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Bahrain targets 35% SME contribution to GDP by 2018

Small and medium enterprises have become important revenue drivers and job creators for the kingdom, a government official said.

Sukuk to boost GCC-Africa trade

Gulf firms interested in agriculture, infrastructure and finance in Sub Saharan Africa.

Arab growth hit by rise of Islamic State

The war with Islamic State is costing Arab economies around USD 1 trillion.

INTERVIEW-Iraq to issue intl bonds in August

Iraq’s budget deficit has risen to around 12% of GDP, said a central bank official.

Egypt's budget challenge

Egypt’s external financing needs remain large and new capital inflows will come in gradually.

Iraq to slash investment spending

The government has put some projects on the back burner due to the downturn in oil prices.