Latest articles from Mazdak Rafaty

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View from Middle East and Africa: the race to attract Chinese tourists

Countries throughout the Middle East and Africa are looking to attract growing waves of tourists from China by relaxing visa restrictions and establishing closer business ties. 

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View from Middle East and Africa: AfCFTA can deliver on economic diversity

The Middle East and Africa region is focusing on economic diversification to ensure resilience against future economic crises.

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View from Middle East & Africa: getting equipped for Industry 4.0

Educating local talent, investing in regional start-ups and financing domestic R&D facilities are crucial to the Middle East and Africa's successful Industry 4.0 strategy. 

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View from the Middle East & Africa: Brexit’s African consequences

A no-deal Brexit will be bad news for the UK’s trading partners in Africa, writes Mazdak Rafaty.

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View from the Middle East & Africa: SDGs could help developing countries

The UN Sustainable Development Goals could drive improvements in developing countries seeking investment.

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View from Middle East & Africa: Start-ups show true value of technology

Africa's tech companies are solving everyday problems to improve the lot of the continent's citizens.

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View from the Middle East and Africa: the transformative power of fintech

Fintech holds massive potential for its ability to shake up establish systems, none more so than in Africa, where it is bringing many of the unbanked in from the cold, says Mazdak Rafaty.

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From Locations

View from Middle East and Africa: Who will follow Kenya's decentralising lead?

Decentralisation is the only way to boost second-tier cities and relieve pressure on countries’ overpopulated and overstretched capital mega-cities, says Mazdak Rafaty.

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View from the Middle East and Africa: What future will AI bring?

The Middle East and Africa region needs to create the right environment to benefit from new technology such as artificial intelligence, writes Mazdak Rafaty.

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View from the Middle East and Africa: GCC real estate sector awaits effect of VAT

The rollout of VAT in Gulf Co-operation Council countries is subduing real estate in the region, as Mazdak Rafaty reports.

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