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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. 

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.

David H Autor

Polanyi’s paradox and the shape of employment growth

Are robots going to render the human worker obsolete? These claims are inaccurate and misleading, says MIT economics professor David H Autor, as the role of the computer will typically be to complement, not compete with, the human touch.

James A Robinson

A world of failures? The inclusive route to prosperity

'Failure' has been a common theme of the introspective assessments made in the banking sector and of economies more generally since the onset of the global financial crisis. The authors of Why Nations Fail examine the differences between those countries that sink and those that swim.

Takehiko Nakao

Liveable, clean, green and resilient: reshaping Asia’s booming cities

Better urban planning, being cleaner, greener and more resilient, and sourcing more innovative financing are needed if Asia's cities are to cope with and benefit from a rapid phase of urbanisation, says the Asian Development Bank president Takehiko Nakao.

Pier Carlo Padoan

Viewpoint: Italian Minister of Economy and Finance

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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Bringing Jamaica back from the brink

Jamaica’s minister of finance Peter Phillips is working with the International Monetary Fund to implement reforms and stimulate economic growth in the Caribbean country.

Anson Chan

Why Hong Kong must fight for its democratic rights

Former chief secretary of Hong Kong, Anson Chan, tells Stefania Palma about the difficulties facing pan-democratic parties in Hong Kong, and defends the city-state's political protesters, saying that universal suffrage is long overdue.

Haruhiko Kuroda

The job of reforming Japan's labour market

Japan's unemployment rate may be shrinking but behind this headline figure lurks problems such as low labour mobility and excessive reliance on part-time employment. These are deep-rooted issues that new government initiatives are trying to flush out.

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