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Ashraf Salman

Reform agenda marks start of a new era for Egypt

The election of a new government has helped turn around Egypt's economic fortunes and, according to the country's minister of investment, Ashraf Salman, further reforms will see the country's investment environment become even more attractive. 


Why better models do not always lead to better decisions

Executives who live with uncertainty should resist the fallacy of arithmetic precision when making investment decisions, says Georgios Samakovitis of the University of Greenwich.

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Time for shareholders to join bankers' pay debate

Regulators are fretting over the structure of bankers' pay; shareholders should be more worried about the size of it.

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Banks need to rethink acquiring strategies

The proliferation of payment innovations being launched is only serving to confuse consumers.

Brian Caplen

ECB's quantitative easing is too little, too late

The quantitative easing package announced by the European Central Bank is unlikely to be enough to solve the problems plaguing the eurozone.

Falling oil prices are a slippery slope

While consumers are celebrating the recent fall in oil prices, the political and economic ramifications are threatening to destabilise a number of oil-producing economies.

Ring-fencing raises fresh challenges for UK banks

Ring-fencing rules in the UK are creating yet more challenges for the country's cross-border banks, which are seeing their operations further fragmented by the new rules.

Pier Carlo Padoan

How integration can help tackle deflation

With the eurozone flirting with deflation, solutions to this problem are urgently needed. One of them – the integration of markets and institutions – offers hope, according to Italy's minister of economy and finance, Pier Carlo Padoan.

Jeff Jaffe

Now is the time for web payment standards

The rise of e-commerce, and more recently digital wallets, has been a fragmented affair, meaning there is little standardisation across the e-payments industry. This is something that needs addressing, says Jeff Jaffe, CEO of the World Wide Web Consortium, and there is no time to lose.

Alternatives to project finance in Africa

Financing an infrastructure project in Africa is not for the faint-hearted, but the continent is looking for alternative ways to fill the shortfall of funding available from global banks, writes Musonda Chibwe Kapotwe of Citigroup.

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