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
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In the Sep 10, 2017 edition of Bloomberg Markets Middle East, Dr. Nasser Saidi speaks to Tracy Alloway [from 18:38 into the video below] on topics ranging from the future of the Fed, ECB policy & the euro, Qatar crisis, and Saudi Arabia’s NTP 2.0.
An excerpt from the article titled “Beirut: The Centre of Disruptive Innovation” is posted below: The technology and innovation ecosystem in Beirut is becoming a mini-Silicon Valley for the Middle East. There has been a spate of successful startups: Presella the “Eventbrite of the Middle East” has raised almost $400,000 so far and has rapidly expanded its user base in Middle Eastern markets; Anghami, the iTunes of the Middle East, has 33 million users; Pou, a game based on an alien pet, is currently making millions of dollars on the App Store. Moreover, LittleBits, Cinemoz and such platforms such as Ki, Zoomaal, Sohati, Feeded, Saily and Tari’ak, are gaining a regional... Read More
Following the publication of UAE’s Federal Laws on Excise Taxes and VAT, Dr. Saidi appeared on Al Arabiya TV to discuss these developments. The interview (in Arabic), telecast on 28 Aug 2017, can be viewed here.
CNN’s Global Gateway program, telecast in August 2017, features Dr. Saidi’s comments on why Dubai Needs a Global Workforce, elaborating on the role of human capital in Dubai’s economic development, women in the workforce and more. Click here to watch Part 1 Click here to watch Part 2 Click here to watch Part 3 A write-up about the episode was also posted by dubaicityguide.
Dr. Saidi’s comments on GCC’s currency peg are highlighted below: “The implementation of monetary normalization [interest rate rises from record low levels] by the Fed means a rising path of interest rates and monetary tightening. With a strict peg, this means that the GCC countries will also have to raise interest rates. This conflicts with the need for the GCC to conduct a counter-cyclical policy including monetary loosening and lower interest rates in order to adjust to the ‘new oil normal’ and low oil prices,” Nasser Saidi president of Dubai-based economic consultancy Nasser Saidi & Associates, tells MEES. “The GCC needs to pursue independent exchange rate and monetary policies directed... Read More