Founder and President of Nasser Saidi & Associates and Former Chief Economist and Head of External Relations at the DIFC Authority and Executive Director of Hawkamah, The Institute for Corporate Governance and Mudara Institute of Directors Dr. Nasser H. Saidi is the former Chief Economist and... Read More
Established in 2012, we provide economic advisory and business consultancy services to a diverse range of stakeholders in the Middle East and North Africa region ranging from the public sector and private sector, government related enterprises, banks and financial institutions as well as Central Banks... Read More
Markets Wall Street celebrated with new records the subdued US inflation figures and the lacklustre retail and consumer sentiment data which reduce the likelihood of further tightening by the Fed.... Read More
In the Jun 11 edition of “Bloomberg Markets: Middle East”, Nasser Saidi weighed in on Qatar’s deepening diplomatic isolation and talks about the impact of a blockade on the markets. Watch the interview below. The original link to the interview: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2017-06-11/qatari-assets-pile-up-losses-amid-blockade-video
The article titled “Making it clean: a rapidly changing global mix” was published in Aspenia Issue n. 76, May 2017, which can be accessed here. The world is in for an energy revolution. Technological innovation and fear of climate change are sparking investment in clean energy solutions. A massive shift is taking place, away from fossil fuels to renewable sources, yet more still needs to be done to curb global warming. Over the next few decades, the world will witness an energy transformation and revolution. New energy investment will be largely directed at renewables (solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal), where between 2017 and 2040 some 7.8 trillion dollars are forecast to... Read More
Dr. Saidi speaks to Thomson Reuters on the journey of the evolving role of compliance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in this short video. In the past decade, significant international milestones impacted the financial services industry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and elevated the role of compliance to a strategic function. From the US Patriot Act, Financial Crisis of 2008, political turmoil Era and the rise of terrorism risk in the world and most recent the KSA’s journey to step up to become a FATF member, resources and expertise in compliance are more in demand than ever. Compliance is no longer viewed as a secondary role, it has... Read More
The Dubai TV interview discusses the implications of GCC’s proposed move to implement the Value Added Tax (VAT) from 2018. What will be the effect on prices, how do businesses need to prepare themselves ahead of the implementation of VAT, selective taxes etc. form the crux of this interview.
The article titled “A New Economic Model For The Low Oil Price Era” (PDF), was published in MEED’s special publication “Agents of Change”. The region is on a transformation path, but GCC governments need to undertake further economic and structural reforms to adjust to the new oil normal, says economist Nasser Saidi For a region highly dependent on oil for national income, government revenues and exports, the environment of low oil prices, or the “New Oil Normal” has been a massive macroeconomic shock. GCC government budgets swung into deficits, (deficit of 6.9% of GDP this year compared to a surplus 10.8% in 2013), fiscal austerity programs initiated,... Read More