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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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.