Ford, Neil
October 2004
Middle East;Oct2004, Issue 349, p28
This article focuses on the banking sector of Middle East. For many years, the Middle East's banking sector was dominated by a small number of companies, but the survey of the Top 100 Arab banks indicates that a larger number of sizeable banks are now entering the market. While Commercial Bank of Syria(Commercial Bank of Syria) heads the table of the Top 100 Arab banks by assets (Table One), tight government control of the Syrian banking sector makes this a special case. Although most applicants have been turned down, National Bank of Kuwait, Standard Chartered Bank and HSBC were awarded licences in January, while Housing Bank for Trade& Finance of Jordan, ABC and Bank Melli Iran made successful applications during the middle of this year. INSET: THE BAHRAIN FINANCIAL HARBOUR.


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