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Why Nepal will bounce back stronger

The two earthquakes that hit Nepal in April and May 2015 were the largest natural calamity in the country in over 80 years. Finance minister Ram Sharan Mahat describes how the country is recovering, and explains why the Nepal that rises from the rubble will be stronger than ever.


US-Cuban relations: progress, challenges and surprises

The announcement in December 2014 of a restoration of normal relations between Cuba and the US shocked many, and thus far very little opposition has been registered. However, this inactivity should not shroud the challenges that lie ahead for both countries, says Peter Hakim of Inter-American Dialogue.


Malaysia's great balancing act

Watching the success of its Asian counterparts acted as the catalyst for Malaysia to rethink its economy, reducing its dependence on natural resources and putting greater faith in the private sector, all while reducing government spending and keeping debt to a manageable level. The country's minister without portfolio, Idris Jala, describes the plan's progress. 

Greece: faith versus sustainability

Greece and the EU have faith that everything will work out in spite of the country's debt being a long way from sustainable. What does all that mean for the future?

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.

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.

Suzan Sabancı Dinçer

How Turkish banks have grown from the inside out

Much of the success of the Turkish banking sector is down to the internal practices of individual lenders, says Akbank chairperson Suzan Sabancı Dinçer, which means that the sector can expect to remain resilient, even when wider economic conditions are not in its favour. 

Amando Tetangco

Philippines CBG: unconventional and effective

Amando Tetangco, the governor of the Philippines' central bank, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, talks to Stefania Palma about how in a post-financial crisis, globalised world, conventional central banking is no longer enough.

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. 

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.

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