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Chrystalla Georghadji

Cyprus reborn: CBG looks to a bright banking future

Restructured and recapitalised, the Cypriot banking sector has emerged from its recent crisis more resilient and far more stable, according to the country's central bank governor, Chrystalla Georghadji.

Set Aung

Myanmar's fast track to financial fruition

Much progress has already been made in Myanmar's financial markets since the country's liberalisation in 2011, and now it is on the brink of refining its banking laws and establishing the Yangon Stock Exchange.

Thai banks look to their neighbours for growth

Thai banks look to their neighbours for growth

Cross-border expansion has become a key source of growth for many of Thailand's banks, which are well positioned to take advantage of opportunities in neighbouring Myanmar and Laos, both of which are at the start of what is expected to be a huge banking growth curve. 

Mihály Varga

Hungary's minister of economy taking tentative steps towards economic stability

Hungary has enjoyed stronger economic growth than many of its European neighbours in recent years, but the country's minister of economy is wary of taking this success for granted, insisting that the country's long-term outlook hinges on a number of external factors, from the recovery of the eurozone to a resolution of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Saudi Arabia maintains its momentum

Saudi Arabia maintains its momentum

Events such as the death of a long-standing ruler or plummeting prices of a key export would have led to social and economic upheaval in many countries, yet Saudi Arabia has managed both with an impressive ease.

Saudi Arabia outside of the oil

How Saudi Arabia's non-oil private sector is fuelling growth

The non-oil private sector is playing an ever-expanding role in the growth of Saudi Arabia's economy. However, will it be able to help tackle the country's high unemployment ratio and low home ownership rates? James King reports.

Saudi banks defy oil pressure to stay on growth path

Saudi banks defy oil pressure to stay on growth path

The impact of low oil prices on Saudi Arabia's banks in 2014 was negligible, as they posted stellar figures. And the sector looks to be in a good position to continue to thrive, says james, King, a testimony to its prudent management.

Portuguese banks weather the storm

Portuguese banks weather the storm

Portugal’s banks may be battling an economic downturn and the after-effects of the Banco Espírito Santo collapse, but they are still preparing for a return to profitability. 

Gulf country enters a new phase of economic growth

Kuwait ignited: Gulf country enters a new phase of economic growth

Hit hard by the global financial crisis and a stagnant domestic political scene, Kuwait is now emerging as a stable, pro-business destination with a buoyant private sector and an economy moving away from its reliance on oil, as James King discovers.

Indonesia and Philippines make headway

Top 100 Asean banks ranking, 2015: Indonesia and Philippines make headway

There might not be much movement among the top positions in this year’s Top 100 Association of South-East Asian Nations Banks ranking, but Filipino lenders are on the rise, while Indonesia’s banks boast the highest returns. 

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