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Regional Boom Continues

An article in the April 2006 issue of the ICF Newsletter focused on the cable industry and market drivers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The outlook at that time for most countries in the region was very positive. Over the last two years cable market growth for most countries within MENA has been very strong, as investment in the region has continued to grow, so it is timely to review developments in MENA's cable industry and markets once again.


Expansion of Cross-Border Interests

The previous article looked at the wire and cable industry in MENA on a country-by-country basis and also discussed the impact of the auto harness industry on some countries of the region. In addition to providing current information on the key economic indicators for the countries of the region, this article provides an update on developments in the cable industry within MENA, focusing in particular on the expansion of cross-border interests. Regional developments in the telecom sector are analysed in more detail.