A Hot Summer for Reform: ABANA-Arabia Monitor MENA Markets Conference Call

Date August 3, 2016, 9:30 am

ABANA invites you to participate in our monthly conference call in collaboration with Arabia Monitor.

9:30 am (New York, GMT-04:00), 2:30 pm (London, GMT+01:00), 5:30 pm (Abu Dhabi, Muscat, GMT+04:00), 4:30 pm  (Amman, GMT+03:00)

The ABANA-Arabia Monitor Monthly Conference Call Series is led by Arabia Monitor’s CEO and Chief Economist Dr. Florence Eid-Oakden, a respected authority on the economy and geopolitics of the MENA region. Dr. Eid-Oakden is joined by a team of analysts to provide insights into emerging issues in and affecting the region. Calls are open to all ABANA members. Topics to be discussed:*

  • What is the impact of the suicide attacks that took place on 4 July on business confidence in Saudi Arabia?
  • On 18 July, Bahrain approved a new law allowing 100% ownership in a number of sectors. How will this impact the business environment? Which sector(s) are set to benefit most?
  • After a two-week suspension, Yemen peace talks resumed on 15 July. But will a final settlement be reached by the 15-day deadline?
  • Why did Abadi accept the resignations of five more ministers from his cabinet on 19 July, and what does this mean for his reform efforts and intention to install a technocratic government in Iraq?
  • On 17 July, Algeria passed a new investment law. What are the details of this new law? And what does it still fail to address?
  • On 2 July, the heads of the rival National Oil Corporations (NOC) in Libya agreed to a unified structure with just one NOC. How do the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) and General Khalifa Haftar view this agreement? Do GNA-backed forces control the oil field and terminals necessary to make this agreement work?
  • Sino-MENA: China starts paying for Russian oil in the RMB. Will MENA oil be next?

*Please note that the title and content of the call are subject to change to reflect and include the most recent events affecting the region.