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Qatar pursues its non-oil goal

June 1, 2017

Qatar’s economy is already feeling the benefits from being crowned host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Can the country’s non-hydrocarbon growth assist in maintaining the upward trajectory? Kit Gillet reports.

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Central bank governor steers Qatar through narrower straits

June 1, 2017

Qatar Central Bank governor Sheikh Abdulla Bin Saoud Al-Thani believes good management has afforded the country's banking sector some protection in a challenging economic environment. Kit Gillet reports.

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Tripartite Free Trade Area plods along slowly in Africa

June 1, 2017

Africa’s Tripartite Free Trade Area would reduce regional tariffs and create a pan-African single market, to aid development and cash in on a growing middle class in the continent. But with member countries often belonging to multiple economic areas, progress is both complex and slow, as Kit Gillet reports.

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Lebanon's banks advance with caution despite impressive results

June 1, 2017

The environment in which Lebanon's banks have been operating has been challenging, meaning that despite their steady growth a backdrop of uncertainty is influencing policy. And they are also having to contend with a public backlash regarding profits from a central bank swap offer, writes Edward Russell-Walling.

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New president, new hope for Lebanon

June 1, 2017

The long-awaited election of a new president in Lebanon has been welcomed both at home and abroad. However, the political process in the country is still moving at a snail's pace, and issues such as the influx of Syrian refugees and an eye-watering debt-to-GDP ratio continue to loom large, as Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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Are Lebanon’s Salamé days coming to an end?

June 1, 2017

Long-serving governor Riad Salamé is coming to the end of his fourth term at the helm of the Banque du Liban, Lebanon's central bank. Speculation is rife about whether he will be replaced but, as he tells Edward Russell-Walling, the decision is out of his hands.

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Fintech focus and international expansion bring boost to Japan's mega-banks

June 1, 2017

The central bank’s negative interest rate regime has hit Japan’s banking sector hard. But three local mega-institutions have shown resilience, both at home – partly through fintech investments – and abroad – by aggressive international expansion. Stefania Palma reports.

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ESMA chair's pursuit of a better single market

June 1, 2017

Steven Maijoor, the chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority, talks to Danielle Myles about preventing a post-Brexit regulatory race to the bottom, overhauling the equivalence regime, and the importance of supervisory convergence in building a capital markets union. 

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How will Latin America's infrastructure needs be financed?

June 1, 2017

As recession and scandals continue to blight the region's economy, can Latin America’s infrastructure needs dovetail with those of international banks and investors? Silvia Pavoni reports.

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Uruguay’s finance minister celebrates return of investor confidence

June 1, 2017

Uruguay’s economy and finance minister, Danilo Astori, talks to Silvia Pavoni about his country’s resistance to recession and its increasing attractiveness to overseas investors. 

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