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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The article titled “Blockchain and cryptocurrencies herald the demise of traditional banking”, appeared in The National’s print edition on 18th Oct, 2017 and is posted below. Click here to access the original article. Blockchain and cryptocurrencies herald the demise of traditional banking The UAE is leading the way in its embrace of blockchain and other fintech innovations The banking world – including central banks and regulators — is being massively disrupted by new technologies: artificial intelligence and machine learning, blockchain, fintech and cryptocurrencies. Blockchain can enable financial and other transactions to happen in seconds, not days, and drastically reduce infrastructure costs. It is an encrypted, secure protocol for creating trust between contracting or transacting parties... Read More
In the Oct 8, 2017 edition of Bloomberg Markets Middle East, Dr. Nasser Saidi speaks to Yousef Gamal El-Din and Tracy Alloway [from 17:25 in the video below] on topics ranging from Saudi Arabia’s reforms and growth, nominees for the US Fed chair, proposed tax reform in the US and also policy rates divergence in the advanced versus emerging markets. Watch the interview below. The original link to the interview: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2017-10-11/full-show-bloomberg-markets-middle-east-10-08-video
The article titled “Empowering Saudi women can bring huge economic benefit”, appeared in The National’s print edition on 4th Oct, 2017 and is posted below. Click here to access the original article. Saudi Arabia’s historic decision to allow women to drive is a watershed moment in the kingdom’s history as it presses on with its reform agenda. It signals a clear determination and political will to undertake deep socio-cultural reforms and overcome conservative forces, including the clerical establishment, which have dominated everyday life in the kingdom and prevented the modernisation of economy and society. The liberalisation of women is a key plank of the modernisation objectives set out in the ambitious... Read More
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