Feb/March 2009 Edition: This Edition covers our 5th Annual DS100 ranking of the Top 100 Companies of the Muslim world that continues to benchmark the corporate environment of the 57 OIC (Organization of Islamic Conference) member countries.
This year’s ranking, which covered financials amidst early stages of the current global recession (end-of-year 2007 data), showed an expected decrease in growth of the construction, energy, and diversified sector companies. However, areas of opportunities were also highlighted as basic materials manufacturing, and agriculture/food companies grew faster than the year before.
From the DS100 companies, we present an analysis of the Telecom sector companies, as well as a look at Malaysian UMW's recent Re-branding and Indonesian Astra Internationals strategy to respond to the global economic downturn. Turkey has the biggest represented companies on the DS100, and we look at Turkey's increasing economic shift towards East.
Expert Contributor, Dr. Athar Osama gives his perspective on Dubai 2.0 - Towards an Innovation Economy in Challenging Times.
Meanwhile expert contributor, Mr. Riaz Haq, looks at the advances made my the Defence private sector
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