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Philippa Wilkinson

Power plant politics

3 September 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Iran-Iraq IPP finance deal makes political, but not economic, sense

Tehran in Iran

Iran to finance Iraq IPP Subscription Required

3 September 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Strategic project to be prioritised

Sharjah

Sharjah Oasis to tap private investors Subscription Required

3 September 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Raising capital will be challenging for waterfront project

The Viceroy Hotel in Abu Dhabi

Dubai hotel group closes financing Subscription Required

1 September 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Syndicated finance includes Chinese banks

Saudi Electricity Company seeks financing

Saudi Electricity Company seeks financing Subscription Required

1 September 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Bonds and bank credit to finance projects

Solar

Four companies negotiating for Jordan solar projects Subscription Required

1 September 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Second round feed-in tariff bidders selected

Waste-to-energy plant

Kuwait prequalifies groups for waste project Subscription Required

31 August 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Kabd scheme will be developed under a public-private partnership model

Power plant

Groups work on bids for Iraq IPP Subscription Required

30 August 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Twelve companies have been prequalified for tender

The Salalah 2 independent power project (IPP) in Oman

Oman IPP reaches financial close Subscription Required

27 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Seven local and international banks finance project

With the US Congress and Senate returning for their autumn sessions in September, the business community is hopeful that a renewal of Exim Bank’s authorisation can be passed

US Exim Bank shutdown affects Middle East projects Subscription Required

26 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Paralysis at export credit agency will damage US more than Middle East

Lebanon plans eurobond in September

Lebanon plans eurobond in September Subscription Required

26 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Government debt expected to reach 126 per cent of GDP

Refinery

Egypt appoints loan advisers for refinery expansion Subscription Required

26 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Project will need $1.4bn in finance

Muscat, Oman

Oman economic mood darkens Subscription Required

25 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Continued falls in oil price increase deficit worries

Antimony plant secures financing

Tri-Star Resources finalises Oman project finance Subscription Required

25 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Antimony plant secures financing

Muscat

Oman's United Finance Company rejects takeover Subscription Required

25 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Board rejects sole remaining bidder

Dubai-based Abraaj Group has closed a second North Africa fund

Abraaj closes North Africa fund Subscription Required

24 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Investments raised surpass targets

The Suez Canal in Egypt

Egypt receives interest for SCZone Subscription Required

23 August 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Egypt’s expansion of the Suez Canal and the plans to develop land along the waterway are aimed at kickstarting the diversification of the economy

Petroceltic invites bids for $2bn Algerian gas project

Petroceltic denies anonymous corruption accusations Subscription Required

23 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Dissident shareholder renews battle

Jeddah

Saudi Arabia outlook turns negative Subscription Required

23 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Ratings agency revises outlook on lower oil prices

Muscat, Oman

Oman budget deficit exceeds projections Subscription Required

20 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Lower than expected oil prices hit sultanate’s finances

New York Exchange

Abu Dhabi group looks west for IPO Subscription Required

20 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Investment firm hopes to raise more than $1bn

Abu Dhabi capital city of the UAE

Aabar Investments gets new CEO Subscription Required

20 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Ipic director appointed as new head

Abu Dhabi capital city of the UAE

Taqa closes $3.1bn loan Subscription Required

19 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Refinancing at improved rates

Saudi Arabia bank profits

Saudi banks can absorb 2015 bond issuance Subscription Required

19 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Liquidity not a pressing concern

Saudi food and dairy firm Almarai to issue $500m of Islamic bonds

Almarai to issue $500m of Islamic bonds Subscription Required

19 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Saudi food firm returns to debt markets

Comment

Hossam Abougabal

Abu Rawash PPP could set new precedent for Egypt Subscription Required

25 August 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

The project could show investors that Egypt is willing to work with the private sector on major infrastructure projects

Jennifer Aguinaldo

Why Gulf VAT could be bad news Subscription Required

19 August 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Imposing value-added tax (VAT) across the Gulf seems likelier than ever

Philippa Wilkinson

Cairo has to make decision on international banks Subscription Required

3 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Egypt’s economic investment strategy relies heavily on foreign funding

Philippa Wilkinson

Iran moves from a crawl to a sprint Subscription Required

27 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

The banking sector will struggle to play its vital role in planned investments

Philippa Wilkinson

The upside to debt Subscription Required

7 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Issuing debt may seem a last resort for the GCC, but it would benefit the banking industry

Analysis

Egypt projects pipeline

Egypt faces financing bottleneck Subscription Required

10 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Cairo has a huge demand for finance, but local banks are thinly stretched by government borrowing while international lenders are wary of currency risk

Central Bank of Iran governor Valiollah Seif

Iran banks in need of huge overhaul Subscription Required

28 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Bad debt and stifling regulations will need to be addressed as sanctions are lifted

Tehran in Iran

Emirati banks cautious on Iran Subscription Required

23 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

UAE could be well-placed for trade finance boom

Construction

Saudi Arabia dominates region's project finance sector Subscription Required

14 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Uncertain pipeline for second half of year, but 2016 shows promise

Oman seeks interest in Duqm acetic acid plant

Governments turn to private sector for project funding Subscription Required

9 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Sustained lower oil prices could push governments towards alternative lending models

Central Bank of Bahrain

GCC governments turn to debt Subscription Required

7 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Debt issuances welcomed by banking community

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