Hong Kong economy cools as trade tension mounts

Hong Kong’s economy expanded by 2.9 percent over a year earlier, down from the previous quarter’s 3.5 percent. (AFP)
Updated 16 November 2018
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Hong Kong economy cools as trade tension mounts

HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s economic growth slowed in the latest quarter and the government warned it could face headwinds from US-Chinese trade tension and higher interest rates.
Government data Friday showed the Chinese territory’s economy expanded by 2.9 percent over a year earlier, down from the previous quarter’s 3.5 percent.
Exports rose 5 percent over a year earlier, but the government said the impact of trade tension and weaker global demand “has begun to surface” and is “likely to become more apparent in the near-term.”
The government said Hong Kong also faces a drag from higher interest rates. The Hong Kong dollar has a fixed exchange rate with the US dollar, which requires the central bank to raise interest rates along with the US Federal Reserve even though economic growth is slowing.


UAE’s Central Bank reshuffles board of directors

Updated 17 December 2018
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UAE’s Central Bank reshuffles board of directors

DUBAI: The UAE Central Bank’s board of directors has been reshuffled under a decree by President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, according to the state news agency WAM.
Central Bank Gov. Mubarak Rashed Khamis Al-Mansoori has been reappointed for the next four years, the agency said.
Other members of the board reappointed for the next four years include Hareb Masoud Hamad Al-Darmaki as chairman; Abdulrahman Saleh Al-Saleh as vice chairman; and Younis Hajji Al-Khoori, Khalid Mohammed Salem Balama, Khalid Ahmed Altayer and Ali Mohammed Bakheet Al-Rumaithi.
The central bank said in a statement it had been working with the bank and the government of Sharjah to develop a plan to strengthen the lender’s capital base.
The UAE central bank said it would “support Invest Bank with all the available liquidity facilities, which remain at Invest Bank’s disposal; if, and when, needed.”