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Newsworthy articles with a focus on the Middle East & Africa

July 2018


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Deloitte and Dubai's Department of Finance signing agreement

Consultant wins lead role for Oman economic city

The UK’s Atkins has been appointed as lead consultant for the Khazaen Economic City project in Northern Oman. Atkins secured the $6.8m contract that involves preparing the detailed master plan...
EY and Omnatel collaborating on cybersecurity services

Kenya Power and Lighting Company signs new contract with Indra

The Kenya Power and Lighting Company has recruited the services of Spanish global technology consultancy Indra to help with optimising its grid management processes.
Mercer and Ghana's HR body

SMEC wins contract to design and implement oil terminal for Ethiopia

Australian infrastructure consulting firm SMEC has been tasked with developing the operational design and the implementation of an ETB 3 billion oil terminal in Ethiopia’s Dukem region. The contract is worth a total of ETB 250 million.
IBM joining GMIS

Oliver Wyman and INJAZ UAE Collaborate to Help Augment Youth Empowerment

Partnership to focus on supporting entrepreneurship, financial literacy and workplace readiness amongst the youth of the UAE and the wider Middle East. Oliver Wyman is set to leverage its expertise in driving significant value for the youth empowerment agenda.
Dubai Future Foundation, EY to back 10x drive

Dubai Future Foundation, EY to back 10X drive

Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) has signed an agreement with professional services firm EY to support the Dubai 10X initiative, the collaboration with EY will support government organisations to develop their ideas, to be presented and evaluated by a specialised committee.
GCB Bank and Invest in Africa

GCB Bank and Invest in Africa seal deal

GCB Bank and Invest in Africa (IIA) have announced the signing of an agreement that formally makes GCB Bank the newest partner of the initiative.
PwC Middle East CEO's

PwC launches global Cybersecurity Centre in Israel

PwC has launched a global Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence for critical infrastructure protection and Industrial Control Systems & Operations Technology security in Israel.
Deloitte finds Turkey leads MENA in digital banking

Deloitte study finds Turkey leads MENA laggards in digital banking maturity

A comprehensive market study conducted by Big Four firm Deloitte has found that Turkey leads the Middle East when it comes to digital banking maturity, while most other states in the region are considered digital latecomers.
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Deloitte issues Middle East Tax Handbook

Transfer pricing should be top of agenda for all tax executives in 2018

Deloitte has issued its 2018 edition of the Middle East Tax handbook. The handbook is a comprehensive guide to help businesses keep abreast of the Middle East tax rates and to guide businesses through the important changes to tax regimes across the Middle East region.
EY appoints lead for MENA advisory business

EY appoints Wasim Khan to lead MENA Advisory business

Wasim will lead a team of more than 700 professionals across the region, who provide high-quality services to organizations in a number of sectors including government, financial services, energy, real estate, etc.
MENA M&A Activity

EY: Q1 MENA M&A activity down by 21.8%; MENA executives make portfolio transformation a priority

MENA M&A activity recorded 93 announced deals in Q1 2018, a decline of 21.8% when compared to 119 deals in Q1 of 2017, according to EY’s Q1 2018 M&A report.
M&A Transactions to grow in Saudi Arabia

KPMG: M&A Transactions to Grow in Saudi Arabia Over the Next Two Years

KPMG Al Fozan & Partners, is optimistic that M&A activity in Saudi Arabia will increase with a particular interest in the Materials, Industrial and Construction sectors, Insurance, Transportation, Real Estate development, Retail and Food Services, and Automotive Sector.

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REPORT: Organizing for Growth - How the Global Fortune 500 operate in the Middle East & Africa region

Infomineo reviews how the Global 500 are conducting business in the Middle East and Africa. Using the 2017 Fortune 500 ranking as a sample, this review sheds light and highlights trends on where and what major industry players are choosing to set up a decision making center in the MEA region.
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