investments carry highest risk for Saudi family companies
by John Sfakianakis, chief investment strategist of Masic, A Saudi Arabian family investment company that was founded in 1933.