With the US and European crises behind them, South American trade figures are back on an upward slope. Local banks are paving the way for improved relations with China, and Chinese banks are increasing their presence in the region. Even the proximity of the US could have its benefits.
Chronic infrastructure problems have weighed down Indonesia’s economy and prevented it from achieving greater growth. But that looks set to change, with some of the major barriers removed and a number of projects already under way.
With sharia-compliant investments outperforming their 'conventional' counterparts, appetite for these products can only be expected to grow. But the industry is still too fragmented, according to Ian Lancaster of Cogent Asset Management, with a lack of cross-border connectivity preventing it from achieving critical mass.
Bangladesh's central bank governor, Atiur Rahman, spent an academic career championing the cause of the country's poor. He is now – through the implementation of a number of socially responsible economic policies – putting his theories into practice, and with some success.
Bangladesh’s finance minister talks to Jane Cooper about the country’s stable gross domestic product growth, achievements in tax revenues and why he is confident that Bangladesh will become a middle-income country in the next five years.
Japan's ageing population may be a burden on the country's younger generations, but the older population is proving to be a profitable target market for the country's banks, which are addressing the needs of this growing market segment with new products and services.
The growth that has characterised the rise of the Islamic finance industry has thus far evaded the asset management segment of the market, with a dearth of institutions focused on the creation of sharia-compliant investment products. John A Sandwick of Islamic Wealth & Asset Management assesses the situation.
Three senior figures from the Islamic finance industry discuss how sharia-compliant project finance has fared in 2013 after a stellar decade, and look at its prospects – with a particular focus on sukuk – for 2014 and beyond.
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