A British Banker in the Arab World: The Memoirs of Clive R. Morgan, O.B.E., F.C.I.B., F.R.S.A.

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AuthorHouse, Nov 28, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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Contents

The Beginning 1960
1
Bombay Mumbai India 19601961
5
Alkhobar Saudi Arabia 19611963
17
Aden 19631964
35
Kuwait 19641966
48
Sharjah Trucial States 19661969
57
Jeddah Saudi Arabia 19701971
78
The Middle East Centre for Arab Studies MECAS Shemlan Lebanon 19711972
94
Beirut Lebanon 19721975
113
Dammam and Alkhobar The Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia 19751981
134
Hong Kong 19811983
161
Amman Jordan 19831986
179
Riyadh Saudi Arabia Hong Kong 19861989
196
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Clive Morgan, who was educated at Torquay Boys Grammar School, joined the HongKong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) in 1960 at the age of 24, after a two year period of National Service in the Royal Artillery. He spent the next three decades as an International Executive with HSBC’s wholly owned subsidiary, the British Bank of the Middle East (BBME). During his career as a banker he has lived and worked and travelled in most of the countries of the Arab World, as well as in India and HongKong, and he has witnessed the vast economic and social changes which were taking place in the Middle East. It is difficult for most people who visit the Middle East today, and who see the cities of Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Gulf, with their modern infrastructures, air conditioned airports and multi-storied buildings, sophisticated financial markets and communication systems, to imagine what life was like in the region 50 years ago. What are now large modern population centres were then, before the development of the region’s vast oil resources, little more than small villages, dependent on fishing, date cultivation and trade across the Gulf to and from Iran and India. The old Arab World which existed in 1960 has disappeared forever, and the author counts himself fortunate to have witnessed, during the course of his career, the transformation of this part of the Middle East into the modern economic powerhouse that it is today. This book attempts to describe the ‘conditions on the ground ‘ during this period of transition and to illustrate some of the challenges which the practicing banker had to meet and overcome, often on a daily basis, during the course of a demanding career.

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