Gottfried Leibbrandt

Swift CEO sees further opportunities in Asia and Africa

In advance of Sibos 2015 in Singapore, Swift chief executive Gottfried Leibbrandt talks to Brian Caplen about progress in payments and the society's developments in Asian and African markets.


South Korea's capital markets advance with caution

South Korea’s booming capital markets and robust legislation show that the Asian crisis of 1997 had some beneficial long-term effects, which even neighbouring China’s recent wobbles cannot derail.

Good, but could be great: wealth management in South Korea

South Korea has a large and vibrant wealth management sector, but it has yet to reach its full potential. Michael Imeson speaks to industry experts to assess how the country and its domestic financial institutions can bridge the gap between them and their Asia-Pacific peers.


Has the renminbi's internationalisation rise been thrown off course?

The renminbi is now the world's fifth most popular international payment currency, and has the fourth placed Japanese yen in its sights. Financial policy reform and the introduction of new clearing centres have been crucial to this rise, but will the troubles the Chinese economy has experienced in the past few months derail its progress?


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.


The EC's capital market union is vital for growth

Venture capital for small businesses, long-term investors for infrastructure and new funding channels for banks will be the priorities for the next stage of the European Commission's capital markets union plans, says European commissioner Jonathan Hill.


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. 


The fiscal route to a fairer Egypt

Egypt's recovery from a period of economic, social and political upheaval is now well under way and, says minister of finance Hany Kadry Dimian, a new fiscal policy is playing a key role within this comeback, while also ensuring that all sections of society feel its benefits.


Resilient Qatar looks to further economic diversification

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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