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Trade deal loses clout

February 3, 2004

The new plans for an FTAA fall far short of ideals and economic growth could suffer, says Jonathan Wheatley.

Offshore era ends abruptly

February 3, 2004

Hugh O’Shaughnessy talks to Grenada’s Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell, about why the island’s time as an offshore financial services centre was so shortlived.

Uncertainty is killing business on the Nile

February 3, 2004

Currency devaluation, new provisioning requirements for banks and the question of a presidential successor are creating a climate that is discouraging investors. Mark Wallace and Jon Marks report.

Doha courts expats with step into CRM

February 3, 2004

With more than three-quarters of Qatar’s population come from overseas, Doha Bank is focusing on expatriate customers, says Parveen Bansal.
With energy needs expanding worldwide and oil prices remaining high, the Qatari economy is booming. Under the prudent leadership of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Ben Khalifa Al Thani, the state’s development strategy is focusing on diversification of the economy away from oil, toward extensive gas reserves and industrial expansion. Oil and natural gas revenues enable Qatar to have a per capita income not far below the leading industrial countries in western Europe.

China is hive of updating activity

February 3, 2004

Activity to update the banking systems is continuing in mainland China, one of the latest moves being Bank of China’s implementation of Summit Systems’ treasury and capital markets software across its interest rate derivatives trading desks.

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.

US legislators likely to delay Basel II signing

January 5, 2004

US concern over domestic banks looks set to put back the Capital Accord again, and may jeopardise hopes of a level playing field.

Turkey deserves recognition for hard-won success

January 5, 2004

Turkey has come a long way in achieving stability in the past year, a fact that recent events threaten to overshadow.

Past lessons learnt, hope for the future

January 5, 2004

Henrique de Campos Meirelles assesses the achievements of the Lula administration in leading Brazil out of crisis.
Brazil is living through a time of hope, in which it is re-discussing its past and its present in order to create a new future. Today, it is clear that this new future may be quite different and much better than the one envisaged at the beginning of 2003.

China expands foreign access to local markets

January 5, 2004

China’s top banking regulator played Santa Claus to foreign banks weeks before Christmas last year, announcing measures that gave them greater access to the local market.

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