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Can the Middle East sustain surprise FDI growth in face of 4IR?

Bucking the global trend Last year, global flows of foreign direct investment (FDI) fell by thirteen percent – to the lowest level since the global financial crisis. As UN Secretary-General Guterres notes in his preface to the latest World Investment Report (WIR) from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), this sharp drop in … Continued

Reaching out across borders to benefit startups

Cooperation and collaboration are critical success factors for entrepreneurial startups. In a world increasingly tied together by advances in communications technology, it is more and more common to find partners, collaborators, mentors and even entire ecosystems working across borders. So, how can we bring together ecosystems in a way that gives us a multiplier effect, … Continued

Launching the Open Banking Revolution in the Middle East via Fintastic Bahrain

The advent of Open Banking, mandated last year, and set to come into force in June this year, is the latest step in Bahrain’s leadership role in the FinTech sector.

Is the march of technology moving in the right direction?

Last week’s World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa raised the question of how can we guarantee that technology becomes more human-centered and accountable as we move towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Our Chief Executive HE Khalid Al Rumaihi explores this further.

Producing tech world-beaters starts with getting the basics right

Getting to a point where home-grown technology companies can scale to be a global force is not easy. But it’s essential that this is our goal in the Middle East. So how can we make it happen?

Fintastic Bahrain Week – Understanding the trajectory of FinTech in 2019

As we get deeper into 2019, the likely path of the FinTech industry through the rest of the year is beginning to emerge. The increasing rise of challenger banks, digital-only banks and non-traditional, algorithm-powered lenders is a given.

Bahrain Makes History as First Nation to Enact UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Transferable Records

Electronic commerce, more than any other facet of the economy, holds the potential to transform the GCC in exciting ways over the next few years. Taking into consideration that mobile phone subscriptions have already outpaced population numbers throughout the region – by 2.1 times in Bahrain and the UAE, for instance – it is a … Continued

GCC-driven innovation is vital to embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The World Economic Forum’s Manama Meeting in November on “the Arab World in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)” brought together regional leaders – business executives, government officials, venture capitalists and more – in Bahrain to explore economic forces that can both help and hinder GCC-based enterprises in realising the full potential of evolving markets. Not … Continued

Innovation Flows to Bahrain Through the Digital Silk Road

Team Bahrain’s recent trip to China – touring commerce and innovation hubs including Shenzhen, Hangzhou, and Shijiazhuang – only served to deepen my conviction that our partnership has only just begun to fulfil its enormous potential. As China continues to build the Digital Silk Road and support the development of technology leaders, Bahrain represents a natural partner that can nurture the ingenuity of these visionaries and serve as a gateway to a region of 50 million people with a combined spending power of $1.5 trillion.

Record year sees 13.2% increase in investment

Bahrain has long been known as a regional pioneer in building and sustaining a robust and future-ready economy. It was the first GCC country to diversify away from oil, granting the private sector a vital role in the Kingdom’s economic growth. These developments build on a firmly established business ecosystem in Bahrain. Bahrain is due to implement four new laws to build on its firmly established business ecosystem.