Gulf Region Economies Opening Slowly

On September 30, 2015 · 0 Comments

greThe opening up of Gulf economies promises a range of new financing opportunities, and even some potentially hectic merger activity as Gulf Co-operation Council banks prime themselves to survive in a more competitive environment.

An opening to private investment in key sectors of the Saudi Arabian economy is exciting considerable interest across the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) region. Speculation that investment in the Saudi gas sector could require some $25bn in the next few years alone is just the sort of talk Gulf bankers and their international rivals and associates like to hear.

Opening up the world’s biggest oil exporter could have considerable impact on Bahrain, whose financial services sector, just across the causeway from Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, houses nearly 200 financial institutions with a $100bn-plus consolidated balance sheet — a significant part of which is sourced from Saudi Arabia.

But the impact of any real Saudi opening will be felt across the wider Gulf region, where project financing, new Islamic products and other instruments are fast becoming commonplace in one of the world’s most conservative …

Use Help Desk Software To Save Time

On September 26, 2015 · 0 Comments

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Who would not want to use the best help desk software if it can save time? Every manufacturer is aware of the importance of time and how much of it needs to be saved if they want to become the most productive in the Industry. If they can use software that will relieve the much needed manpower towards another department, then that is what they will prefer. It is all about maximizing productivity. We know for a fact that labour is cost intensive. One cannot take shortcuts where employees are concerned. If a department needs a certain number of staff in order to handle all the business needs, the company is going to hire that number.

However, if we can use help desk software thereby freeing up some of the staff, we may be able to put the said staff to better use in another department. Companies are always on the lookout for a solution that will enable them to utilize manpower to its maximum potential. Most companies in a variety of domains have started using help …

Clean Air, Water, Never Really Costs Jobs

On October 6, 2014 · 0 Comments

cawnrcWhen Congress passed the Clean Air Act in 1990, the lobbying group the Business Roundtable predicted catastrophe in the workplace, with 200,000 to 2 million workers laid off. In the Pacific Northwest, 20,000 loggers lost their jobs between 1990 and 1992, and the forestry industry forecasts that 100,000 jobs in all will be slashed due to logging restrictions. Four years ago, Amoco closed down its oil refinery in Casper, Wyoming, citing a $150 million investment needed for environmental projects as a major contributor to its financial woes. The shutdown left more than 200 workers unemployed.

Stories like these, of workers losing their livelihoods to protect a small brown-and-white owl or to fulfill some faceless bureaucrat’s alleged regulatory whimsy, pit jobs versus the environment in a trade-off with enormous stakes. In fact, a third of those responding to a 1990 Wall Street Journal poll thought it likely or somewhat likely that their own jobs were threatened by environmental regulation. The loss of over 3 million blue-collar jobs during the last 15 years has been blamed on environmental regulation, …

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