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Pandemic puts pressure on Gulf States sovereign wealth funds

Pandemic puts pressure on Gulf States sovereign wealth funds

Sovereign wealth funds in the Gulf countries are facing unprecedented challenges due to the rise of deficit and pressure to increase financial obligations to their public budgets. The drop in crude oil prices, caused by the pandemic last year, forced Gulf countries to increase their borrowing and thereby withdraw from their sovereign wealth funds.
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Azerbaijan to spend $59 billion to rehabilitate territories, but development also requires peace

Azerbaijan to spend $59 billion to rehabilitate territories, but development also requires peace

Azerbaijan plans to spend up to $59 billion over the next ten years to rehabilitate the territories it has recently taken back after being for decades under Armenian control. It is a huge sum even for an oil rich country, but for President Ilham Aliyev developing the new territories now has become the primary mission of his presidency.

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Sheikh Tamim goes on a shopping spree in Turkey, acquiring 10% of the Turkish Stock Exchange, and other assets

Sheikh Tamim goes on a shopping spree in Turkey, acquiring 10% of the Turkish Stock Exchange, and other assets

Memorandums of Understanding about the transfer of shares were signed on Thursday (26 November) during the visit of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani to Ankara to participate in the 6th meeting of the Qatar-Turkey High Strategic Council
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Saudi Arabia clamps down on corruption

Saudi Arabia clamps down on corruption

Saudi Arabia is continuing its clampdown on corruption within its bureaucracy, particularly in the defence sector, launching more than 150 new criminal cases after investigations by its Control and Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha).