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Odessa eyes status as Ukraine’s Silicon Valley

May 2, 2017

Known primarily as a holiday destination, Odessa is fast becoming a magnet for tech start-ups. Boasting highly skilled graduates and an entrepreneurial spirit, the port city has an ambition to become Ukraine’s San Francisco. Natasha Turak reports.

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Eastern Ukraine fights battle to convince investors

May 2, 2017

A rust-belt Soviet past, a geography that makes transporting goods expensive and the ongoing conflict with Russia are all hampering eastern Ukraine’s efforts to attract FDI. But cities such as Dnipro and Zaporizhia are committed to dispelling the old perceptions and attracting foreign investment to this resource-rich region, as Yuri Bender reports. 

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Pokrovsk looks to build a more independent future

May 2, 2017

For Pokrovsk in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, life goes on despite its proximity to the conflict in the country’s east. The city’s priorities include changing energy supply to save money, a move enabled by the government’s decentralisation drive. Mayor Ruslan Trebushkin tells Yuri Bender why budgetary importance is so important to the city.

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Cyprus banks' reversal of fortune

May 2, 2017

Though Cyprus's banking sector is in a much healthier state than it was during the crisis years of 2012 and 2013, high NPL ratios and the country's negative interest rate environment are casting a shadow over its recovery, as Michael Imeson reports.

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European investment banks take stronger foothold in the US

May 2, 2017

The US is the most important market for investment banks, a fact not lost on the European players ramping up their activity in the country. Jane Monahan looks at how these institutions are competing against their American counterparts.

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Top 100 CEE EU Banks ranking: Poland in pole position

May 2, 2017

Currency depreciation took its toll in The Banker's Top Central and Eastern Europe EU Banks rankings, leading to mixed results. Polish banks maintained their lead, with notable success stories coming from Romania and Slovenia. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

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CEO fine-tunes Maybank's business at home and abroad

May 2, 2017

Maybank’s president and CEO, Abdul Farid Alias, tells Stefania Palma how the lender is refining asset and liability management in its home market of Malaysia while growing in south-east Asian markets such as Indonesia.

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Bank of Mauritius governor takes long-term view on reforms

May 2, 2017

For the past two years, Mauritius’s central bank has fostered measures to fortify the country's banking sector, which accounts for 12% of its GDP. While reforms are paying off, challenges such as offshore business risk persist and need to be managed, as central bank governor Rameswurlall Basant Roi tells James King.

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EBRD president embraces fairer and greener vision of growth

May 2, 2017

As the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development prepares for its annual meeting in May, its president, Suma Chakrabarti, talks to Stefanie Linhardt about tackling global environmental challenges, hopes for the reunification of Cyprus and the possible impact of Brexit on EBRD financing.

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Pemandu chief takes Malaysia down moderate path

May 2, 2017

The CEO of Malaysia’s Performance Management and Delivery Unit, more commonly known as Pemandu, tells Stefania Palma how his decision to avoid a high-leverage economic model is benefiting the country.

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