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Conduct enforcement: don’t shoot the messenger

A tougher regulatory approach to individual responsibility for anti-money laundering controls could put compliance professionals in a difficult dilemma if they do not have the support of their senior executives.

Ram Sharan Mahat

Nepal's finance minister lays out recovery plan

Only one week after the first earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015, Ram Sharan Mahat, the country’s finance minister, met Stefania Palma to discuss the government's plan to meet Nepal's enormous reconstruction and rehabilitation needs.

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CEE caught between eurozone bulls and Russian bears

Countries in central and eastern Europe are being split in terms of their economic outlook, with Russia in deep recession but other countries benefiting from the low oil price. 

Boosting business, African style

Regional payments systems will help bolster Africa's developing financial infrastructure.  

Brian Caplen

Getting off the interest rate roller coaster

Central bankers have been battling with interest rates since the crisis, making the management of capital even more difficult for bankers. The answer, according to a recent report by Citi economists, could be to abolish currency, and use alternative stores of value.

The UK general election: what now for the EU and Scotland?

With the Conservatives springing a surprise victory in the UK general election, eyes turn towards the coming EU in-out referendum in 2017, as well as renewed calls for Scottish independence.

The UK bank levy: a step too far?

The introduction of a bank levy in the UK is not only unfair it is also unlikely to achieve its intended purpose. 

Bracken

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: China’s superpower vehicle or a harmonious Asian programme?

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has the potential to reallocate both Chinese and Western savings into projects that will boost the global economy and satisfy China's aspirations for a leadership role.

Belarus central bank chairman seeks more stable times

The chairman of the board of the National Bank of Belarus, Pavel Kallaur, tells Courtney Fingar about his plans to stabilise the country's currency, as well as keep inflation under control while bringing down interest rates.

Nigeria's election calm: good news for Africa?

The smooth transition of power in Nigeria bodes well for better governance across the continent.

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