Asia has been working on a capital markets union for almost two decades. Why is this process challenging? And is it fair to draw parallels between the Asian and European experience? Stefania Palma reports.
Traditionally strong in the UK, some Indian banks – such as SBI and Yes Bank – are setting up new operations of becoming subsidiaries and focusing on the retail market, and they are not letting the UK’s decision to leave the EU affect their plans.
India's public sector banks are suffering from high non-performing assets and poor capitalisation. The government is considering privatisation as a way to revamp these lenders – starting with IDBI Bank – but is this the right solution? Rekha Gupta Menon investigates.
As Thailand loses some of its allure, Japan’s big banks are following their corporates into Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, using their Thai subsidiaries as strategic partners. Peter Janssen reports.
With a newly acquired banking licence and a vast national network, India Post has huge potential to boost financial inclusion in the country. However, as industry experts point out, much will rest on it getting the fundamentals – the technology, management and expertise – in place. Rekha Gupta Menon reports.
China’s microfinance sector is still developing but has strong potential to reduce poverty and support local SMEs. What are the challenges and opportunities for microfinance institutions in the country? The International Finance Corporation’s country manager for China, South Korea and Mongolia, Simon Andrews, explains.
As a country with severe issues of financial exclusion, Pakistan is setting up an institutional framework supporting microfinance institutions. The latest innovation is the launch of the Pakistan Microfinance Investment Company. Edward Russell-Walling maps the sector's development.
After success stories in bank privatisation, Pakistan is now turning to ailing state firms in the airline, electricity and steel sectors. But large losses, competition and social unrest are making for a bumpy ride. Edward Russell-Walling reports.
Although Pakistan's economy has not met all government targets, its macro fundamentals are strong and the China Pakistan Economic Corridor is generating a lot of optimism. Is this enough to attract more foreign direct investment into the country? Edward Russell-Walling reports.