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Resilient Qatar looks to further economic diversification

September 1, 2015

The drop in oil prices has not hit Qatar's economy particularly hard, and its central bank governor, Abdulla Bin Saoud Al-Thani, is looking to further diversification, a strong banking sector, infrastructure investment and closer ties with China to keep the country in the fast lane when it comes to economic growth.

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The long, hard road to reform: under-represented countries' patience with IMF runs thin

September 1, 2015

The IMF's quota system – which heavily favours the G7 countries – has long been deemed outdated by the BRICS countries, among others. But with any hope of immediate reform being held up in US Congress, and alternative institutions being established, the IMF's battle to remain globally relevant is under threat.

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Sierra Leone minister of foreign affairs looks to post-Ebola recovery

September 1, 2015

In 2014, the Ebola crisis and a collapse in iron ore prices shattered the steady economic improvements made by Sierra Leone in the years since its civil war ended. Its minister of foreign affairs, Dr Samura Kamara, describes how the country is recovering from these blows and is looking to a more positive future.

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Iran: open for business

September 1, 2015

The historic deal to end sanctions imposed by various Western powers upon Iran still has hurdles to clear, but already would-be investors are eyeing the country's rich potential.

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What now for development banks in central and eastern Europe?

September 1, 2015

International financial institutions remain crucial in central and eastern Europe as the fallout from the financial crisis continues to make its presence felt. But just how far should these development banks go in helping to resolve the various crises that have hit the countries of this region in recent years? 

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Ukraine finance minister plots a journey back to growth

September 1, 2015

Ukraine has experienced a devastating sequence of events in recent years, but now, thanks to the new government's reform programme, its citizens can look to a brighter future, says the country's finance minister Natalie Jaresko.

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Consolidation and stabilisation: Serbian finance minister's hopes for reforms

September 1, 2015

Serbia's economic struggles have been well documented over the past few years, with its fiscal deficit particularly worrying. The country's finance minister, Dušan Vujović, tells Stefanie Linhardt how the government's reforms are already advancing down a route he hopes will lead to full EU accession.

How integration can help tackle deflation

January 5, 2015

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.

How to extend Turkey's period of economic stability

January 5, 2015

After decades of high and volatile inflation, Turkey has enjoyed years of single-digit inflation rates. The country's central bank governor, Erdem Başçı, tells Stefanie Linhardt how continuing to lower this rate, while also increasing foreign exchange reserve buffers, are key to Turkey's continued economic well-being.

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Regulators and banks unite to fight common cyber crime threat

January 5, 2015

Regulators are playing an important role in how banks guard against cyber risks, but their emphasis is very much on guidance and co-operation rather than rules and coercion.

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