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Petar Chobanov

Bulgaria's outgoing finance minister rallies for reform

September 1, 2014

Petar Chobanov spent little more than a year as Bulgaria's finance minister before the government resigned and he had to step down from his post. He describes the reforms that he started during his tenure and explains why it is important for the new government to continue this work.

Riad Salameh anticipates economic rebound

Lebanon's central bank governor anticipates economic rebound

May 1, 2014

Lebanon has endured a difficult few years of domestic and regional uncertainty, which have weighed heavily on its economy. But now the governor of the central bank Riad Salameh, is preparing for the prospect of renewed growth. 

Crimea stuck in financial limbo

Crimea stuck in financial limbo

May 1, 2014

The ongoing dispute over the sovereignty of the Ukrainian republic of Crimea, which is currently occupied by Russian forces, has wreaked havoc in its financial sector, with many banks pulling out of the region and depositors unable to access their funds.

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria: still on track?

April 1, 2014

Nigeria’s rapidly growing economy has increased its appeal to the world’s emerging market investors. But political tensions ahead of next year’s elections and failed reforms have exposed some glaring weaknesses.

Nigeria's credibility on the line

March 3, 2014

In Nigeria, ousted central bank governor Lamido Sanusi is under scrutiny. However, on an international level, it is the government that should be worrying about its reputation.

Latin America's economic prospects in 2014

March 3, 2014

Lower growth in Latin America and a lack of reforms in areas such as education, infrastructure and taxation are not inviting propositions, but the region still shows some areas of great promise in 2014.

Jordan defies regional unrest

Jordan's banks defy regional unrest

March 3, 2014

Political instability in the Middle East has taken a toll on Jordan’s economy, but those on the inside maintain that the country remains politically and economically stable, and open for business. 

EU effect fails to ignite Croatia

EU effect fails to ignite Croatia

March 3, 2014

EU accession was meant to bolster Croatia’s economic prospects, but it is yet to have a positive effect on the country's flagging economy. Meanwhile, its banks are facing poor asset quality and a difficult operating environment.

German coalition

German coalition tensions over banking union

March 3, 2014

The new 'grand coalition' of conservatives and socialists in Germany may have a huge majority in the Bundestag, but there are already disagreements over the extent of national powers in the functioning of the eurozone banking union.

Fai-nan Perng

Why great power demands great responsibility

January 2, 2014

Advanced economies such as the US and the eurozone enjoy enormous privilege as issuers of international currencies, says Taiwan’s central bank governor. This power needs to be tempered with a responsibility to promote economic stability on a global scale. 

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