The Philippines has grown to have some of the strongest economic fundamentals in south-east Asia, thanks in no small part to the economic policies rolled out by finance secretary Cesar Purisima over the past six years. He talks to Stefania Palma.
Filipino banks continue to be some of the healthiest lenders in Asia. Now, record volumes in equity and debt capital markets offer a further source of growth in one of the strongest banking sectors in the region. Stefania Palma reports.
The Philippines has weathered the emerging markets storm that began in 2015 relatively well, meaning that its central bank has not needed to follow global trends and ease monetary policy. How has central bank governor Amando Tetangco achieved this? Stefania Palma finds out.
The governor of the Reserve Bank of India tells Stefania Palma about his role in halting the rupee’s slide and containing inflation to bring economic stability to the country. Not one to rest on his laurels, however, he is determined to reform India’s banking and corporate sectors.
India's finance minister, Arun Jaitley, tells Stefania Palma how he is using the country's strong economic performance to push through legal reforms and extend its financial inclusion programme.
The banking licences granted by India’s central bank to entities such as telcos, e-commerce companies and microfinance firms are shaking up one of the most traditional banking sectors in the Asia-Pacific region, threatening the dominance of the full-service public sector banks.
Vietnam is on its way to becoming a heavyweight presence in south-east Asia, with the top ranking for asset growth, while Indonesia retains its crown as the most profitable country in the region.
Asia's rapid development over the past two decades has brought the continent to the brink of becoming the world's economic powerhouse. However, its infrastructure shortfall – believed to be worth $6500bn between 2015 and 2020 – is threatening to hold the region back, unless it can scrape together the required funding to fill this gap.