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The Middle East Point of View issue #3

  

Education and talent - How does MENA score?
Omar Fahoum

There is nothing new about the inextricable link between education and talent for success in today's business environment. What is new is that never has there been more of an emphasis on talent, with all that the word embodies and never has the resource pool in the region been faced with as many challenges as it faces today.

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Wanted: a national labor force - Labor policies and youth unemployment in the Gulf region
Rashid Bashir

Delivering a skilled national workforce is one of the most critical challenges facing the GCC countries from an economic security and a social inclusion perspective. this article will address root causes for what is called "structural unemployment" and mitigation policies and measures that could help governments reverse the equation.

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Geared to exploit opportunities - Emerging trends in Oman's oil industry
Alfred Strolla

World GDPs are set to normalize in the next few years and Oman's oil industry is set for continual growth.

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Strategy execution challenges - A behavioral approach
Nader Srouji

It goes without saying that the excellent execution of business strategy is a vital element for the success of any business. But very few businesses, in the Middle East especially, can proclaim a solid, long-term business strategy, let alone the successful execution of one.

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The faceless threat - A Deloitte survey
Tariq Ajmal

On the state of information security in the global financial services industry and perspectives from the Middle East.

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The Chief Risk Officer: your business ally
Lauren Brown

As enterprise Risk Management increasingly becomes a regulatory requirement within the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and the wider Middle East region, we take a look at the merits of the Chief Risk Officer and the requirements for their success.

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It takes two - PPP in infrastructure in the Middle East
Rizwan Shah

Infrastructure development, as has been demonstrated in other parts of the globe, is crucial in meeting a region's social challenges. However, infrastructure investment in the GCC has not kept pace with the region's rapid economic and population growth. Unless infrastructure spending surpasses other planned investment. GCC countries will be unable to effectively meet their economic growth targets.

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The battle for brands in a world of private labels
Pat Conroy

Many consumers increasingly sense a diminishing discrepancy between the quality of national brands and their private label counterparts as retailers sharpen their focus on store brands and garner loyalty, and consumer product companies cede connections to retailers and increasingly knowledgeable customers.

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Seeing the big picture
Nada Haddad

Communication has come a long way since the first letters of the alphabet. What about the Middle East region? Where are we in terms of corporate communication in general?

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Paying a heavy price: the economics of cancer
HRH Princess Dina Mired of Jordan

Point of View recently interviewed HRH Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, Director General of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation, a global cancer advocate and Honorary Co-President of Harvard University's global Task Force for Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in the Developing World, for an insightful look into cancer, both globally and in the Middle East region.

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