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Asian Development Bank president looks forwards on 50th anniversary

April 3, 2017

As the Asian Development Bank celebrates its 50th anniversary, president Takehiko Nakao talks to Stefania Palma about the organisation’s achievements, future objectives and approach to the effects of geopolitical risk on the region.

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Armenia PM targets public-friendly reform

January 3, 2017

Armenian prime minister Karen Karapetyan wants his government to create an environment that welcomes creative and entrepreneurial minds. But, as he tells Courtney Fingar, he is also determined to ensure that the country’s population is on board with whatever changes lie ahead.

Samoan PM looks to boost country's financial centre and air traffic

January 1, 2017

Samoan prime minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Neioti Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi talks to Brian Caplen about how the country has tackled money laundering concerns, pressures for the financial centre to keep up to date, and why it might be time for the national airline to go it alone again.

Carlos Fernandez Valdovinos

Paraguay central bank governor: a steady hand in a turbulent region

August 1, 2016

After eight successive years of fiscal surplus, the governor of Paraguay’s central bank, Carlos Fernández Valdovinos, explains to Silvia Pavoni how the country has managed to remain immune to the financial instability experienced in its Latin American neighbours. 

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Bolivia’s economy minister pledges to industrialise economy

July 1, 2016

Luis Alberto Arce, Bolivia’s economy minister, tells Jane Monahan how the country's government is attempting to diversify its economy away from its dependence on raw materials. 

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Belgium deputy PM seeks to tackle tax and pensions issues

July 1, 2016

Kris Peeters, Belgium’s deputy prime minister and minister of economy and employment, tells Courtney Fingar that the country's government is tackling crucial reforms to company tax and pensions.

Alfonso Prat-Gay

Argentina's minister of economy relishes return to international stage

June 1, 2016

Argentina’s minister of economy and public finance, Alfonso Prat-Gay, talks to Silvia Pavoni about mending fences between his country and the international economic community, and how he plans to lower its poverty levels.

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Sri Lanka finance minister bemoans hurdles hindering clean-up job

June 1, 2016

Sri Lanka's new finance minister, Ravi Karunanayake, tells Stefania Palma that his attempts to improve the country's economic fundamentals are being hampered by legacies from the previous government, an unco-operative IMF and an international wall of silence when it comes to corruption investigations.

Cesar Purisima

Reforms built to last: Cesar Purisima looks to leave Philippines legacy

May 2, 2016

The Philippines has grown to have some of the strongest economic fundamentals in south-east Asia, thanks in no small part to the economic policies rolled out by finance secretary Cesar Purisima over the past six years. He talks to Stefania Palma.

Amando Tetangco

Philippines CBG at ease in midst of emerging market volatility

April 29, 2016

The Philippines has weathered the emerging markets storm that began in 2015 relatively well, meaning that its central bank has not needed to follow global trends and ease monetary policy. How has central bank governor Amando Tetangco achieved this? Stefania Palma finds out.

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