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First National Bank modernises digital banking with Ubanquity

Ireland-based Ubanquity

Ireland-based Ubanquity Systems has signed First National Bank (FNB) in Lebanon for its digital banking software. It will “integrate wonderfully” with the bank’s existing systems, the vendor says.

The rise of ‘halal hubs’ represents an Islamic finance opportunity

Blake Goud is Islamic finance community leader at Thomson Reuters

An interesting trend is developing in the halal sector: regional hubs are developing in places that have some local demand but not the size that would be significant markets on their own. Think of Malaysia (the largest) or Dubai or tiny Brunei. Each sees the halal sector as being strategic to their economic growth, and for Dubai and Brunei at least, as key aspects of their economic diversification. This trend has the potential to support global growth in the Islamic economy as well as SME development but need a lot of (costly) infrastructure put in place to open up the international side to SMEs

Carriers sink Asia-Middle East-Africa-Europe cable


Hong Kong-based carrier services firm PCCW Global has banded together with 16 other high profile international network operators, including China Unicom, Telecom Egypt, Etisalat and Ooredoo, to construct a high capacity submarine cable system between Asia, Africa and Europe.

Misys targets branch innovation in Middle East

Chris Weddell - Misys

Rising technological sophistication offers the chance to reinvent retail banking in the Middle East, says Chris Weddell, business solutions group director Middle East and Africa at bank software and systems vendor Misys.

National Bank of Abu Dhabi rewires banking system


The National Bank of Abu Dhabi is strengthening the resilience of its internal technology as it seeks to embrace mobile and expand its coverage beyond the United Arab Emirates.