Brian Caplen blog 2016

A Pacific plan: why protection against natural disaster is as vital as ever

October 25, 2016

As Brian Caplen continues his travels around the Pacific Island countries, he looks at how these places can protect themselves – both physically and economically – against the frequent natural disasters they contend with.

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Mongolia's flat economy leaves stock exchange in sleep mode

October 3, 2016

As Mongolia's economy slows, the chief executive of its stock market, Bolor Munkhsaikhan, tells Stefania Palma about efforts to deepen local capital markets to help hedge against a volatile currency and to diversify corporate borrowing away from bank loans.

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Agricultural Bank of China chairman takes rural route

October 3, 2016

Agricultural Bank of China has an impressive record when it comes to serving the country's rural areas. Newly appointed chairman Zhou Mubing tells Stefania Palma why the bank is committed to building its reach within the 'sannong' areas.

Huntaek Jung teaser

South Korea moves to reinvigorate limp markets

October 3, 2016

South Korea’s sound but stagnant capital markets are failing to attract investors. With the main index in the doldrums, the government is now intervening with revitalisation measures such as the launch of a new over-the-counter market. Michael Imeson reports.

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Why the Philippines must reform its tax system to end uneven growth

October 3, 2016

Over the past few decades, the Philippines has enjoyed stellar economic growth but its poverty rates have remained unacceptably high. Its newly appointed finance secretary explains how his tax reforms will bring an end to this situation.

Arun Jaitley teaser

Why India backs fast-tracking of the IMF's global quota and governance reforms

October 3, 2016

The IMF and World Bank must adapt their governance and quota reforms to reflect the growing global role of Asia and the rise of emerging economies, writes India's finance minister.

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Mongolia's banks stand strong amid economic turmoil

October 3, 2016

Mongolia's floundering economy is hitting the country's banks' growth, profits and asset quality. However, unlike previous such crises the lenders are coping well thanks in no small part to their impressive capitalisation. Stefania Palma reports.

Barnabas Reynolds

IFCs jockey for post-Brexit spoils

October 3, 2016

London has long been the world’s pre-eminent international finance centre. But is this position under threat due to Brexit and the rise of Asia? Edward Russell-Walling investigates.

Rio Tinto Mongolia teaser

Can Mongolia break out of its boom and bust cycle?

October 3, 2016

While it appears likely that Mongolia will need another IMF bailout, hopes are high that the newly elected MPP government's austerity package could introduce the transparency and fiscal reforms necessary to stabilise the economy for good. Stefania Palma reports.

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Mongolia's deputy finance minister adjusts to life in the fast lane

October 3, 2016

Mongolia's recently elected deputy finance minister, Khurelbaatar Bulgantuya, tells Stefania Palma how the country will finance a $2bn budget deficit before the end of the year.

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