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Outgoing Polish CBG urges successor to focus on stability

July 1, 2016

Poland’s outgoing central bank chief Marek Belka tells Stefanie Linhardt that maintaining banking stability will be the major issue for his replacement. 

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Using microfinance to lift China's poor to prosperity: an IFC viewpoint

July 1, 2016

China’s microfinance sector is still developing but has strong potential to reduce poverty and support local SMEs. What are the challenges and opportunities for microfinance institutions in the country? The International Finance Corporation’s country manager for China, South Korea and Mongolia, Simon Andrews, explains.

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Gina Miller: the UK is stronger and safer in the EU

May 31, 2016

Gina Miller, the founder of SCMDirect.com and True and Fair Foundation, says that while there are issues that need to be resolved within the EU, the UK will not escape these problems by leaving the union. 

New prime minister looks to get Jamaica working

May 23, 2016

In his first major international interview since he was sworn in as prime minister on March 3, Jamaican prime minister Andrew Holness tells Courtney Fingar about his economic strategy for the next few years, including tax reform and preparation for the opening-up of Cuba.

Slovenia's finance minister looks to keep the good news coming

April 25, 2016

Slovenia's minister of finance, Dušan Mramor, tells Stefanie Linhardt how he is overseeing the reduction of its budget deficit, economic growth, rising employment and a burgeoning privatisation programme.

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A risk shared: why Islamic finance is a safer option

April 1, 2016

Islamic finance's approach to risk sharing makes it less speculative and more disciplined than its conventional counterpart. However, says Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al Madani, the president of the Islamic Development Bank, if the industry is to reach its full potential, more collaboration and innovation is needed.

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A more positive picture for Greece and its banks

January 25, 2016

There is a real chance that the Greek economy could recover significantly in 2016 following the successful recapitalisation of its main banks late last year, but first the country must take some important steps, not least regaining the trust of foreign investors, according to John (Iannis) Mourmouras, the senior deputy governor of the Bank of Greece.

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Andreas Dombret's four principles of good banking conduct

January 4, 2016

Banks have seen their reputations plummet in the years since the onset of the financial crisis, and regaining the public's trust is of paramount importance. By instilling a code of conduct – and including four principles of good conduct within that – financial institutions can start on that journey.

Understanding the past to safeguard the future

Understanding the past to safeguard the future

January 4, 2016

The resolution of the financial markets will be tested again and again in the years to come. To ensure that confidence remains high and growth is sustained, it is vital that those within the industry fully understand the changes that have happened since the onset of the financial crisis, writes Bank of England deputy governor Minouche Shafik. 

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Indonesian FM enjoys a promising present and an exciting future

January 4, 2016

Indonesia's minister of finance discusses the country's efforts to achieve a sustainable growth path. Budget reforms and fiscal stimulus have already been pushed through. But to tackle the question of poor infrastructure, the government needs more than increased investment.

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