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Russian insurance market lags behind digitalisation trend
36% of Russians in 2019 are unaware that online insurance is an option 02 Sep
Massive valuations of tech firms in EMs may lead to spate of IPOs in near future
With the record amounts of venture capital and private equity funding flowing into start-ups and the resulting sky-high valuations, the rate of market value creation has soared  22 Aug
July's Top Deals per region
July 2019 - the top M&A deals for Emerging Asia, Latin America & the Caribbean, Middle East & Africa and Europe. 21 Aug
Slovenia’s insurance market grows 6.5% y/y in 2018 - regulator
Slovenia's insurance market generated a cumulative net profit of EUR 132.7mn in 2018 31 Jul

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Allianz to buy part of SulAmerica’s business for USD 743mn
The acquisition will expand the German insurer’s presence in Brazil’s auto insurance to 15% 02 Sep
Malaysia’s RHB Bank to sell general insurance arm to Tokio Marine Asia by Q1 2020
The central bank of Malaysia has granted permission for initiation talks, but a deal would require further approval from c-bank and the finance ministry 02 Sep
Hong Kong’s FWD Group snaps up Thailand’s fifth largest insurer in top SE Asia insurance deal
Thai lender Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) agrees to sell its life insurance arm to Hong Kong-based insurer FWD Group for over USD 3bn 22 Aug
Moody's downgrades outlook on 13 Argentine insurers
The move was triggered by a potential fallout from economic policy uncertainty 06 Aug

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Saving accounts in UAE banks total USD 45.1bn at end-July
Local currency saving accounts have bigger 60% share 13 Sep
Number of smartphone users in Hungary increases to 5.3mn in 2019
Samsung tops market with 34% share 12 Sep
Uganda’s external trade gap increases 39% y/y in July
Imports jumps 21.9%, exports up by 11.9% in the month 12 Sep
Oman creates new govt unit to regulate e-commerce
Department also aims to protect clients against fraud 11 Sep

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Mexico’s industrial activity down 1.7% y/y in July
Construction and mining output dropped 8.4% y/y and 7.5% y/y respectively 12 Sep
Brazil’s retail sales stronger than expected in July
Sector’s growth was driven by higher employment and better credit conditions 12 Sep
Chinese companies interested in Mexico’s automotive industry
Their investments would focus on the development and production of electric cars, AMLO says 11 Sep
Thailand aims to legalise ride-hailing services by Mar 2020
Bangkok has drafted guidelines to regulate sector companies 11 Sep

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Czech carmaker Skoda reports 4.1% drop in global deliveries in August
Falling sales in main market China drag on overall performance 13 Sep
Dubai’s Emirates NBD aims to expand foreign ownership limit to 40%
Move in line with UAE’s ambition to attract intl investors 04 Sep
Turkey’s HDI Sigorta completes purchase of Ergo
HDI aims to become one of country’s top five insurance companies 03 Sep
Kuwait Airways aims to boost fleet
Group expects to carry 5m passengers this year 03 Sep