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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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

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

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

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?

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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