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Pakistan agrees to sell majority stake in Habib

February 3, 2004

Pakistan has decided to sell 51% of the shares of Habib Bank to the Geneva-based Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) for about $400m in one of the country’s biggest privatisation deals ever, writes Farhan Bokhari.

Driven by confidence and conscience

February 3, 2004

Alfonso Prat-Gay, Argentina’s central bank governor, talks to Karina Robinson about his plans for recapitalising the ailing financial system.
In the run up to my meeting with 38-year-old Alfonso Prat-Gay, governor of the Central Bank of Argentina, I had met 16 top businessmen, bankers and economists who were uniformly charming and informative. So I feared for the famed trait of Argentine arrogance (the classic joke told to me by a host of locals is: How can you make a lot of money? Buy an Argentine for what you know he is worth and sell him for what he thinks he is worth). It was with a sigh of relief, then, that I encountered Mr Prat-Gay, who has that famed trait in spades.

The view from Singapore’s hot seat

February 3, 2004

Karina Robinson interviews Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong on developments in the region and in his homeland.

Cross-border pioneer fights on

February 3, 2004

Dexia is the result of a pioneering cross-border merger in Europe. Its experiences demonstrate the difficulties of executing an international strategy across a region within which regulations differ, writes Brian Caplen.

Clean-up boosts investors’ trust

February 3, 2004

Erol Sabanci, chairman of Akbank, tells Stephen Timewell of his optimism on recent sector reforms and the political and economic outlook for Turkey.

Auctions fuel growing distressed debt market

February 3, 2004

The Czech Republic’s distressed debt market is burgeoning. If insolvency law and other legal obstacles are addressed, banks could begin to extend new loans with confidence, says Robert Anderson.

KBC refuses to be beaten

February 3, 2004

Heavy losses in Poland and a fraud in Hungary have tarnished KBC’s central European crown but it plans to persevere in the region. Nicholas Spiro reports from Warsaw.

Conditional success

February 3, 2004

Indonesia is looking forward to growth this year, but this depends on whether the government can reduce corruption and achieve political and economic stability, writes Peter Janssen in Jakarta.

Moving in the right direction

February 3, 2004

Since the Asian crisis, Indonesia’s banking system has been shaken up and streamlined. Despite this, scandals still occur. Tim Johnston assesses progress so far, and discusses what the priorities must be for the recovering industry.

Big predators wait in wings

February 3, 2004

Some companies are already reaping the rewards of a bold decision to invest in Indonesia’s banking sector, but one investor is asking how long they will be able to operate before the big banks decide to move in.

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