Higher Stakes but Balanced Risks: ABANA-Arabia Monitor MENA Markets Call

Date September 6, 2017, 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.

  • The Qatar rift, now into its fourth month, shows no sign of ending. What measures has Qatar taken to cope with the sanctions and how do they stark up in comparison to GCC policy?
  • On 29 August, the UAE Federal Decree-Law for VAT was issued. How will VAT impact UAE businesses and the economy, and what are the main features compared to Saudi Arabia’s framework?
  • On 15 August, Ahmed Ouyahia was appointed as Algeria’s new prime minister, replacing Abdelmadjid Tebboune. What were the main reasons for the reshuffle?
  • In August, Moody’s downgraded Tunisia’s credit profile and affirmed Egypt’s long term rating. What were the rationale for Moody’s actions and what factors would improve their credit profiles?
  • Iran’s new cabinet faces little changes at the top. But what are some of the main challenges facing Rouhani’s second-term government?
  • What are the main impediments for Egypt’s target to attract 1 million Chinese tourists in 2018?

*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.