iloubnan.info : Lebanon's information portal http://www.iloubnan.info/en/rssactu International http://www.iloubnan.info/ iloubnan.info http://www.iloubnan.info/ http://www.iloubnan.info/img/blacklogo.png 194 39 iloubnan.info Kafalat loan guarantees down 26% in first half of 2015 http://www.iloubnan.info/business/86935/Kafalat-loan-guarantees-down-26percent-in-first-half-of-2015 Figures released by the Kafalat Corporation show that loans extended to small- and medium-size companies under the guarantee of Kafalat reached $41.9m in the first half of 2015, constituting a decline of 25.9% from $56.5m in the same http://www.iloubnan.info/business/86935/Kafalat-loan-guarantees-down-26percent-in-first-half-of-2015 RAMCO reveals sales prices of apartments under construction in Beirut http://www.iloubnan.info/business/86745/RAMCO-reveals-sales-prices-of-apartments-under-construction-in-Beirut Real estate advisory firm RAMCO reveals that the average sales prices of apartments under construction in different neighborhoods of Beirut vary between USD 2,088 and USD 7,000 per SQM. http://www.iloubnan.info/business/86745/RAMCO-reveals-sales-prices-of-apartments-under-construction-in-Beirut Lebanon central Bank's foreign assets up 3% in first half of 2015 http://www.iloubnan.info/business/86675/Lebanon-central-Banks-foreign-assets-up-3percent-in-first-half-of-2015 The Central Bank's interim balance sheet reached $90.7bn at the end of June 2015, constituting increases of 5.8% from $85.7bn at the end of 2014 and of 9.6% from $82.7bn at the end of June 2014, Byblos Bank ‘Lebanon This http://www.iloubnan.info/business/86675/Lebanon-central-Banks-foreign-assets-up-3percent-in-first-half-of-2015 Lebanon net public debt at $59bn at end-May 2015 http://www.iloubnan.info/business/86676/Lebanon-net-public-debt-at-59bn-at-end-May-2015 Lebanon's gross public debt reached $69.4bn at the end of May 2015, constituting an increase of 4.2% from the end of 2014 and a rise of 6.6% from $65.1bn at end-May 2014, Byblos Bank ‘Lebanon This Week’ reported. Domestic http://www.iloubnan.info/business/86676/Lebanon-net-public-debt-at-59bn-at-end-May-2015 Middle East's oil demand at 10 million b/d by 2024 http://www.iloubnan.info/business/86530/Middle-Easts-oil-demand-at-10-million-bd-by-2024 The Middle East region's crude oil production is forecast to grow by 14.7% from an average of 27.4 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2014 to 31.5 million b/d by 2024, Byblos Bank ‘Country Risk Weekly Bulletin’ reported. Middle http://www.iloubnan.info/business/86530/Middle-Easts-oil-demand-at-10-million-bd-by-2024 Equity markets up 1.5% in first half of 2015 in MENA region http://www.iloubnan.info/business/86529/Equity-markets-up-15percent-in-first-half-of-2015-in-MENA-region Arab stock markets increased by 1.5% and GCC markets rose by 3.6% in the first half of 2015 compared to increases of 8.2% in both markets in the same half of 2014. Arab and GCC stock markets regressed by 2.9% and 3.7%, respectively, http://www.iloubnan.info/business/86529/Equity-markets-up-15percent-in-first-half-of-2015-in-MENA-region Telecommunications Ministry announces digital telecom strategy http://www.iloubnan.info/business/86506/Telecommunications-Ministry-announces-digital-telecom-strategy The Ministry of Telecommunications (MoT) launched on July 1, 2015 the ''Lebanon 2020 Digital Telecom Vision'' project that aims to develop Lebanon's telecom infrastructure, Byblos Bank ‘Lebanon This Week’ http://www.iloubnan.info/business/86506/Telecommunications-Ministry-announces-digital-telecom-strategy Coincident Indicator down 1% year-on-year in first four months of 2015 http://www.iloubnan.info/business/86494/Coincident-Indicator-down-1percent-year-on-year-in-first-four-months-of-2015 The Central Bank's Coincident Indicator, an index of economic activity in Lebanon, reached 288.2 points in April 2015 compared to 279.7 in March 2015 and 285.1 in April 2014, Byblos Bank ‘Lebanon This Week’ reported. The http://www.iloubnan.info/business/86494/Coincident-Indicator-down-1percent-year-on-year-in-first-four-months-of-2015 Inauguration of the BDL Institute for Finance and Governance at the Villa Rose on ESA Campus http://www.iloubnan.info/business/86363/Inauguration-of-the-BDL-Institute-for-Finance-and-Governance-at-the-Villa-Rose-on-ESA-Campus On Thursday 25th of June 2015, the Institute for Finance and Governance was inaugurated by H.E. Riad SALAME, Banque du Liban Governor. http://www.iloubnan.info/business/86363/Inauguration-of-the-BDL-Institute-for-Finance-and-Governance-at-the-Villa-Rose-on-ESA-Campus Selection of 45 technology firms for UK Lebanon Tech Hub initiative http://www.iloubnan.info/business/86341/Selection-of-45-technology-firms-for-UK-Lebanon-Tech-Hub-initiative The Central Bank of Lebanon and the United Kingdom government through the British Embassy in Beirut announced the selection of 45 companies to undergo the first phase of the UK Lebanon Tech Hub (UKLTH) program, Byblos Bank ‘Lebanon http://www.iloubnan.info/business/86341/Selection-of-45-technology-firms-for-UK-Lebanon-Tech-Hub-initiative